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United in Distinction

At the University of Dayton, we believe diversity, equity and inclusion are inextricably linked to excellence.

As a Catholic, Marianist institution, we embrace diversity as a gift of God's creation, and we are committed to honoring the intrinsic value and dignity of all people.

We are builders of community — dedicated to advancing the common good together.

Why Diversity Matters

UD has a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Diversity and Inclusion


Diversity at all levels — from the boardroom to the student body — enriches UD's learning environment and expands our institutional ability, intelligence and creativity. Numerous programs are in place to help us further diversity and inclusion on campus.



Diversity and inclusion have been a vital part of the University of Dayton’s identity since our founding in 1850. To support our progress toward greater diversity, equity and inclusion, various internal and external resources are available.


To be fully human, we must embrace multiple perspectives and look at the world through the eyes of people who are different from us to grow in our own knowledge, empathy — and humanity.

Eric F. Spina