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Community Outreach - The Institute

Service Learning Classes


Each year 80 courses across the University incorporate Service Learning in classes, resulting in course-related, direct services to the poor and marginalizes in our community. Each year, approximately 1,500 UDM student volunteers provide about 12,000 hours of service in conjunction with more than 100 community service agencies.

Emerging Leaders Program

Students in the co-curricular Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) complete 250 hours of service in order to qualify for the Emerging Leaders’ Medallion or 125 hours to qualify for the Emerging Leaders’ Pin. For more information about the Emerging Leaders Program, visit (link)

Ford Community Corp Partnerships

Through a grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Institute is able to support faculty-students teams who create service-learning projects in 10 Winter Term classes and four Fall Term classes. This initiative involves approximately 150 students who serve more than 400 individuals in our community. For more information on the program, visit (link).

Community Partnerships

The Institute maintains partnerships with area community organizations and agencies such as Mercy Education Project, Gesu School, Sts. Peter & Paul Warming Center, Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, Neighborhood Services Organization and Manna Meats, in order for UDM students, faculty and staff to volunteer their support in addressing some of the area's social problems and injustices. Each school year, approximately 1,500 UDM student volunteers provided service in conjunction with more than 100 community service agencies.

ptvOrientation Outreach Program

During the Fall PTV orientation program for freshman students, approximately 370 students and colleagues performed community service at 16 community agencies.

The Institute

Learn about UDM's Institute for Leadership and Service on the Institute's website.