Ryan's Dream

Like many students, Ryan arrived on University of Dayton’s campus ready to demonstrate that he could succeed in a very demanding academic environment.  Ryan did just that and successfully negotiated having a disability through determination and support from Disability Services. At the end of his second year experience, Ryan wrote a paper in which he described a vision of a learning center on campus where students with disabilities could access state-of-the-art technology, as well as a caring and expert staff.

“I realize that this plan is an ambitious undertaking...
with dedication, perseverance, and endurance, anything can be achieved."
- Ryan C. Harris (May, 1997)

Ryan’s life ended young; however, Ryan’s dream is alive and well.   Through a generous donation, Ryan’s father not only equipped an assistive technology lab, but also expanded Ryan’s dream to create a space designed to instill passion in all students and faculty for learning and teaching. The Ryan C. Harris Learning Teaching Center is proud to be dedicated to the memory of a UD student and to fulfilling his dream.