Through exploration of civic needs and compassionate response, our students are exposed to real world conditions.

Our aim is to empower students to contribute to social change and become community leaders. With a diverse range of opportunities spanning from international to local initiatives, every student at Dominican Univeristy can find their path to making a meaningful impact during their college journey.

Community Engagement & Leadership Development Opportunities:

  • Alternative Spring Break
  • Charger Chats
  • Charger Leadership Institute
  • Experience El Salvador Mission Trip
  • Relay for Life
  • Sister Catherine Howard Food Pantry

If you do not find what you are looking for, contact Community Engagement & Leadership Development: 845-848-4122

Below are some available service & leadership opportunities.

Alternative Spring Break

Dominican University offers students the chance to make a difference during Spring Break. Working alongside their peers, they dedicate this time to partnering with Habitat for Humanity, aiding families in low-income areas who need housing. Students contribute to building, painting, and other tasks essential for constructing homes. Throughout this experience, they embrace simplicity, disconnect from technology, and embark on meaningful self-reflection.

Charger Chats

Charger Chats provide the Dominican University community with a platform to dive deeper into diverse topics through insights from field experts. Students, faculty, and staff have the chance to gain firsthand knowledge as leaders share their personal journeys and provide detailed explanations of their field. Each session typically includes a question and answer segment, offering attendees a more comprehensive understanding of the subject matter.

Charger Leadership Institute

The Charger Leadership Institute is crafted to nurture emerging leaders, offering essential insights into effective leadership practices. Available to all students seeking to enhance their leadership skills, whether for on-campus or off-campus roles, the program provides opportunities to pursue four distinct tracks throughout their time at Dominican University. Each track is meticulously designed to continually enhance students’ leadership abilities. Consisting of six sessions per track over the academic year, sessions are held on Friday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm. With the overarching goal of developing resilient leaders for the future, the Charger Leadership Institute empowers students to thrive in their leadership endeavors.

The Catherine Howard Campus Food Pantry

Dominican University’s Food Pantry is open and available to all current students. We are located in the main hallway of the Sullivan Library. If you need help finding us, the front desk library representative will direct you. There are breakfast foods, quick foods, and meals to make at home such as pasta, mashed potatoes, and tuna. Once arriving – you can fill out a form and provide any suggestions. Students are welcome to return as often as need.

Location: Sullivan Library
Email: | Phone: 845-848-5020 or 845-848-4122 | IG: @dcfoodpantryPlease email to schedule an appointment

The Catherine Howard Campus Food Pantry is an approved member of the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

Experience El Salvador Mission Trip

Experience El Salvador is a collaborative program between Dominican University and Molloy University. During students Winter Break in early January, students engage in community outreach in Sol Naciente and Once, two communities located in La Union, El Salvador. Working at a Children’s Summer Camp, they contribute through activities like arts and crafts, playtime, music, and community service projects. This collaboration between Dominican University and Molloy University enriches the experience for students from both institutions, fostering impactful connections and service opportunities.

Relay for Life

Relay for Life is a meaningful event for the Dominican University Community. We are committed to creating a campus culture that supports this important cause. We work with the American Cancer Society to support research and provide patient services.

Our 2024 event is on Friday, April 19th, 2024. Click HERE to help our fundraising efforts or to sign up as a participant! Every person & dollar makes a difference.

Click HERE for more information about Relay for Life.