Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

About Us

Welcome to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at the University of Dayton. ODI staff provides leadership and support for the university’s strategic efforts to advance its work on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ultimately, our goal is to create and sustain a campus educational community and workplace environment that celebrates and enjoys the gift of diversity, achieves equitable outcomes for individuals and communities regardless of their identities, and to model inclusion throughout the institution. We invite all members of the campus community and our guests to join us in advancing UD’s Catholic and Marianist mission for the common good!

Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive Excellence is the recognition that a college or university’s ability to successfully advance its mission is dependent on how fully it values, engages and includes the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, trustees, alumni, institutional partners and guests. Operationalizing Inclusive Excellence leads to infusing diversity into the institution’s recruiting, admissions, hiring and promotion processes; into its curriculum and co-curriculum, and into its administrative structures and practices. Informed by and responsive to UD’s Catholic and Marianist mission, Inclusive Excellence requires a fundamental transformation of the institution calling for it to embrace and implement means for the comprehensive, cohesive, coherent and collaborative amalgamation of diversity and inclusion into the university’s understanding and pursuit of excellence.


Driven by our Catholic and Marianist traditions, the University of Dayton will be known for its resolute commitment to social justice, a high degree of cultural intelligence, intercultural competency, its awareness of different identities and their significance to higher education.

In Partnership with members of the UD community and stakeholders beyond our campus, ODI’s work will be informed by the following Guiding Principles:

  • We believe diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to the University of Dayton fulfilling its Catholic and Marianist mission and institutional excellence.
  • We will provide leadership in achieving a more robust integrated approach to diversity, equity and inclusion that:
    • builds on existing efforts across campus;
    • operates in a strategic, evidenced-based and data-driven manner; and
    • underscores the importance of comprehensive outcomes assessments and strong accountability measures.
  • We will focus on efforts that innovate and transform institutional culture that result in the sustained celebration of diversity, modeling of inclusion, and achievement of equitable outcomes across multiple identities.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Represented on this web site is a major work of public sculpture on the campus of the University of Dayton that stands as a memorial to the speech that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered on the campus on November 29, 1964.  Carrying the title Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread, the memorial celebrates the daily work of the Civil Rights Movement, references the religious tradition of Dr. King through the inclusion of a pulpit form and, through the three bronze chairs behind the pulpit, recalls the important role bestowed on communities that heard, supported, and were inspired to carry forward King’s message.  The inscriptions on the memorial are drawn from King’s speech of that evening.  Among these is King’s refrain “We have come a long, long way, but we have a long, long way to go,” an expression of social commitment and continued resolve that stands at the core of the mission of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  The memorial was designed by three colleagues in the University’s Department of Art and Design:  art historian Roger J. Crum, designer and typographer John V Clarke, and sculptor and Marianist Brother M. Gary Marcinowski.  The work was completed in 2015.   View the Memorial Dedication Video