Experiential Learning at the University of Dayton

The Office of Experiential Learning

Mission and Vision:

The Office of Experiential Learning (OEL) supports and promotes innovative, high-impact experiential learning (EL) across the University of Dayton (UD).  Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, OEL believes that all students at UD should have access to experiential learning as part of their UD Marianist education for the whole person- mind, hands, and heart.

Through collaboration with EL practitioners and educators at UD, OEL fosters mindfulness and intentionality around EL and its transformative potential for students. OEL supports faculty and staff as they help students articulate and synthesize the lessons they have learned through hands-on, applied learning, and they ways they will make use of this experiential knowledge to make an impact in the world.

OEL Goals:
  • Develop and support faculty, staff, and student communities of practice around our common mission and vision for experiential learning
  • Assist in the coordination, implementation, and communication of EL efforts at UD
  • Ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion for EL, so that students of all backgrounds and identities have the opportunity to engage in rich EL opportunities
  • Support student success- personally, academically, professionally, and vocationally- by increasing student engagement with quality EL
  • Provide models and resources for EL best-practices, including EL assessment, reflection, mentorship, and advising
  • Support student-driven learning and student-centered design of EL by listening to student voices and perspectives

Karen Velasquez

Director of Experiential Learning


Allyson Pacifico

Research and Development Specialist

Allyson Pacifico is a senior majoring in Applied Math Economics and minoring in Computer Science and Communications. As the Experiential Learning Research and Development Specialist, she aims to expand the experiential learning inventory through compiling resources for students and faculty such as scholarly articles or data analysis. 


Christopher Miller

Program Coordinator and Peer Advisor

Chris Miller is from Lorain, Ohio, which is about thirty minutes west of Cleveland. He majors in communication with a concentration in journalism, and a minor in music technology. As a Program Coordinator and Peer Advisor, he facilitates monthly peer advising workshops and helps with student spotlights for the Experiential Learning Lab.

Sophia Williamson

Digital Media Specialist

Upcoming OEL Events

Sep19

EL Lab: Creative Workshop

4 p.m. — 7 p.m.

Oct17

EL Lab: Creative Workshop

4 p.m. — 7 p.m.

Contact Us

Office of Experiential Learning

Roesch Library 034 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 

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