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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. Before attending this session, participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the referenced documents.   

Please click here to register and receive a link to join this session.

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.

Registration details coming soon.


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.


What is Implicit Bias?

Tuesday, November 17 / 9AM and 1PM / 90 minutes / Virtual format

What are the biases we carry when we have attitudes towards people or associate stereotypes without our conscious knowledge? Come learn more about implicit bias and the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner.  In this interactive workshop, we will discuss the concept of implicit bias, how our personal experiences have influenced the bias we carry and how to identify and move past our blind-spots.


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