Our History & Impact

The Fitz Center was created in 2002 by combining Strategies for Responsible Development/INCLUD (1974-1997), Center for the Study of Family Development (1979-2000), Social Science Research Center (1986-2000), and the Center for Family and Community Research (2000-2002). It was built on solid relationships with dozens of neighborhood, community nonprofit and government organizations and associations.

Achievements in Ten Years

  • Genesis Project and Brown Street vision
  • Dayton's Neighborhood School Centers
  • Rivers Institute and Ohio’s Great Corridor
  • Presenters at local, regional and national conferences
  • Leadership in Building Communities Seminar - Relationships with more than 20 Dayton neighborhoods
  • Five student leadership programs: Semester of Service, Dayton Civic Scholars, River Stewards, Neighborhood School Centers interns, and Graduate Community Fellows
  • Central to multiple national recognitions for University of Dayton for its role in the local community
  • The community building focus has attracted national attention and influenced directions of other universities in their communities.
  • The Fitz Center uses highly regarded scholarship (Harvard, Northwestern, MIT, Penn, Kettering Foundation), but the Center believes that new knowledge is created every day in partnership with local citizens.
  • The practiced principles of the Fitz Center are not novel, but the combinations are highly unusual and worthy of careful study.

Find Us.

Fitz Center for Leadership in Community

St. Joseph Hall 433 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1445