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From the moment that I walked onto UD’s campus back in 2019, my tour guide brought to my attention that for the next four years I would hear one word repeatedly, and that word is community. Now after living at UD for the past three years, I have been able to explicitly see the community that has been built and partake in community building through engaging in parents weekend activities, for example, and seeing how many people come together to celebrate the gift that we have of being a Flyer. This idea of community has been instilled in us as Flyers since day one and has been something that I have continued to learn about and discuss in length for the work that I do as a River Steward.


University of Dayton Rivers Institute, Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, River Stewards, Great Miami River