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Dr. Jason Combs, Coordinator

Dr. Combs has been an instructor at the University of Dayton since 2003. Before working in the Dialogue Zone, he served as the course director for CMM 100 Principles of Oral Communication. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for the Department of Communication in interpersonal communication, organizational communication, ethics, training and development, and propaganda analysis. He has facilitated many programs relating to dialogue for faculty, staff, and students at the University, with campus partners including the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center, the Assistant Provost for the Common Academic Program, and the Office of Human Resources. In 2019, he served as a Diversity and Social Justice Fellow for the University. Dr. Combs worked as a trainer and organizational consultant for over 15 years in the Greater Dayton area with clients in a variety of industries, including medical services, dentistry, energy delivery, banking, and aircraft manufacturing. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from Purdue University and both his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Dayton. He is engaged in a number of community service initiatives at the local, national, and international levels that involve creating spaces for dialogue in the community, including serving as a trainer and youth mentor for the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program and the Ruhi Institute. He enjoys gardening, writing, genealogy, video games, and nature.

Steering Committee
Merida Allen

Associate Dean of Students/Executive Director Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center

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Lawrence Burnley

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

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Ione T Damasco

Professor; Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence, Engagement, and Operations

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Sangita Gosalia

Director, Campus Engagement

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Julio Quintero

Associate Director for Inclusive Excellence Education and Initiatives

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Tiffany Taylor Smith

Assistant Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion

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Megan Woolf

Assistant Director of Multicultural and Multi-Ethnic Education

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Sandra Yocum

Associate Professor; University Professor of Faith and Culture

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Dialogue Zone

Roesch Library
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1360