Commuter Student Association Virtual Meeting, Thursday Jan. 28

Virtual Meeting: Commuter Student Association Thursday, Jan. 28, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Join the discussion every week with fellow commuter students. The Commuter Student Association’s (CSA) purpose is to engage commuter students with on-campus activities by hosting events and addressing any concerns that commuters have at the University. Event Link    

60 in 60 Virtual Trivia

60 minutes, 60 questions and more than $200 in prizes! Student Life and Matrix Entertainment present a virtual trivia game night on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. Play on any device: phone, tablet or computer. Amazon gift cards will be awarded to winners after the show. Register for the …

Go Greek: National Panhellenic Conference recruitment

Students – Interested in joining a National Panhellenic Conference sorority? See below for the Winter 2021 recruitment schedule and registration information. If you have any questions, contact Student Life at studentlifeoffice@udmercy.edu. Wednesday, Jan. 27 – Open House/Philanthropy Round, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 – Sisterhood Round, 6 to …

Winter 2021 Intramural Sports and the UREC Champions Club

Registration for Winter 2021 intramural sports is now open! University Recreation (UREC) offers a variety of in-person and virtual intramural activities this semester, including ping pong, euchre and cornhole! See below for the full schedule. Intramurals are open to all Detroit Mercy students and employees, free of charge. For questions …

Winter 2021 UREC fitness class schedule

University Recreation offers free fitness classes to all Detroit Mercy students and employees. The Winter 2021 Fitness Class schedule is available below. Personal training is also available at the Student Fitness Center. To virtually attend this week’s fitness classes, visit the following: Yoga Cardio Dance Total Body Fix  Butts & …

Volunteer for service and justice

Are you graduating this semester? Are you interested in service and justice work? Have you considered post-graduate volunteering? First-round application deadlines are quickly approaching and University Ministry wants you to apply! Volunteers typically serve for one or two years, domestically or internationally, at various placement sites with marginalized communities. Volunteers …

Detroit Mercy celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, Black History Month with virtual events

A photo of the clock tower on University of Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus.

Detroit Mercy is celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and Black History Month with a series of virtual events and programs throughout January and February.

All events will be held virtually, with the exception of the African mask activity. Members of the Detroit Mercy community can learn more about how to participate in these programs by visiting Detroit Mercy Live.

Martin Luther King Jr. programming

Tuesday, Jan. 19-Friday, Jan. 22

Diversity, equity and inclusion module for employees and students

Brave & Bold Dialogues: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is a new module for Detroit Mercy students, faculty, and staff. This engaging awareness module guides individuals through self-reflection and awareness exercises, allowing them to have constructive conversations on the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion.

The entire Detroit Mercy community is encouraged to participate in Brave & Bold Dialogues.

Wednesday, Jan. 20

Faculty and student panel: The 2020 Racial Protests – What do they mean and where do we go from here?

1-2:30 p.m.

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake and many other African Americans died at the hands of police in 2020, sparking hundreds of racial protests and growing concern about racial inequity in law enforcement and beyond. A faculty and student panel will discuss what these protests mean, where we go from here and how things may change in the future.

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Discussion and Q&A with Rasheed Ali Cromwell, president of The Harbor Institute

1-2 p.m.

Rasheed Ali Cromwell, founder of Brave & Bold Dialogues: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, leads a follow-up discussion with the Detroit Mercy community, examining feedback from individuals participating in the awareness module.

Saturday, Jan. 30

Prayer Works: Praying with the Holy Spirit

9-10 a.m.

Detroit Mercy’s University Ministry and Gesu Catholic Church collaborate for this series on different styles of prayer. Pat Jones and Monica Moore will facilitate a conversation and experience of praying with the Holy Spirit. Register for Praying with the Holy Spirit.

Black History Month programming

Tuesday, Feb. 2

Book talk — Pulitzer Prize winner W. Caleb McDaniel on Sweet Taste of Liberty

6:30-8 p.m.

W. Caleb McDaniel, the Mary Gibbs Jones professor of Humanities and chair of the History department at Rice University, will discuss his book, Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America, which won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in History. The book tells the story of Henrietta Wood, who twice survived slavery and successfully sued her captor to receive the largest-known amount of restitution for slavery awarded by a federal court in 1878.

