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Each year, the ODU community explores one of the themes of our Core CurriculumThe theme for the 2018-19 academic year is Justice.
The theme of Justice will be discussed and emphasized through classroom assignments, discussions, common readings and community service.

ODU's Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Dominican Studies will also host talks and lectures throughout the year to provide opportunities for the community to engage in conversation about Justice.

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10,000 Service Hours


The ODU community has pledged to complete 10,000 hours of community service by the end of the academic year.

Students, faculty and staff serve the community through food and blood drive, volunteering at food bank and soup kitchens, visiting the sisters at Mohun Health Care Center, participating in Make a Difference days and more.

Get involved and be sure to track your hours to help us reach our goal!
  • 2018-2019 Events on Justice

    You’re invited to join Ohio Dominican University during the 2018–19 academic year on an exploration of our academic common theme of Justice.

    The Office of Academic Affairs (through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities) and the Center for Dominican Studies are co-sponsoring the events, which provide comprehensive opportunities for the students, alumni, staff, faculty and friends to engage in the conversation together.ā€‹

    The following events are free and open to the public, and will be held on ODU’s campus at 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219.

    • Aug. 23, 2018 – Convocation, Presenter: Father Joshua Wagner, Diocese of Columbus; 10:45 a.m. in the Alumni Hall gymnasium
    • Sept. 13, 2018 – “Justice and Global Poverty: Hearing the Cries of the Poor”; Presenter: Ronald Carstens, Ph.D., ODU professor of Political Science; 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
    • Sept. 27, 2018 – “Justice for Immigrants: I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me”; Presenters: Julie Hart, Ph.D., ODU associate professor of Sociology; Rev. Joe Mas, immigration attorney; Austin Kocher, immigration activist; and Edith Espinal, undocumented immigrant; 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
    • Oct. 11, 2018 – “Women, The Heartbeat of Society”; Presenters: Imali Abala, Ph.D., ODU professor of English; Virginia McCormack, Ed.D., ODU professor of Education; Kelsey Squire, Ph.D., ODU associate professor of English; and Anjel Stough-Hunter, Ph.D., ODU assistant professor of Sociology; 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
    • Oct. 25, 2018 – “The Racial Divide”; Presenters: John Grant, Ph.D., ODU associate professor of Business and Dominican Sisters of Peace Associate; and Helen McKinley, Dominican Sisters of Peace Associate; 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
    • Nov. 14, 2018 – St. Albert the Great Lecture, “New Strategies for Targeting Cancer: Shining Light on Transition Metal Complexes”; Presenter: Claudio Turro, Ph.D., Dow Professor at The Ohio State University; 11 a.m. in the Matesich Theatre, Erskine Hall
    • Jan. 24, 2019 – St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture, “Light out of Darkness: Dominican Stories of Justice”; Presenters: Sr. Kathleen McManus, OP, Ph.D., associate professor of Theology at the University of Portland; 11 a.m. in the Matesich Theatre, Erskine Hall
    • April 25, 2019 – St. Catherine of Siena Lecture, “Justice – Seeing Catherine through Contemporary Eyes”; Presenter: Sr. Megan McElroy, OP, D.Min., Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, Michigan; 3:30 p.m. in the Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
    Videos from past events hosted by ODU's Center for Dominican Studies are available to enjoy online.

    See Videos
  • #ODUJustice
    What does justice mean to you? We invite you to share your answers and experiences at our events by using #ODUJustice on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Service Opportunities

    Check out MyODU Calendar and Campus Ministry Service Opportunities for current projects and events. There many ways to volunteer throughout the year: 

    • Blood drives
    • Food drives
    • Fall and spring "Make a Difference" Days
    • Visiting the sisters at Mohun Health Care Center
    • After-school tutoring at Shepard Library. Monday through Thursday: 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. You do not have to call ahead – just walk in and people will be there to guide you.
    • St. Stephens Community House. Call (614) 294-6347 for details.
    • YWCA Family Center. Contact Jessica Wichtman-Will at 253-3916. 
    • Bishop Griffin Center. Call (614) 338-8220 for details.
    • Life Care Alliance. Call (614) 278-3130.
  • Track Your Hours

    Let us know when you've completed service projects. 

    Track your hours through our simple form for each service project.

    Submit Your Hours

Share Your Story


Name one experience from this year that has given you a deeper insight of self, others, creation and God.