Educating Leaders Who Build Communities.

As a Marianist and Catholic university, we are called to more than service. We are called to learning. We are called to leadership. We are called to justice. We are called to build community.

Carrying out the University of Dayton's vision as a national leader in educating community builders, the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community initiates and sustains partnerships with urban neighborhoods and larger communities for both comprehensive community building and as a context for connected learning and scholarship. The Center stimulates, coordinates and facilitates learning and scholarship throughout the University, within the community and between the two.



Dayton Corps

The University of Dayton will partner with the City of Dayton and Dayton Metro Libraries on a $385,000 initiative to improve the quality of life in local neighborhoods.

Cruising Chinese Waterways

With the Rivers Stewards

Students in the River Stewards program study waterways through an international lens with the course Socio-Economic Change in China: A Case Study of Suzhou and its Waters, taught by President Emeritus Dan Curran.


32nd Annual CityLinks Neighborhood Leadership Conference

Read about the 2017 conference and watch video highlights.


What the River Knows

National Geographic highlighted the City of Dayton, the Great Miami River, Five Rivers Fountain of Lights and the River Stewards in their blog Water Current on Nov. 1, 2016.

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Propel Ohio

Fitz Center Propels Ohio

The executive director of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! program will be the keynote speaker Friday, Oct. 14, at a statewide conference at the University of Dayton aimed at connecting college students to public service careers in Ohio.

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Levitt Pavilion

Levitt Pavilion

WRGT-TV/Fox 45 reports

Members of the Fitz Center's Dayton Civic Scholars show their support for the City of Dayton's recent approval of the proposal to create a free music venue in Downtown Dayton. Plans for the Levitt Pavilion have moved to the design stage and construction is slated for spring 2017.

River Stewards 2016

River Stewards Orientation 2016

WDTN-TV/Channel 2 reports on the River Stewards' two-day kayak trip down the Great Miami River.

Jessica Kerr

First Place Business Plan

Jessica Kerr, an intern for the Fitz Center's Community Engaged Learning program, won first place and $25,000 for her idea for Aer, an at-home lung function monitor in the University of Dayton's 10th annual Business Plan Competition. Jessica will graduate in May 2016 with majors in marketing and entrepreneurship from the School of Business Administration.

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2016 June Newsletter

Newsletter: Community Leader

Read about the events, the activities and the people that make the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community a strong force in the Greater Dayton community. The stories in our newsletter, Community Leader will inspire you to become involved in a myriad of ways.

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300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1445