Read more about McDaniel and Sweet Taste of Liberty.

Thursday, Feb. 4

Ecumenical Service: Overcoming the Chains of Injustice

7-9 p.m.

This interactive conversation, drawing inspiration from the biblical passage of Isaiah 58:6-7, is facilitated by our guest, Dexter Sullivan. Learn how the Christian faith can teach the world ways to overcome injustice.

Tuesday, Feb. 9 and Thursday, Feb. 11

Arts and crafts: Make an African mask

5-7 p.m.

Detroit Mercy students and employees can pick up materials from Quad Commons to create their own African mask.

Thursday, Feb. 11

Book talk — Jason Young on Rituals of Resistance

6:30-8 p.m.

Jason Young, an associate professor of History at the University of Michigan, will discuss his book, Rituals of Resistance: African Atlantic Religion in the Kongo and the Lowcountry Region of Georgia and South Carolina in the Era of Slavery. The book is an exploration of the religious and ritual practices linking west-central Africa and the lowcountry region of the United States during the slavery era.

Saturday, Feb. 13

Prayer Works: Praying with the Examen

9-10 a.m.

Dianne Schultz, a spiritual director from Gesu Catholic Church, facilitates a conversation and experience of the Examen. Register for Praying with the Examen.

Monday, Feb. 15

Love Stories from the Underground Railroad

1-2:30 p.m.

Roy E. Finkenbine, professor of History and director of the Black Abolitionist Archive at Detroit Mercy, presents the story of freedom seekers William and Louisa Swan, who found sanctuary among the Odawa and Ojibwa of northern Michigan during the Civil War. The Swans were befriended by their Native American neighbors, who helped them through a series of tragedies. Detroit Mercy Theatre Company (DMTC) will also perform a dramatic reading, drawn from Louisa’s letters.

Friday, Feb. 19

Music and dance: West African drumming

7-8 p.m.

Join us for a night filled with West African drumming, led by drummer Baba Elliott McCants III. Activities include a performance and discussion on the history and significance of African drumming.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Inaugural W.E.B. Du Bois Community Symposium on Race

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ReBUILDetroit’s Science, Technology and Race learning community and the Akoma Center for Pan-Afrikan Research, Self Determination & Nationbuilding host an inaugural symposium on race on the 153rd anniversary of civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois’ birth.

This series of events is presented in conjunction with the African American Studies program, the Black Abolitionist Archive, the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company, the Religious Studies department, the Black Student Union, University Ministry and the Student Life Office.

Friday, Feb. 26

Music and dance: The history of jazz

7-8 p.m.

Learn about the history of a music genre that features African American roots with musician Ismail Douglas. ReBUILDetroit’s Institutional Development Core Coordinator Jahzara Mayes will speak on performance and demonstration.

Saturday, Feb. 20-March 13

Gesu Lent Reading Group on Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship

9-10:30 a.m.

Join the Gesu community on a four-week series to discuss and pray with the Pope Francis’ encyclical, Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship. Through the prism of the parable of the Good Samaritan, Pope Francis discusses the social problems plaguing our world and challenges us with the Gospel values needed to build and rebuild relationships. “The spiritual stature of a person’s life is measured by love,” Francis says. This love, he adds, must grow beyond our families and nation to include all people, where the worth of every person is acknowledged. Register for the Gesu Lent Reading Group.

Empathetic and service-oriented hearts apply for the San Damiano Award

Detroit Mercy students are encouraged to apply for the Franciscan Mission Service San Damiano Servant Leadership Award by Friday, Jan. 22. When St. Francis prayed in the small Portiuncula chapel before the San Damiano Cross, he heard our Lord tell him, “Rebuild my Church.” This call inspired St. Francis not …

Grit is Greatness: Student Organization Semester Capstone

Traditionally the Student Life Office invites students to participate in the Student Leadership & Service Conference at the beginning of the semester. This year, COVID-19 regulations changed those plans. Student Life now invites student organizations, and individual students alike, to join the virtual Student Organization Semester Capstone on Tuesday, Nov. …

Everyone at Safety Street 2020 had a gourd time

Thank you to all Detroit Mercy student organizations, departments and employees who supported this extra-safe and rain-soaked Safety Street! Curbside and contactless, volunteers distributed more than 600 pounds of donated candy to neighborhood trick-or-treaters on the McNichols Campus, Oct. 23. Detroit Mercy Dental also provided toothpaste, floss and appropriate dental …

