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Presidential Statement on Diversity & Inclusion

Statement from President Eric F. Spina


The University of Dayton affirms that diversity, equity, and inclusion are inextricably linked with excellence. We aggressively pursue these core values, which align with our mission of building community in the world and working for justice for all people.

Diversity at all levels of the University — from the board of trustees to the student body — enriches our learning environment and expands our institutional ability, intelligence, and creativity. 

As a Catholic and Marianist institution, the University of Dayton embraces diversity as a gift of God’s creation and is committed to honoring the intrinsic value and dignity of all people, no matter their race, religion, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, (dis)ability, ideology, and other expressions of human difference.  We commit ourselves to eliminating discriminatory or hateful words and actions, pursuing equity, and becoming known as a fully inclusive and welcoming environment for learning, discovery, and community engagement.

We are deeply committed to advancing the common good in partnership with the local and global community. We invite you to learn more about the University of Dayton’s commitment to excellence as shaped by diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Eric F. Spina,

President September 06, 2022
A Voice at the Table

Universities are often criticized for being ivory towers disengaged from the world and inaccessible to students from middle- and low-income families. That’s not the narrative we’re writing at the University of Dayton.

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President August 20, 2022
Hold the Door for Each Other

"Always hold the door open for one another," University of Dayton President Eric F. Spina told the Class of 2026 at New Student Convocation. "It's a lesson in building community. It's a sign of showing respect for one another. It's a symbol of love and acceptance."

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President May 10, 2022
Of Life, Love and Puppets

John Zaller showed off a bright red cardinal he made out of recycled plastic cups as part of his group's final presentation in the Latino/Latina Religious Experience course.

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President March 29, 2022
'The Experience Changed My Life'
As the University of Dayton prepares to launch One Day, One Dayton, Shaq Tensley '15 borrows my blogging pen to describe why he's volunteering to help his alma mater attract an ambitious 4,000 gifts over 24 hours.
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President March 28, 2022
God's Song of Creation
University of Dayton students took part in "a crash course on paying attention to life's intricacies and little wonders" when they traded their spring break for an unforgettable experience working with the Marianists in Ecuador.
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Office of Diversity and Inclusion

St. Mary's Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1626