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The Conference of Mercy Student Leaders is a new student leadership development opportunity sponsored by the Mercy Education System of the Americas.

When: Sunday afternoon, June 28 – Wednesday morning, July 1, 2020

University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Michigan. University of Detroit Mercy is a sponsored institution of the Sisters of Mercy.

Accommodations: Accommodations for students and chaperones will be provided at University of Detroit Mercy. Students and chaperones will stay in dormitory suites with two double rooms sharing a single bathroom – maximum four per suite for students, maximum two per suite for chaperones. A linen package is included with sheets, blanket, one pillow, towel and washcloth.

Parking: Participants should use Parking Lot D – see campus map here.

Coeducational. Critical Concerns. Leadership + Service.

Conference Program

Registration Opens April 1

Registration link will be live here on April 1, 2020.

Who Can Participate?

The conference will invite representative student leaders from various school ministries (i.e. student council/student government, ministry team, community service corps leaders) and others whom the school feels will most benefit from our program.

We recommend sending rising juniors and/or seniors.

Number of representatives per school: 4-6 maximum

Program Goals

  1. Participants will grow in their understanding of the mission of Mercy and Catherine McAuley.
  2. Participants will engage in Mercy Critical Concerns through a direct service opportunity and education about two Mercy ministries that relate to immigration.
  3. Participants will enhance individual leadership skills and goals through various exercises and team-building activities.


$325.00 per student includes all on-site costs including room and board and activities.

This fee does not include travel.

No fee required for chaperones (1 to 2 maximum are required for each school group).


Sunday, June 28

3:00-5:00 pm Registration and check-in to residence hall. Participants encouraged to be present by 4:00 pm.
5:00 pm Welcome and introductions
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Presentation of the film In God Alone – The Story of Catherine McAuley followed by
a reflection on the mission and charism of Catherine McAuley by Sister Mary Kay Dobrovolny, RSM
8:00 pm Ice breakers and school presentations on Critical Concerns
9:30 pm Ice cream social
11:00 pm Lights out!

Monday, June 29

8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Prayer & school presentations (continued)
10:00 am Personality inventory exercises and leadership development activities with Eleasha Tarplin
12:00 pm Lunch
12: 45pm School presentations (continued)
1:30-2:30 pm “Take Action! How YOU Can Raise Your Voice to Bring about Societal Change,” presentation by Jean Stokan
2:30 -5:00 pm Service experience
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Service Learning Reflection by Sister Karen Dunville, RSM
8:00 pm Leadership/Team-building activity: “Tower-Building” with Kimberly Baxter, MESA Associate Director
11:00 pm Lights out!

Tuesday, July 2

8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Prayer & school presentations (continued)
10:00 am Presentations on Mercy Ministries involved in immigration with Sister Karen Donahue, RSM
11:15 am “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” refugee simulation
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Presentation from Mercy Volunteer Corps by Andrea Haller
1:45 pm Teamwork to plan project on immigration
3:30 pm Group sharing about projects
5:30 pm Depart for evening activities in Detroit
10:00 pm Social time
11:00 pm Lights out!

Wednesday, July 1

8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Tour of Mercy High School – Farmington Hills
10:00 am Mass, Commissioning Ceremony and group picture
11:00 am Departure

Packing Checklist


  • License or school identification card
  • Insect repellant and sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Medical card (in case of emergency)
  • Personal prescription(s), if applicable
  • Extra pillow if desired.


  • Comfortable, lightweight clothing – shorts, t-shirts, etc. Please be mindful of packing appropriate attire, i.e. no revealing shorts or tops, no clothing with inappropriate language or images.
  • One pair of jeans or pants
  • Sweatshirt and/or jacket
  • Sneakers
  • Flip-flops

Other Items

  • Journal or notebook
  • School presentation (See page 1)
  • A positive attitude!

We recommend leaving valuables, including school rings, at home so they are not misplaced.

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