Skip to main content

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Inclusive Excellence

The University of Dayton’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence is rooted in the Catholic and Marianist conviction that every person has innate dignity because all people are made in the image and likeness of God. Social or cultural discrimination is incompatible with God’s design. Efforts to create access and lead everyone to excellence through equity and inclusion emanate from the University of Dayton’s call to solidarity and the common good.

Tiffany Taylor Smith named VP for diversity and inclusion

The University of Dayton has named Tiffany Taylor Smith vice president for diversity and inclusion. Smith is a noted leader in intercultural competence and served as executive director for inclusive excellence education at UD since 2017 before being appointed assistant vice president earlier this year.

Read More

What it Takes to Bridge the Access and Success Gap for Lower-Income Students

Higher education, national organizations and legislators across the country are advocating to double the Pell grant, writes University of Dayton President Eric Spina in Diverse Issues in Higher Education. It's a transformative opportunity to improve enrollment of lower-income students at a time when they continue to experience the most adverse impacts of the pandemic.

Read More

In the Good Name of Jessie Hathcock

“What does it mean for us to go back into history and pluck Jessie Hathcock's good name from our student rolls and put it here on this beautiful new building?”

Read More
Diverse discussions in the field

Boosting Higher Ed Attainment Rates Among Native Americans

Native students' ability to connect with their culture plays a strong role in their persistence and academic performance in college.

Mapping Software Reveals Prevalence of Anti-AAPI Hate

Dr. Melissa Borja, an assistant professor in the department of American culture at the University of Michigan, scoured media sites looking for news coverage of incidents of anti-Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate. Her findings led to The Virulent Hate Project, an interdisciplinary research initiative that studies anti-Asian racism and Asian American activism during the COVID-19 pandemic.