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Tiffany Taylor Smith

Assistant Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion


Office of Diversity and Inclusion


Phone: (937) 229-4378

The University has hired Tiffany Taylor Smith, a cultural competency consultant with experience in higher education and human resources, to the newly created position of executive director for inclusive excellence education and professional development.

In this role, Taylor Smith leads the development, implementation and assessment of comprehensive, campus-wide professional development and training to promote and enhance intercultural competence, diversity, equity and inclusive excellence. She will report to Larry Burnley, vice president for diversity and inclusion, in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

“With the creation of this position and with this hire UD has made a significant and strategic investment that will enhance the University’s ability to deliver an “education for the common good,” Burnley said. “Tiffany brings a diverse and unique skill set and professional experience that will add extraordinary value to UD’s commitment to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community.”

During the last 15 years, Taylor Smith has worked with education, business and community organizations to increase intercultural competence for both adults and students. In 2001, she founded TR Taylor Consulting, LLC., (now Culture Learning Partners) to help build better cross-cultural relations, navigate cultural diversity and increase cultural equity.

She has worked as a consultant with Indiana Wesleyan University since 2013 to help develop and deploy an institution-wide diversity and inclusion strategy. She completed more than 25 on-site sessions at the main campus and its regional educational centers, and served as project manager during the past year for the development of web-based multicultural awareness training. In 2016, she consulted with the president and executive team at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, to design and facilitate a two-day team retreat focused on increasing intercultural competence.

In addition to her consulting experience, Taylor Smith worked as an adjunct professor of psychology at Kean University and Seton Hall University in New Jersey for 11 years. She taught courses on life span development, child and adolescent psychology.

Before founding the consulting firm, Taylor Smith held various roles in human resource development, diversity and sales management with Procter & Gamble Distributing Company, working at the corporation’s Boston; Cincinnati and Cranford, New Jersey, offices. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, and a master’s in education, specializing in counseling services, from Fordham University in New York.

A Dayton native, Taylor Smith graduated from Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering.