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Diversity and Social Justice Resources

A Message from Larry Burnley

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

The response of people across the nation to the recent violent acts toward members of the African American community has created an elevated awareness of the tragic reality and impact of racial injustice toward this community. These resources offer tools that respond to these concerns. We are aware that the impact of racial injustice is not limited to the African American community. In alignment with UD's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, additional resource kits focusing on other underrepresented and underserved populations at UD will soon be added to this page.

University Statement on Solidarity

The University of Dayton stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of color in our collective pain and sadness and prays for the end of violence and bigotry that is playing out all too often in our country. We understand that we all share the responsibility to find a new path forward that upholds and protects the worth and dignity of every person, knowing that all life is sacred. Black lives matter.

Action Steps Toward Becoming an Anti-Racist University

UD is not immune to the kinds of racist systems and behaviors that perpetuate institutional racism. As a University community, we can — and must — do better. Here are 11 steps we're taking toward becoming an anti-racist university.

Ten Things Faculty Can Do to Advance Inclusive Excellence and Anti-Racism in the Classroom

Anti-racism can be integrated in practical ways to our own pedagogical philosophy and approaches. In this resource, you will find ten strategies that you will be able to implement in your classroom. 

Antiracism LibGuide

The University Libraries diversity and inclusion team developed an antiracism resource guide It provides a starting point to learn about antiracism, inclusion and privilege, as well offers information and resources intended to support the UD community.

Recommended Reading
Eric F. Spina, University of Dayton president, recommends Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi.
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Larry Burnley, vice president for diversity and inclusion, recommends How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Members of the UD community may request this book via the University Libraries.
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Leslie Picca, professor of sociology and Roesch Chair in the Social Sciences, recommends Racist America: Roots, Current Realities, and Future Reparations by Joe Feagin and Kimberley Ducey. Members of the UD community may request this book via the University Libraries.
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Shelley Inglis, human rights and law professor and executive director of the Human Rights Center, recommends We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Members of the UD community may request this book via the University Libraries.
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Crystal Sullivan, executive director of Campus Ministry, recommends Racial Justice and the Catholic Church by Bryan N. Massingale.
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Jada Brown, a junior double majoring in biology and psychology, recommends Women, Race and Class by Angela Y. Davis.
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Aaliyah Payne, a junior majoring in teacher education, recommends The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. Members of the UD community may request this book via the University Libraries.
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Additional Book Recommendations

Recommended Viewing

  • Opal Tometi
  • Ibram X. Kendi
  • Carol Anderson
  • Opal Tometi is a social activist and co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter. She is a globally recognized human rights advocate, strategist and writer of Nigerian-American descent. Watch her keynote address from the 2019 Social Practice of Human Rights Conference, hosted by the University of Dayton.

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    Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University. He was UD's Inclusive Excellence Scholar in 2019 and gave a keynote address on campus. In this video clip, Kendi describes the difference between being an antiracist as opposed to being not racist.

    Learn more about the Inclusive Excellence Scholar Residency

    Carol Anderson is a human and civil rights advocate, as well as an expert on African-American history and 20th century politics. Watch her keynote address, titled White Rage, from the 2017 Social Practice of Human Rights Conference, hosted by the University of Dayton.

  • Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.
  • Jelani Cobb
  • Michelle Alexander, J.D.
  • Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist widely known for both her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education. Watch her 2019 University of Dayton Speaker Series keynote address titled "Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?"

    Jelani Cobb is professor of journalism at Columbia University and a staff writer for The New Yorker. He was the 2017 Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative speaker at the University of Dayton. His keynote address was titled "The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today." This link requires a UD login to view.

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    Michelle Alexander, J.D. is a civil rights lawyer, advocate, legal scholar and bestselling author. Watch her 2013 University of Dayton Speaker Series keynote address titled "The New Jim Crow."

    Additional Resources

    The University has made a commitment to supplier diversity, which includes pledging to utilize minority-owned businesses. As part of this effort, UD does business with many Black-owned businesses.

    If you are looking for ways to support local businesses, Launch Dayton has curated a list of Black-owned businesses within our community.

    Adding diverse social media accounts to your feed can help educate you on social justice issues and gain a more diversified perspective. Some places to start include:

    UD's Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center

    UD's Human Rights Center

    Black Lives Matter


    Showing Up for Racial Justice

    Color of Change


    Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1626