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Campus Ministry

O’Dowd’s emphasis on spiritual development nurtures and sustains a diverse community of faith and learning for all students and families and is intertwined with advancing social and environmental justice. The Campus Ministry and the Religious Studies departments align in their goals to ensure that students benefit from a well-integrated spiritual education. The Campus Ministry Team, a core group of senior leaders, provides leadership in all liturgies and school-wide charity drives and guides Campus Ministry. Class Ministry is open to all students in each grade so that they can explore their own spirituality, discuss issues relevant to faith and participate in ministering to their peers.

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Student Government

The Associated Student Body is represented by an elected Executive Council. Each class has its own elected group.  Working with the Director of Student Activities, these student leaders plan, organize and run all student activities. Leadership skills are cultivated by attending leadership seminars off campus and through the practice of their roles on campus and in the community.

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Dragon Ambassadors

Ambassadors are leaders and role models on campus, who introduce prospective students and parents to life at O’Dowd. As an O’Dowd representative they share with our prospective students and families their positive, inclusive, and dynamic learning experiences at O’Dowd. Being a Dragon Ambassador is a tremendous privilege and responsibility.

For information on becoming a Dragon Ambassador, email Moire Bruin »

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Senior Philanthropy Team

Seniors at O’Dowd can apply to become Senior Philanthropy Officers, leading fundraising for the senior class gift campaign and establishing a life-long legacy for their class. These officers work closely with the Advancement department at O’Dowd.

Learn more about the Senior Gift and Senior Philanthropy team »

Sustainability Corps (S-Corps)

The Sustainability Corps (S-Corps) is the student action team of O’Dowd’s Sustainability Department, combining the forces of Students for Sustainability (S4S) and the Living Lab Club. S4S is dedicated to bringing forward a sustainable existence through projects in: resource conservation, consumption and waste, health & well being, and thriving communities. The Living Lab Club is dedicated to growing sustainable food; caring for animals; and restoring, expanding, and caring for the Lab’s native ecosystems.

As one of the preeminent sustainability departments at the high school level, O’Dowd provides a sustainability program that is inextricably woven throughout the campus environment and teaching curriculum. Our Center for Environmental Studies and Living Lab are just two examples of our commitment to sustainability. Read more about our entire Sustainability Department here »

For more information on S-Corps, contact the Sustainability department »

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Service learning is a hands-on approach to education that enriches everyone involved. At O’Dowd, service learning integrates student volunteer service to the community with reflection and classroom connections in order to deepen understanding. Every O’Dowd student will complete a minimum of 100 hours of service throughout a four-year program. Each project helps students learn from the people they serve by fostering relationships with them.

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Career Partnerships

The  Career Partnerships Program (CPP) gives students the information, skills, inspiration and motivation that they need to shape their own futures. In meetings, trainings and the once-each-semester mini-retreat, students learn communication and networking skills and discuss issues that relate to both their present and their future. On college trips students tour nearby universities, meet with O’Dowd alumni and evaluate what they want in a college. Workplace trips and special events introduce students to a variety of professionals and careers. Deeper exploration of careers is also available through shadowing and internship possibilities.

For more information, contact Meghan Wallingford.