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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.


Summer/Fall 2020

How to Develop a Department/Unit Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Tuesday, August 11 / 1-2:30PM / Virtual format 

Facilitators: Lawrence Burnley, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, and Tiffany Taylor Smith, Executive Director for Inclusive Excellence Education and Professional Development. 

As our University prepares to implement the Flyers Plan for Community Excellence, departments and units across campus will be tasked with developing strategic plans designed to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive campus. Why is this phase crucial for our institution? What are the concrete steps of this process? What strategies can be part of our plans? Using the Flyers Plan for Community Excellence Toolkit as the primary instructional instrument, this interactive workshop will assist participants in developing unit/department-level plans to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

You can watch a recording of this workshop by clicking here.


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.

On the Meaning of Being an Anti-Racist University: Working Actively to End Systemic Racism for the Common Good
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 / 9AM and 1PM / 90 minutes / Virtual format

Aligned with the goals of The Flyers Plan for Community Excellence (the University of Dayton’s strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion), the “Open Letter on Becoming an Anti-Racist University” enacts action-oriented change to improve diversity, equity, and inclusivity in our institution. As our community embraces this commitment, this session will consider the meaning and implications of anti-racism and being anti-racist. What does it mean to be an anti-racist Institution? How does anti-racism relate to the Marianist mission of our institution? What frameworks and action paths inform anti-racism and how do they combat systemic racism? How can I work towards becoming anti-racist in my personal and professional life? This interactive session will review key ideas from Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s books and presentations during his two-day visit to UD in 2019, and will provide scenarios and resources to clarify the meaning of anti-racism as well as facilitate its praxis and application.


How to Talk about Race When We Are Called upon To 
Thursday, September 17 / 9AM & 1PM / 90 minutes / Virtual format 

During this time when our nation grapples with events that have placed race and systemic racism at the forefront of our attention and conversations, we may find ourselves in situations where we need to confront this issue directly. Due to a long history of inequities and political and social exclusion, race -among other topics- continues to be a sensitive issue that requires a certain set of skills for a real dialogue to take place. In this session, facilitators will briefly introduce the complexities that surround the concept of race and systemic racism along with two frameworks: the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS) and Intercultural Conflict Style (ICS). Through understanding of these frameworks, participants will gain insight on how to approach a difficult conversation on race and what intercultural communication styles to consider.  The remainder of the session will be devoted to exploring scenarios and situations where participants can apply the frameworks.


Understanding Systemic Racism in a Broader Context
eight sessions / Thursdays 12PM / 75 minutes / Virtual / Facilitated by Leslie Picca and Tiffany Taylor Smith 

This eight-part series provides a deeper understanding of systemic racism. Facilitators examine the foundations of racial hierarchies, including how and why they were created, and the consequences of this hierarchy that is “hiding in plain sight.” The eight sessions build upon each other, however participants may attend any session they feel more interested in. The format for each session will be a brief lecture, followed by small group discussion, and open dialogue. [In consultation with Dr. Leslie Picca, participants may enroll in all 8 sessions for graduate credit, SOC 528 Racial & Ethnic Relations; please contact Dr. Picca for more information.]

Date Topic
9/24 What is Race & Why Is It so Hard to Talk about It?
10/1 Racist Foundations: Slavery, Genocide & White Wealth
10/8 White Affirmative Action: Redlining, Housing & Education
10/15 Colorblindness, White Privilege & Health
10/22 Criminal Justice System & the Law
10/29 Intersectionality
11/5 Race & Religion
11/12 Where Do We Go from Here?


Connecting the Marianist Traditions and Equity on Campus
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 / 9AM and 1PM / 90 minutes / Virtual format 

The Catholic and Marianist Mission of UD is rooted on principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, all of which are integral to our work today. In this interactive workshop, explore the stories and traditions that influence our commitment to equity, and reflect on the many ways you can engage in this work and become part of the story that keeps these values alive for years to come.


Leading for Inclusive Excellence in our Catholic, Marianist University
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 / 9AM and 1PM / 90 minutes / Virtual format 

The three Marianist founders, Fr. Chaminade, Sr. Adele de Batz, and Thérèse de Lamourous, were all products of the French Revolution.  Leading for inclusive excellence at the University of Dayton has its roots in the leadership style and collaborative efforts of the first Marianist founders.  Their commitment to a process that includes: consultation and collaboration, a discipleship of equals, adaptation and change, and a commitment to form a community in permanent mission is at the heart of the Marianist story.

The Marianist ideal has been inculcated beyond its European roots to create an interconnected international Marianist Family.


Bias and the Other-Race Effect: Challenging the Constraints of Our Own Categories
Tuesday, November 17 / 9AM and 1PM / 90 minutes / Virtual format  

Humans are able to navigate the world thanks to their ability to categorize. This tendency has proven effective for the survival of our species, but in some occasions, when there is a need to see reality in a more nuanced way, it can lead to misunderstandings and even harm. Through real situations, this session investigates the reasons why we are prone to experience bias and shows the ways in which it can manifest in our lives. Participants will also learn about strategies to mitigate it.


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
Tuesday, December 1 / 9AM and 1PM / 90 minutes / Virtual format 

Join us for an interactive session featuring representatives from the offices of Diversity and Inclusion, Equity Compliance and Human Resources. Facilitators will share case studies, scenarios and suggestions that would allow participants to explore practical situations that occur in our campus from the particular perspectives of each office. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the lenses that guide our shared commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.


Upcoming in Spring 2021

Tradition, Sensitivity and the Student Neighborhood

Revamping Opportunity in America: The Case for Supplier Diversity


Previous Offerings

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

A Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Mindset at UD

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

IES - Inclusive Effectiveness Scale

Leading for Inclusive Excellence in our Catholic, Marianist University

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

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