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As an independent Catholic institution of higher education, the University of Detroit Mercy supports a mission focused on teaching and learning. However, another important facet of UDM’s mission is service to others. Both the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, which guide the University, have emphasized community service as a vital aspect in the education and development of students. Through a comprehensive curriculum, students are challenged to develop their social, leadership and service responsibilities.

Community Outreach

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UDM Services 

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Community Outreach


President Garibaldi in the Schools & Community

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For the past two years, President Dr. Antoine Garibaldi has been consistently involved in the Detroit community. He actively promotes programs based on both student and University involvement, has renewed current relationships, and has developed new collaborations with local and regional high schools, colleges and universities, foundations, economic development organizations and local leaders. As the University has a commitment to its urban mission of community engagement and renewal of the city and the region, Dr. Garibaldi has taken steps to ensure the University’s involvement in a broad spectrum of local activities.


Student Community Engagement

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The two traditions, Jesuit and Mercy, which guide the University’s mission of service, emphasize community engagement in the education and development of students. Many students have been dynamic participants in UDM’s partnership with local communities. Videos have been created, in a number of disciplines, which allow UDM students to share their own community service experiences.



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UDM’s School of Architecture is highly involved in the Detroit community. Through a number of projects and programs, students engage with local stakeholders in creating a sustainable future for Detroit. Two of these consist of the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP), where high school students attend a series of classes at the SOA, and the Master’s of Community Development Program, which focuses on working extensively with neighborhood groups.


College of Business Administration

UDM’s College of Business Administration is involved in a number of community projects and programs. Some of these consist of: “Women Mean Business,” a cosponsored event at the Symposium at Mercy High School in April, provide free income tax assistance to low-income community residents, teach Financial Literacy classes to Detroit-area public high school students, and engage in voluntary outreach to more than 30 city-wide organizations. More >>



In 2012, UDM’s School of Dentistry participated in 28 outreach events, screening 505 children and adults and providing 11, 668 oral health kits. The Dental Clinic provided services to 25,000 patients last year, and collaborated with the Society of St. Vincent DePaul to establish a free dental clinic at the Society’s location on Gratiot Avenue in Detroit. At the free Dental Clinic, students and faculty provide free dental services one Saturday a month, with plans to expand the program to two Saturdays a month. The School of Dentistry is also partnering with the Veterans Administration Medical Center to provide veterans with needed dental treatment, including dental restoration, to assist them in re-entering civilian life and beginning job searches. More >>


College of Liberal Arts and Education

The College of Liberal Arts & Education at UDM is engaged in dynamic community outreach.  The College cohosted Camp Infinity, a summer camp to interest middle-school age girls in STEM careers, last year on the McNichols Campus, and the Education Department partners with several Detroit schools for student teacher placements and field experiences. This includes special education undergraduate students who tutor Loyola High School students and serve as aides to teachers in the classroom. More >>


College of Engineering and Science

Each year, the College provides K-12 STEM outreach programs to 4,000 students between 4th and 12th grade through Saturday classes, summer camps and exciting curriculum designed to motivate the next generation to consider careers in engineering and science. Three innovative programs are involved, such as: the Ford Innovation Camp, Camp Infinity, and Transit Camp. Nearly 2,000 metropolitan Detroit elementary and secondary public, private and parochial students are taught on the UDM campus each year. More >>


College of Health Professions

UDM’s College of Health Professions, including the McAuley Health Center clinics, host faculty, students and alumni who have continued to provide service and volunteerism to community–based organizations throughout the city. These services are inclusive of health screening and physical exams, and outreach activities to underserved populations. In addition, faculty and administrators performed research this past year to address areas related to the community, underserved populations, access to care and critical health indicators. Research areas included health literacy, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, women’s health and financial outcomes. More >>



UDM’s School of Law provides pro bono legal assistance to more than 2,100 clients, including indigent youths and adults, veterans, immigrants and local citizens needing legal representation facing mortgage foreclosure and consumer claims. This is conducted through the School’s 10 law clinics. The School of Law’s Public Interest Fellowship Program also provides law students with an opportunity to work for agencies serving the poor, disadvantaged, marginalized or underrepresented of society. More >>


athleticsStudent-Athletes participated in a variety of community service projects this past school year, including work with the underserved in Detroit. This consisted of providing meals through the project Sandwich Bus, working with the Special Olympics, training female athletes in underserved areas, and working with Habitat For Humanity. More >>

UDM Services


College of Engineering and Science Pre-college Programs

The College of Engineering and Science at the University of Detroit Mercy has a long history of serving students from the metro Detroit area in its pre-college programs. Our oldest program started in 1982 through a partnership with the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP). More >>


Counseling Clinic

UDM’s Counseling Clinic serves approximately 300 individuals per year, including assessment and treatment, at no cost. It is now the largest no-cost mental health clinic in southeastern Michigan and serves many individuals who would not otherwise have access to mental health treatment. Students in this program contribute to the emotional health of those in the community; this past winter they served 120 homeless veterans a hot meal and distributed warm clothing and personal care items. More >>


Detroit Collaborative Design Center

UDM’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center was the first University-based design center in metropolitan Detroit to provide design services to non-profit community and civic organizations. This past year, as part of the engagement strategy for the Detroit Works Long Term Planning for the City of Detroit, the Detroit Collaborative Design Center convened discussion groups of over 75,000 community members at venues throughout Detroit from December 2011 to mid-August 2012. The collected input has been included in a planning document for the city named “Detroit Future City.” More >>


McAuley Health Center

UDM’s McAuley Health Center clinics provide primary care and community outreach services on both the eastside and northwest sides of Detroit. As representatives of a medically underserved population, service through UDM is provided to over 2,500 clients covered by Medicaid, Medicare, Medicaid and Medicare HMOs, Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and MIChild in 2009. The Clinic also provides services to the uninsured through the Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program and Mercy Primary Care. More >>


Psychology Clinic

The Psychology Clinic at UDM provides reduced cost assessment and therapy for educational, psychological and emotional issues to children, as well as to adolescents and adults. The total number of clients, many of which are underserved, totals approximately 250-300 individuals. More >>


Dental Clinics

Through two clinics, four outreach clinics and a mobile unit, the University’s School of Dentistry offers oral health services and education to a number of clients, many of which are underserved. Last year, services were provided to 25,000 patients for a total of 120,000 patient visits. More >>


Law Clinics

The UDM School of Law provides legal outreach services to approximately 2,100 clients through ten different clinics located in the George J. Asher Law Clinic Center, which opened last year. The University’s School of Law is also the only law school in the nation to have a mobile law office that travels Michigan and the nation assisting veterans through Project SALUTE, our Veteran’s Clinic. More >>