Following Dominican’s tradition of refusing to stand on the sideline in the face of injustice, University Ministry provides opportunities for thoughtful and reflective engagement of some of the world’s deepest needs. Inspired by the Gospel and informed by rich Catholic social traditions, these opportunities address both immediate needs (service), as well as their root causes (justice). Additionally, University Ministry invites students to reflect on the significance of these experiences. In doing so, they might come to greater clarity about their part in transforming the world, as well as God’s invitation to their own transformation.

Participation in University Ministry also fosters the expression of community that is at the heart of Dominican University and one of the four pillars. The University Ministry Center provides opportunities and programs on campus that bring together students of all backgrounds to give expression to an intentionally inclusive, authentically diverse, and genuinely welcoming University community. Taking time with and for others allows relationships to deepen, strengthens the interaction and relationships of students, faculty and staff, and provides outreach to all parts of the University.

To see which community outreach events are happening soon, check out the News and Events page and EngageDU.

Visit the post graduate volunteer service page for opportunities following graduation.

Community Outreach

Bagel Days

Stop by University Ministry on the first Wednesday of each month for the ever-popular Bagel Day! Bagels, fair trade coffee and juice are available, as well as opportunities to learn more about the programs of the University Ministry Center and other engagement opportunities across campus. Our doors open at 8:00 a.m. and we stick around until the bagels are gone (usually about 10:00 a.m.). Bagel Day is sponsored with the Office of Student Involvement.

Cultural Events & Opportunities

Culture is an integral dimension of faith. University Ministry opens spaces for students, faculty, and staff to celebrate particular cultural traditions that make the Church a diverse and living community. These are moments of immersion in history and the lived experiences of faith of various peoples. We invite our communities into rich and textured narratives presented within their complex contexts. Past experiences have included mini-immersions to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Día de los Muertos exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art, cultural heritage Masses that are collaborations with Dominican University’s Polish Club, the Organization of Latin American Students, and Black Student Union, and accompaniment outings with various faith communities across a variety of traditions.

Local Service Opportunities

Service in the Streets

Join students and staff as we prepare and provide sandwiches, hygiene packs and conversation to people who experience homelessness in downtown Chicago. There is no cost to participate, and students are invited to take part as often as scheduling allows. 

Come to the Table

Come to the Table is a service opportunity done in collaboration with the Quinn Community Center in the neighboring community of Maywood. Students serve dinner and build relationships with the families who utilize the community center as they sit and eat with those they meet, all while learning about food justice and community empowerment.