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Inclusive Excellence Academy

Cultivating intercultural capacity for the Common Good

The Inclusive Excellence Academy Learning Series offers faculty and staff learning opportunities focused on increasing intercultural knowledge, personal awareness, and skills to engage with others. These 60-90 minute sessions provide engaging content and experiences for participants to personally connect with the topic and key learning outcomes. Workshop topics range from understanding cross-cultural interactions to creating inclusive classroom environments to understanding diversity, equity, and inclusion through a Catholic and Marianist lens.


Spring 2021: Action and Advocacy

Gender Identity and Inclusion 2.0
Thursday, February 4 / 9AM & 1PM / Virtual

In the spring of 2020, the Inclusive Excellence Academy offered a session geared towards building a common language and terminology about gender identity that also reflected on new policies and best practices to foster inclusion. As a sequel to that session, this workshop invites attendees to a participatory conversation in which to ask questions and share perceptions, barriers and hopes related to gender identity. Central to this discourse is an examination of the ways gender identity intersects within the work participants do at the University. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute ideas for further education, work and engagement around gender identity as we build a more inclusive campus. 

To register for any of our sessions, please go to the UD HR CE Portal. Contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion if you have any questions.

Why Men? Taking Up The Cause of Gender Equity
Thursday, march 4 / 9AM & 1PM / 90 minutes / Virtual

This workshop examines the role that men play in advancing gender equity and how men can play an active role in creating more equitable work environments at UD. Facilitated by members of the UD Men for Gender Equity Advocates, we will explore some of the most pressing issues pertaining to gender inequality on campus, how men can recognize their own biases and gender privilege, and the ways men can actively take up the cause of gender equity in their own work environments. While focused on male-identified employees, this workshop is open to all. Register via the HR CE Portal.

What I Wish UD Knew about Mental Health
Wednesday, march 10 / 9AM & 1PM / 90 minutes / Virtual

This workshop will provide insight into the mental health experiences of students on the UD campus as well as review supports and resources that are available to students and campus partners. Register via the HR CE Portal.

Building a Common Vocabulary for the Common Good: Exploring the Definitions in the University’s Diversity Strategic Plan
Thursday, March 25 / 9AM & 1PM / 90 minutes / Virtual

The University’s new diversity strategic plan has started to roll out, and departments and units are currently working on developing their own specific diversity strategic plans that will align with the Flyers Plan for Community Excellence. In order to create a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus, we need a common understanding of key terms outlined in the university plan that can and should inform our specific departmental or unit plans. This interactive workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore how they personally define these terms and how the university formally defines them. Once participants have gained a deeper understanding of these terms, they will be able to engage more deeply with the diversity planning and implementation process at the university level and within their own specific work areas. Register via the HR CE Portal.

Revamping Opportunity in America: The Case for Supplier Diversity
Tuesday, March 30 / 9AM & 1PM / 90 minutes / Virtual

Supplier diversity functions as a lens that allows organizations to assess who their providers of goods and services are. Through the creation of a strategy and procurement plan, supplier diversity emphasizes the formation of a chain that purposefully includes businesses owned by underserved or underrepresented groups. Rather than being an altruistic enterprise, supplier diversity yields lower prices, higher quality and the betterment of local communities and the society at large. Focusing on supplier diversity as a strategy to achieve excellence, this session reviews the main stages of its history in the United States and at the University of Dayton, and will provide information on how procurement works at the University. Attendees will also learn about strategies at the personal, unit and University level to put supplier diversity into action. Register via the HR CE Portal.

Getting Started with Anti-Racism in the Classroom
Thursday, april 15 / 9AM / 90 minutes / Virtual

Being anti-racist is an active process. We'll introduce participants to a list of introductory anti-racism practices. Then we’ll ask the participants to reflect on their own classroom activities and share their teaching experiences. We’ll review a few cases of antiracism in teaching and share some resources related with antiracism teaching in higher ed. The goal is for participants to identify a few key anti-racism strategies to try in their courses. Register via the HR CE Portal.

Tradition, Sensitivity and the Student Neighborhood
Tuesday, april 20 / 9AM & 1PM / 90 minutes / Virtual

The UD student neighborhood originated in the 1960s when students began to rent houses in the area. Informally, the area became known as “the ghetto,” even if in reality the term did not reflect the historical, ethnic, social and religious complexities that comprise the meaning of this word. Much has changed since those early days, including a growing awareness among faculty, staff, students and alumni that this term erects barriers to inclusion and tensions within the UD community. In this session, a panel of experts will share insights about the different aspects that comprise the term "ghetto" as well as the history and evolution of the student neighborhood. Through presentation and dialogue, join us for an opportunity to learn more about the student neighborhood and reflect on the limits that sensitivity poses to tradition. Register via the HR CE Portal.


Previous Offerings

"I Didn't Mean It That Way" Navigating Tough Cross-Cultural Conversations

A Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Mindset at UD

Bias and the Other-Race Effect: Challenging the Constraints of Our Own Categories

Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World

Community as Intellectual Space: Developing Community-University Partnerships

Complicating the Checked Boxes: Unpacking Racial Identities           

Connecting the Marianist Traditions and Equity on Campus 

Disability on College Campuses

Diversity, Inclusive Teaching and Universal Design

Exploring and Discussing Whiteness at a Predominately White Institution

From the Classroom to the Community: How Do I Advance the Common Good in Inclusive and Innovative Ways?

Gender Bias and Microaggressions

Gender Identity and Inclusion

Hiring with Equity

How to Develop a Department/Unit Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

How to Talk about Race When We Are Called upon To

IES - Inclusive Effectiveness Scale

Leading for Inclusive Excellence in our Catholic, Marianist University

Living Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a Community: Updates and Scenarios from the Offices of Diversity and Inclusion, Equity Compliance and Human Resources

Making Excellence Inclusive in the University and the Classroom: Incorporating Models of Inclusion on Campus

Men of Color & Their Unique Needs: Strategies for Support, Engagement & Completion

On the Meaning of Being an Anti-Racist University: Working Actively to End Systemic Racism for the Common Good

Overcoming Difficult Conversations: Exploring Your Intercultural Conflict Style 

The Personal Side of Systemic Racism 

The Purpose of Meeting(s): Strategies to Hear All Voices at the Table

UD and The City of Dayton: The Stories We Know, Tell and Don't Tell

What Is Implicit Bias?

What UD Students Are Learning About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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