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Inclusive Excellence Scholar Residency

Inclusive Excellence Scholar Residency

The Inclusive Excellence Scholar Residency (IESR) assists the University of Dayton community to achieve a more robust integrated approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion that

  • builds on existing efforts across campus
  • operates in a strategic, evidenced-based and data-driven manner
  • underscores the importance of comprehensive outcomes assessments and strong accountability measures.

The overarching topic of each IESR lays a thematic foundation that shapes and informs diversity, equity and inclusion professional development and education opportunities for faculty, staff, and administrators for the academic year. 


IESR 2020: The University of Dayton and the Broader Dayton Community

September 30, 2020. 1PM and 6PM. 

Part 1 - Presentation and Discussion - 1-2:30PM

UD & the City of Dayton: How Our Shared History Impacts the Current Pandemic 

To register for this event, click here. Broadcasting available via Zoom.

  • Kelly Bohrer, Director of Community Relations
  • Leslie Picca, Professor of Sociology, Roesch Chair in the Social Sciences
  • Tiffany Taylor Smith, Executive Director for Inclusive Excellence Education and Professional Development

Presenters will shed light on how the current COVID-19 pandemic is affecting vulnerable populations in Dayton, and share the historical lens of racial, ethnic and socio-economic complexities that magnify its impact in this area.

Part 2 - Panel and Discussion - 6:00-7:30PM

Pictures of the presenters.

Equitable Entrepreneurship & Ecosystem Healing: An Examination of Collective Responsibility, Resources, and Reconciliation

Register for this event via EventbriteBroadcasting available through Zoom and Facebook.

Would you like to submit your questions to the panelists about any of these topics before September 30th? If so, use this link.

  • Karlos L. Marshall (moderator), Manager, Greater West Dayton Incubator 
  • Cherrelle Gardner, Co-Founder of West Dayton Makerspace and Program Manager at Co-Op Dayton 
  • Clarece M. Richardson, Owner of Expectations Consulting & Rich Taste Catering
  • Kim Frazier, Director of Growth Initiatives at The Entrepreneurs Center & Owner of Speakeasy Ramen
  • Senay A. Semere, Regional Director of the Minority Business Assistance Center, Southwest Ohio

This panel will examine components of diversity, equity, and inclusion related to Dayton's startup community. Presenters will highlight the current state of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, while offering collective impact strategies to better serve underrepresented founders and business owners.


Previous IESR Speakers

IESR 2019

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
September 16 – 17, 2019

IBRAM X. KENDI is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University. A Professor of History and International Relations and a frequent public speaker, Kendi is an ideas columnist at The Atlantic. He is the author of THE BLACK CAMPUS MOVEMENT, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize, and STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF RACIST IDEAS IN AMERICA, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. At 34 years old, Kendi was the youngest ever winner of the NBA for Nonfiction. He grew up dreaming about playing in the NBA (National Basketball Association), and ironically he ended up joining the other NBA.

IESR 2018

Dr. Dena Samuels
September 17 – 18, 2018

Dena Samuels, PhD serves as a mindfulness-based diversity, equity, and inclusion author, speaker, leadership trainer, and consultant. An award-winning tenured professor, she taught at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs in the Women’s & Ethnic Studies program for 20 years while consulting around the U.S. and beyond. Her passion is to inspire people to raise their personal and social awareness to live more fulfilling, connected, and meaningful lives; and to assist organizations, campuses, and corporations in building more diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultures. Samuels’ latest book, The Mindfulness Effect: an unexpected path to healing, connection, & social justice (Night River Press, 2018) offers 25 mindfulness practices and activities for health/wellness, self-empowerment, culturally inclusive leadership, social and environmental justice. To accompany this book, she offers The Mindfulness Effect Journal & Practice Planner, which serves as a workbook for reflecting on the practices in the book, and for creating a personalized plan to incorporate mindfulness into readers’ lives. Her previous book, The Culturally Inclusive Educator: Preparing for a Multicultural World (Teachers College Press, 2014) provides transformative inquiry and specific strategies for building cultural inclusion both personally and institutionally. Over her extensive career, Dr. Samuels has been interviewed in print, radio, online, and on TV, including by the Colorado affiliate station of NPR; and by the Huffington Post. She is also a featured speaker in Thomas Keith’s upcoming documentary, How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? (2019). Samuels volunteers as co-facilitator of the monthly Second Tuesday Race Forum of Denver, and also as co-chair of The Privilege Institute, the institutional home of the annual White Privilege Conference. In Denver, Samuels serves as a culturally inclusive, trauma-sensitive yoga and mindfulness instructor.

IESR 2017

Dr. Damon A. Williams
September 18 – 19, 2017

Dr. Damon A. Williams is a visionary and inspirational leader, and also one of the nation’s recognized experts in strategic diversity leadership, youth development, corporate responsibility, educational achievement, social impact, and organizational change.

He is a global thought leader having worked with more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Fortune 100 companies, foundations, and government agencies, as keynote speaker, strategist, educator, and social impact leader.



Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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