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Tiffany Taylor Smith

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

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Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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Phone: (937) 229-4378

Tiffany Taylor Smith was appointed University of Dayton's vice president for diversity and inclusion on January 4, 2022. Taylor Smith is a noted leader in intercultural competence and joined the University of Dayton as an executive director for inclusive excellence education in 2017, before being appointed assistant vice president in 2021.

"Tiffany is accomplished and respected both on campus and off. She brings to this position valuable experience creating and leading comprehensive professional development and training for UD and a broad background working with institutions of higher education, corporations, nonprofits and other organizations across the country,” said University President Eric F. Spina. “She is an excellent colleague, a proven selfless collaborator, and well positioned to advance our shared work to become a more diverse and inclusive community dedicated to the common good.”

Taylor Smith, a Dayton native, has decades of experience leading people to build better cross-cultural relations, navigate cultural diversity, and increase cultural equity. At UD, Taylor Smith has worked to create a culture of collaboration, inclusion and equity through efforts including faculty and staff programming, one-on-one meetings with other campus leaders and relationship building across campus. 

Taylor Smith’s professional experience also includes serving as president and founder of the consulting and coaching company, Culture Learning Partners; as senior manager for diversity and organizational capability for Procter & Gamble; as a research associate on multicultural issues in counseling at Fordham University; and presenting nationally on topics related to cultural conversations. Taylor Smith expects to graduate from UD with a doctorate in educational leadership in December 2022.

A graduate of Archbishop Alter High School whose family continues to reside in Dayton, Taylor Smith said coming back to Dayton after her career called her away for more than 30 years has been more exciting than she ever imagined possible.

“Even while I was away, Dayton was always and still is my hometown,” she said. “I am excited to contribute my skills, talents and passions in continuing to build an inclusive campus community steeped in our Catholic and Marianist values. I will continue to anchor the University's efforts in our collaborations and partnerships with the city of Dayton and surrounding communities.”