Detroit Mercy is Service
University campuses are part of the larger world
If a University closed its borders to the non-University world around it and stuck to its core business (teaching and research) alone, it would drift toward being what has long been called an "ivory tower" mentality. Teaching and research must be in the service of the larger world.
Catherine McAuley's commitment to poor women opened her and her sisters ever since to an awareness that God does not reside only in the well tended parts of society.
Jesuits see their love of Jesus as a love of the wide world in all its complexity and beauty and violence.
Detroit Mercy's Clinics
Detroit Mercy's greatest service to society is the collective presence of the graduates we send out into the wide world.
However, the scope and range of Detroit Mercy's 16 clinics constitute the university's single most powerful force for serving the city's people. We define "clinic" as a center that simultaneously provides professional services to people who cannot afford market rates while at the same time assigning faculty to mentor students at the hands-on level. Working in a clinic doesn't only develop students' professional competence; it also brings students directly in touch with people whose poverty marginalizes them and often renders them invisible. With our 16 clinics, Detroit Mercy lives its mission: to educate students at a high level of excellence and to engage to the people of its city and metropolitan area. Detroit Mercy clinics invite our graduates to live as citizens of the world.
The most recent snapshot of all the clinics: Architecture (1), Dentistry (6), Nursing (1), Law (6), Psychology (1), Counseling (1) was updated on August 20, 2013.
The Clinic Snapshot is primarily designed as a report to the University Board of Trustees. It is currently due for a complete update of the number of clinics and the number of people served. Immediately below are the total number of individuals served, across all clinics, for the first three board reports:
April 24, 2007: 11,975
Feb. 16, 2011: 19,023
Aug. 20, 2013: 31,502
For individual links to clinics see below:
Service situations often touch troubled and sometimes violent places where the flaw lines of society rub hard. Research and teaching, the bread and butter work of every university, are done more realistically and smarter when the faculty and students intimately experience the challenges they and their fellow citizens face in the present world.