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Diversity and Access Initiatives

Diversity, equity and inclusion through University Advancement

As diversity, equity and inclusion remain a priority to the University of Dayton, the advancement division is committed to keeping inclusive excellence at the forefront of our mission, our vision, our values and our goals. We strive to advance the University through philanthropy while focusing on meaningful relationships with alumni, family and friends.

The impact of gifts

Your gifts do so much more than provide funding for a single fiscal year — they can improve our future forever. The University has more than 30 scholarships to support underrepresented students. Read through some of our students’ stories to learn how gifts make a lasting impact.


Jamel Gross-Cassel ’20 has been estranged from all of his relatives, including his nine older siblings and parents, for six years. College wasn’t even in the picture for Jamel growing up, but his high school guidance counselor talked him into at least applying to schools that didn’t require an application fee.

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Sustainability 04.03.20

Yamilet Perez Aragon is a Mexican-American first generation student from Austin, Texas, who chose the University of Dayton because it aligned with the values she developed growing up and spending time at her parents’ Mexican villages. The freshman enrolled to study graphic design, but near the end of last semester she found another passion.

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Giving 03.31.20

The pandemic changed the ways in which we engage with — and rely on — our friends, family and community.

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Engineering 12.13.19

"It could be worse," University of Dayton senior Josh Biris said during the first week of December, near the anniversaries of his parents' deaths. "I could have given up after their passing, but that's not what my parents wanted for me. They wanted me to finish college. They wanted me to succeed and become something. I did it for them."

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We encourage you to reach out for more information, including additional scholarship opportunities. Please contact Senior Associate Director of Development, Diversity and Access Initiatives Carlos Stewart for any questions or requests for more information. Carlos can be reached at 937-229-2983 or

Get involved

We strive to create opportunities for alumni to learn, connect with one another and support students. Click on a resource listed below to learn more.

Alumni organizations help support the work of University Advancement. The Black Alumni Affinity Group volunteers engage, advocate for and support University of Dayton Black alumni and students in pursuit of lifelong engagement through volunteering, alumni experiences and expertise, and financial support of the overall University’s mission.

Alumni from the University of Dayton School of Law have also joined together to create a Black Law Alumni Leadership Group to support and provide professional development resources for the Black Law Student Association.

To learn more about ways to get involved or join alumni organizations, contact Assistant Director of Reunion and Affinity Programs Amanda Rupp at 937-229-2844 or

Our campus partners

We support this work in close collaboration with campus partners, including:

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