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Faculty/Staff Affinity Groups

University of Dayton Faculty/Staff Affinity Groups

As a Catholic and Marianist University, the University of Dayton encourages its members to collaborate in building community and to join in a quest for a more perfect human society. The University of Dayton recognizes the unique challenges faced by members of underrepresented and underserved groups in navigating the campus community. *UD is grateful to faculty and staff who assume leadership roles in Affinity Groups and their willingness to engage in initiatives and programs that strengthen the sense of belonging and connection to the University for faculty and staff. The faculty/staff affinity group guidelines provide a foundation for all University of Dayton Affinity Groups while providing some flexibility for groups to structure culturally appropriate to the group and its goals. 

Click here to see the current guidelines for faculty and staff affinity groups.


Current Affinity Groups at the University of Dayton

Black Employees Association

Conveners: 

  • Kathleen Henderson
  • Aaron Witherspoon

Black Faculty Association

The purpose of the Black Faculty Association (BFA) at the University of Dayton is to promote and enhance inclusion, identity, sense of community, scholarship, creative and artistic activities, professional welfare and development among Black faculty thus enriching the Catholic, Marianist tradition of the institution. It seeks to ensure that issues of social justice impacting the local and broader communities are addressed through the mission and actions of the university.

For group charter and bylaws, click here.

Conveners:

  • Donna M. Cox
  • Kenya Crosson

Home of Asian American Pacific Islanders

The name of this group is Home of Asian American Pacific Islanders at the University of Dayton, hereinafter referred to as HAAPI@UD. HAAPI@UD is the first organization of its kind at UD. 

The purpose of HAAPI@UD is to create a community of support, engagement, and camaraderie among faculty and staff who identify as Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI), as well as faculty and staff who support that community. Pragmatism, collaboration, communication, and people-centeredness are core values. Social events, networking, professional development and mentorship, both faculty/staff to faculty/staff and faculty/staff to students, are primary areas of focus for HAAPI@UD. HAAPI@UD also serves as a resource for the wider university community, raising awareness around issues of specific concern or interest to AAPI faculty and staff. 

For group charter and bylaws, click here

Contact Information: haapi@udayton.edu

Conveners: 

  • Aidan Curran
  • Ione Damasco
  • Sangita Gosalia
  • Maiella Hollander
  • Tim Kao

Jewish Faculty and Staff Affinity Group

The Jewish Faculty and Staff Affinity Group represent Jewish Faculty and Staff on the University of Dayton’s campus. The Affinity Group helps members connect to Jewish resources in the Dayton area, build fellowship with each other, and advocate for issues that impact Jewish faculty and staff on campus.

For group charter and bylaws, click here.

Conveners: 

  • Samuel Dorf
  • Masha Kisel

Pa'lante: Latinx Employee Association

Pa’lante is a contraction of the Spanish preposition para and the adverb adelantePara adelante, or its variation pa’lante, is a common way for people to encourage each other to keep moving forward.

Contact Information: palante@udayton.edu

Conveners:

  • Noemi De Anda 
  • Jorge Munoz Figueroa
  • Sam Ortiz
  • Cheyenne Palmer
  • Julio Quintero
  • Ernesto Rosen Velasquez

For group charter and bylaws, click here.


QDayton: The LGBTQ+ Affinity Group at UD

Because of the University of Dayton's mission to respect the inherent dignity of every human being, employees* identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, + (LGBTQ+) are a valued part of the campus community. Through our visible and vocal presence on campus, the LGBTQ+ Affinity Group aims to provide a supportive, affirming, and safe environment for LGBTQ+ employees at UD through collegial gatherings, campus dialogue, and community awareness. The Group is open to LGBTQ+ university employees interested in promoting equality for the LGBTQ+ community and supporting informed dialogue about LGBTQ+ issues on campus. This group honors and recognizes the intersections of diverse identities and varying levels of visibility; we invite LGBTQ+ employees to participate in whatever manner is most comfortable for them.

For group charter and bylaws, click here.

Contact Information: qdayton@udayton.edu 

Conveners:

  • R Darden Bradshaw
  • Lis Regula
  • Anthony Rodriguez
CONTACT

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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