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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources


Action Steps Toward Becoming an Anti-Racist University

UD is not immune to the kinds of racist systems and behaviors that perpetuate institutional racism. As a University community, we can — and must — do better. Here are 11 steps we're taking toward becoming an anti-racist university.

Greater West Dayton Incubator

The Greater West Dayton Incubator (GWDI) was conceived at the intersections of the University of Dayton’s (UD) most recent strategic visioning process and intentional conversations with Greater West Dayton community leaders. GWDI is a community resource to help new and existing entrepreneurs connect to space, capital, and knowledge to grow their businesses. They are a catalyst for generational wealth creation and inclusive economies in Greater West Dayton while enhancing experiential learning opportunities that prepare University of Dayton students for a diverse and competitive 21st Century workforce and society.

Religious Accommodations

The University of Dayton strives for an inclusive climate and welcomes students from all backgrounds, faiths and experiences. If religious observance impedes your ability to participate fully in classroom activities or a principal holiday from your religious tradition occurs during the semester and conflicts with class meetings or activities, please make the professor aware of this immediately to determine if a reasonable accommodation is possible. Find out more about how to request a religious accommodation


The University Libraries diversity and inclusion team has developed a wide variety of LibGuides, providing a starting point to learn about various topics intended to support the UD community. 

Recommended Viewing

Opal Tometi Ibram X. Kendi Carol Anderson

Opal Tometi is a social activist and co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter. She is a globally recognized human rights advocate, strategist and writer of Nigerian-American descent. Watch her keynote address from the 2019 Social Practice of Human Rights Conference, hosted by the University of Dayton.

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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University. He was UD's Inclusive Excellence Scholar in 2019 and gave a keynote address on campus. In this video clip, Kendi describes the difference between being an antiracist as opposed to being not racist.

Learn more about the Inclusive Excellence Scholar Residency

Carol Anderson is a human and civil rights advocate, as well as an expert on African-American history and 20th century politics. Watch her keynote address, titled White Rage, from the 2017 Social Practice of Human Rights Conference, hosted by the University of Dayton.

Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D. Jelani Cobb Michelle Alexander, J.D.

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist widely known for both her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education. Watch her 2019 University of Dayton Speaker Series keynote address titled "Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?"

Jelani Cobb is professor of journalism at Columbia University and a staff writer for The New Yorker. He was the 2017 Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative speaker at the University of Dayton. His keynote address was titled "The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today." This link requires a UD login to view.

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Michelle Alexander, J.D. is a civil rights lawyer, advocate, legal scholar and bestselling author. Watch her 2013 University of Dayton Speaker Series keynote address titled "The New Jim Crow."


Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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