The University of Dayton affirms that diversity, equity, and inclusion are inextricably linked with excellence. Indeed, diversity at all levels of the University — from the boardroom to the student body — enriches our learning environment and expands our institutional ability, intelligence, and creativity.  As one part of our pursuit of the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the University appointed its first vice president of diversity and inclusion in 2016, Dr. Larry Burnley.  In his first year, Vice President Burnley focused on developing an understanding of the context for his efforts, including engaging both on- and off-campus in extensive listening sessions to learn about our history, our ongoing efforts to achieve greater diversity, and those areas where we have extant strengths and others of particularly great need.

Vice President Burnley has now begun working with faculty, staff, and other administrators to address some of the areas of greatest need.  We understand, however, that change and sustainable progress towards greater diversity, equity, and inclusion require a comprehensive approach that relies on a detailed (qualitative and quantitative) assessment, careful analysis, and the development of a prioritized and resourced strategic plan.  The President’s Diversity & Inclusion Assessment Task Force, chaired by Vice President Burnley, will work with key internal offices and individuals and with external resources to perform this critical first planning step.


The Diversity & Inclusion Assessment Task Force will provide leadership for the development of a comprehensive institutional assessment of the effectiveness and impact of diversity and inclusion efforts at the University of Dayton. Chaired by the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, the Task Force’s primary functions/objectives are to:

  • Formulate and recommend definitions of the key terms that will inform institutional efforts to shape, inform, and drive strategies to achieve diversity-, equity-, and inclusion-related goals and objectives throughout the University.
  • Lead the campus in the development and implementation of a comprehensive (University-wide) outcomes and impact assessment of diversity and inclusion efforts.*
  • Lead the campus in the development, implementation, and analysis of a comprehensive campus experience (climate) survey.*
  • Make recommendations for a permanent campus-wide diversity and inclusion committee/council.

*This work will involve the assistance of an outside consultant.

Task Force Composition

  • Lawrence Burnley (Diversity and Inclusion), Chair
  • President’s Cabinet Representative – (1)
  • Associate Provost for Global and Intercultural Affairs – (1)
  • Exempt Staff Representative - (1)
  • Academic Dean – (1)
  • Equity Compliance Officer – (1)
  • Faculty Representatives (3)
  • Dean and Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs – (1)
  • Director of the Women’s Center – (1)
  • Graduate Student Representative (2)
  • Undergraduate Student Representative (3)
  • Marianist Representative

Task Force Resource Staff/Units/Organizations

  • VP for Mission and Rector
  • Executive Director for Inclusive Excellence Education and Professional Development
  • Executive Director of Procurement and Payable Services (Supplier Diversity)
  • Director of Institutional Reporting
  • Institutional Researcher for Academics
  • Director, Student Development Assessment and Planning
  • Enrollment Management
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Campus Ministry
  • Center for Social Concern
  • Fitz Center for Leadership in Community
  • Center for Human Rights
  • LGBTQ+ Support Services
  • Office of Learning Resources
  • Student Government Association
  • Kindred Presidents (OMA)
  • College of Arts and Sciences Equity Advisors
  • Kristen Altenau Keen, Assistant Dean of Students for Education, Support, and Student Empowerment
  • Learning and Teaching Center Fellows
  • Leadership UD