I traveled with a small group of other UD students to Chicago where we stayed with a community of year-of-service volunteers at the Amate House and did various service throughout Chicago for a week. Our service included helping in classrooms at a low-income K-8 school, serving a meal at a free food café, helping food depositories with sorting, and interacting with residents at a retirement home.
I attended meetings and helped promote the club's petition to remove Hershey's products from campus due to their failure to disclose their full business practices and to look for a Fair Trade alternative brand of chocolate. The petition would also create a student-faculty task force to examine the practices of companies with which the University of Dayton does business and in which it invests, so the university upholds its Marianist mission.
Residential Housing Association-Stuart Area Council
I attended bi-weekly Stuart Area Council (SAC) meetings to plan and learn about upcoming Residential Housing Association (RHA) events in order to relay the info to my floor in the first-year Stuart dorm. I then promoted and attended theevents. Such RHA events were meant to provide programming for first-year students and give them opportunities to meet others from their dorms.
During both the fall and spring semesters, I attended this three-week-dinner series run by the Center for International Programs to bring together international and American students for a meal. At the dinner socials, I met and conversed with international students, making new friends in the process. I also attended the closing socials to end each of the semesters.
Over my fall break in 2014, I stayed in town to participate in the REAL Dayton, meaning Reaching out, Enriching yourself, Acting for others, and Learning about Dayton. During the long weekend, I was introduced to many significant sites around the city, met passionate Daytonians, discovered the city's assets and challenges, and performed service in the community as well. As a leader for the 2015 experience, I help plan the program and make it a success for the new participants in the fall.
I played on numerous men's and coed intramural sports teams, including dodge ball, outdoor soccer, flag football, battleship, indoor volleyball, floor hockey, and indoor soccer. I served as captain for some of the teams.
As a participant, I came to campus before my first year to learn more about UD and its Marianist identity, the Campus Ministry and Center for Social Concerns departments, the city of Dayton, and some of the social work agencies in the city. I also connected with other incoming students. As a leader, I have helped plan the program and will act as a mentor and ambassador in welcoming incoming students to the university and introducing them to the above mentioned aspects of Dayton.