Op-ed: One Day, One Dayton

UD students share how they have been impacted by One Day, One Dayton.

Drew Moyer ’22 | Communication Management

Thanks to the generosity of donors, we brought an ice rink to campus for students to utilize as a safe in-person activity. Through my work at the RecPlex, I’ve seen it make a positive difference for the mental health of students who may have felt trapped within their dorms or houses—giving them the opportunity to still feel community. You can help, too. No matter what you can afford to give, your contribution to One Day, One Dayton will make a difference. If every student donated just $10 to one organization they are involved in, we would raise around $82,000. Every. Donation. Matters. During this year’s One Day, One Dayton celebration, I’m going to support the SGA, Housing and Residence Life, and the Counseling Center. I hope you join me!

Katie Hay ’23 | Human Rights Studies and Business Administration

It is special that donors can donate directly to groups and areas on campus that they are passionate about. The organizations and opportunities that truly enrich our education and make UD special are supported by our donors. With Students for University Advancement, I’ve learned that the majority of our donors support the University through smaller gifts that make a difference together. These donors give back to the UD community, contributing to a fund of hope and growth that supports their fellow Flyers! I am really looking forward to One Day, One Dayton and will make my gifts to areas that support our mental health and well-being. I am grateful to be part of the Brook Center team. It is so important to me to support mental health resources for all students, and I am happy to know that my donation will help to advance that mission.

Han Le ’21 | Entrepreneurship and Marketing

Donor gifts have made it possible for me to attend the University of Dayton through the assistance of the Flyer Promise scholarship program. My Flyer Promise cohort was also my first group of friends at UD, and our relationship makes UD feel like home.When you contribute what you can to UD, it makes a huge difference. It doesn’t have to be a lot. Consider it from a broad perspective: When a large group of individuals each gives $10 or $20, it can add up to a scholarship that allows students like me to attend UD—and paves the way toward a brighter future. This year during One Day, One Dayton, I am planning to support the Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center and the Flyer Promise scholarship program because these two communities helped shape who I am today.

Rhyan Pearson ’21 | International Studies

As a member of SGA, I know that donor gifts make many campus activities possible. We see the impact in the continued occurrence of campus staples like Christmas on Campus, and also with contributions directly to student organizations.This support allows students to attend conferences and trainings, motivate their membership, and open doors which were previously closed. In the Office of Experiential Learning, donors have been instrumental in allowing students, faculty and staff to develop and participate in new and exciting virtual and (some) in-person experiential learning opportunities. It is our collective generosity, no matter the amount, that contributes to the Flyer spirit and makes our community shine, both on and off campus. I will be supporting our many multicultural student organizations on campus. As the past year has shown, UD students are motivated and have amazing plans for making widespread positive change.

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