UDM is Service

Service at UDM

University campuses are part of the larger world around them. 

If a university closed its borders to the non-university world around it and stuck to its core business (teaching and research) alone, it would drift toward being what has long been called an "ivory tower" mentality.   Teaching and research must be in the service of the larger world.

Catherine McAuley's commitment to poor women opened her and her sisters ever since to an awareness that God does not reside only in the well tended parts of society.

Jesuits see their love of Jesus as a love of the wide world in all its complexity and beauty and challenges.

How Does UDM Serve?

UDM's greatest service to society --  the graduates its sends out into the wide world.

The scope and range of UDM's 17 clinics is the university's single most powerful force for serving the city's less prosperous adults and children. We define a "clinic" as a center that simultaneously provides professional services to people who cannot afford market rates while at the same time faculty mentor students at the hands-on level as they provide the services. Working in a clinic doesn't only develop students' professional competence; it also brings students directly in touch with people whose poverty marginalizes them and often renders them invisible. With our 17 clinics, UDM lives its mission to educate students at a high level of excellence and its mission to minister to the people of its city and metropolitan area. Besides ensuring professional excellence, the clinics invite our graduates to live as citizens of the world in which they live and practice.

The most recent snapshot of all the clinics {Architecture (1), Dentistry (2), Nursing (1), Law (11), Psychology (1), Counseling (1)} was updated on August 20, 2013.

Clinic Snapshot (.pdf)

Total number of individuals served:

April 24, 2007: 11,975
Feb. 16, 2011: 19,023
Aug. 20, 2013: 31,502

For individual links to clinics see immediately below

UDM clinics: Law | Dental | Counseling | McAuley Health Center | Psychology | Detroit Collaborative Design Center

Other UDM Outreach Services:

Service situations often touch troubled and sometimes violent places where the flaw lines of society rub hard. Research and teaching, the bread and butter work of every university, are done more realistically and smarter when the faculty and students intimately experience the challenges they and their fellow citizens face in the present world.