Community Engagement

Community engagement has been a cherished value of Notre Dame of Maryland University since its foundation. The SSND founders’ vision promoted the ultimate dignity of each person, the essential solidarity of all and responsible stewardship for all that is entrusted to us.


NDMU Service Definition

Service is an integral part of our educational experience. We believe that service transforms all involved – those who serve as well as those served.

  • Each of us plays an active role in the transformation of the world. Our community of faculty, staff, and students actively and intentionally commit ourselves to service.
  • Service connects us to life, to persons, to our communities and to the environment, toward the mutual transformation of all involved.
  • Service involves a process of immersion in the lived reality of others, personal reflection on our experience and on the human condition of our time and action for the greater good.
  • Within the framework of the vision of our founders and the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, our cherished goal for a successful NDMU education is a “sending forth” of our students, prepared to transform the world through a life committed to service.

Community Partners

Some of our community partners include:

  • Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital
  • Govans Elementary School
  • Tunbridge Public Charter School
  • Aslyee Women's Enterprise
  • Catholic Charities 
    • Weinberg Housing and Resource Center
    • My Sister's Place
    • Our Daily Bread
  • Hampden Family Center
  • St. Joseph Medical Center

Service Learning Courses

Courses may be designed and offered by faculty to include service-learning at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Bonner Leaders

The Bonner Leaders Program is a four-year service and leadership program that supports a strong team of students working to bring about positive community change through service, research, and action.

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York Road Education Service (YES) Program

Notre Dame of Maryland University, with the help of CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA, has introduced the York Road Education and Service (YES) Program. With a vision to support college preparation and increased academic achievement in Baltimore youth, the YES Program has partnered with local charter schools, Govans Elementary and Tunbridge Public Charter. Having successfully launched a tutoring program in academic year 2018-2019, YES is expected to include a mentoring program in 2019-2020 and a health program in 2020-2021.
For more information please contact the CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA Member, Hannah Cook at hcook@ndm.edu

Omega Phi Alpha (OPA) 

OPA is a nationally recognized service-sorority on campus. The purpose and goals of this sorority are to assemble its members in the fellowship of Omega Phi Alpha, to develop friendship, leadership and cooperation by promoting service to the university community, to the community-at-large, to the members of the sorority, and to the nations of the world.

International Service

Service Abroad is a four to five week independent summer or winter course that focuses on serving in other cultures. It is an opportunity to perfect the balancing of academics, experiential learning, and personal growth experiences while expanding your self-giving. Learn More about Service Abroad.

Annual Service Learning Awards

The Service-Learning Faculty Award

The Service-Learning Faculty Award recognizes a faculty member who has incorporated service-learning into a least one course, helped foster student commitment to serving their community, and facilitated student reflection as a mechanism for understanding the value and connectedness between service-learning and course learning objectives.

NDMU faculty recipients:

Year Faculty
2019 Juliann DuPuis, Professor of Education
2018 Stephanie Savick, Professor of Education
2017 Maria Mouratidis, Professor of Psychology
2016 School of Pharmacy Clinical and Administrative Sciences Faculty
2015 Sabita Persaud, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Nursing
2014 NDMU100 Teaching Teams
2013 Linda Stilling, SSND, Professor of Modern Foreign Languages
2012 Leonor Blum, M.A., Associate Professor of History
2011 Susan Barber, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History
2010 Sally Wall, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology
2009 RaeAnn Wuestman, Ph.D., Professor of Education
2008 Joanne Gladden, Ph.D., Professor of Nursing
2007 Kathleen Marie Engers, SSND, Professor of Communication Arts
The Student Service Award

The Student Service Award recognizes an undergraduate student who has displayed outstanding individual commitment to serving others through involvement in community service, has demonstrated a strong record of service involvement as well as leadership in student organizations and activities at Notre Dame and has inspired and motivated their peers and others to become engaged in serving the community.

NDMU student recipients:

Year Student
2019 Nia Willis ‘19
2013 Marianna Milkowski '13
2012 Brianna January '12
2011 Stephanie Uza '11
2010 Michelle Santos '10
2009 Rebecca Jones '09
2008 Steffani McQuerry '08
2007 Bridget Smith '07