Winter intersession, academic advising, class schedules and registration

The University will offer six online undergraduate courses in a Winter intersession, Tuesday, Jan. 5 to Friday, Jan. 15, before the Winter 2021 semester begins on Jan. 19. Undergraduate students will be allowed to register for one intersession course each. Credit and tuition for courses completed will be part of …

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi is featured in Detroit Free Press article, “Avenue of Fashion retailers see drop in sales, newer businesses struggle to stay afloat,” highlighting the importance of supporting The Avenue of Fashion and local businesses during this time. Read the article online.

Fall Festival photos online

Students safely enjoyed outdoor bubble soccer, painting, laser tag, giveaways and live music at this year’s Fall Festival. All areas followed CDC-approved sanitation protocols, social distancing guidelines and mask procedures. View the photo gallery on Facebook.

TRIO program will continue to service low income and first-generation students thanks to grant renewal

University of Detroit Mercy’s TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) will continue to positively impact students’ college experience thanks to the U.S. Department of Education announcing a renewal of a five-year Student Support Services (SSS) grant of more than $1 million. “With the COVID-19 global pandemic serving as an added potential …

Student Fitness Center floor reopens

The Student Fitness Center floor reopens on Monday, Sept. 21 with modified programs and procedures to keep the community engaged and safe. Visit the Student Fitness Center for current hours of operation. Latest COVID-19 Modifications To assure the safety and health of our Titan community, please be aware of the …

Creative writing class brings Detroit Mercy students and alumni together

University of Detroit Mercy Professor of English Nick Rombes decided to do something creative for his creative writing class this summer, inviting several alumni to audit the class to create a mix of alumni and current undergrad students. “The idea was to bring together students and alums from different age …

$1 million NSF grant supports underrepresented students

Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science recently received a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $998,996 to provide a support program for students historically underrepresented in STEM careers. The award is part of NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, which aims to increase and …

McNichols Campus Library welcomes students and offers round-the-clock resources

Dean Dean, along with the entire McNichols Campus Library team, welcomes our Titans back to campus with warm smiles (safely behind masks), scholarly resources and 24/7 online assistance.  For students on campus, the McNichols Campus Library is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from …

University Ministry offers virtual Mass and programming this fall

Stay informed on campus events this year through Detroit Mercy Live at live.udmercy.edu and follow University Ministry on all socials. Visit the University Ministry Office on the first floor of Shiple Hall, contact a University Minister or visit the University Ministry website for more information. Mass All faiths are welcome …

University Recreation starts fresh this fall with intramurals, fitness and more

The Student Fitness Center is now open and University Recreation is very excited to see Titans return to campus in a safe and healthy environment. Visit the Student Fitness Center for current hours of operation. COVID-19 Modifications To assure the safety and health of our Titan community, please be aware …

Detroit Mercy welcomes new students

Students arrived at Shiple Hall and other Detroit Mercy residence facilities from many parts of the country this week. Some students travelled from places as far as Massachusetts or California, while others came from right here in the city of Detroit. All of them expressed confidence in the University’s plans …

Hope for something better: A reflection from Selma

Developmental Psychology student LaRyn Ridgeway recently shared a reflection on racial justice and her University Ministry Service and Justice Immersion trip to Selma, Ala. The reflection was published by the Ignatian Solidarity Network: Ever since the eleventh grade, I’ve been passionate about racial justice, especially with regards to Black people. …

AJCU statement on ICE Guidance for international students

Detroit Mercy stands with the AJCU and its concerns about guidance for international students released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) expresses grave concern about guidance for international students released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday, …

Writing Center offers virtual appointments for summer students

The Writing Center will continue to provide resources and virtual consultations for Detroit Mercy summer semester students starting Monday, May 4. Students can book individual, half-hour appointments two weeks in advance and review all policies and instructions online. For proof of attendance, students are advised to share a screenshot directly …

Snapshots of a Pandemic

We may be in the middle of a pandemic, but life goes on. Detroit Mercy’s Marketing & Communications Team is collecting stories of the many inspiring and heartwarming ways our alumni, students and other members of the University community are responding. In the series we are calling “Snapshots of a …