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University of Dayton

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469
(937) 229-1000
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School Information
"As a Catholic research university, our spirit ignites a boundless curiosity that drives us to search for truth. It pushes us to go beyond the easy answers and to use our knowledge to make an impact. Here, we adapt to meet the needs of the changing world. We turn big dreams into bold moves. And we build community — inviting people with diverse talents, interests and backgrounds to enrich and advance our common mission. Together, we're passionately striving to create a brighter tomorrow." The university enrolls over 11,600 students, has a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, and offers over 130 academic programs across its five schools. (Source: (Source:
General Information
The University of Dayton has not yet implemented a university-wide program to support anti-racist initiatives. However, in a symbolic action, the university released a letter to W.E.B. DuBois which demonstrates systemic racism at the university. Following the conclusion of its "Roots of Racism" web series, UD's president promised to make changes to the curriculum and implement training for faculty and staff members. UD also has compiled a list of anti-racism resources for the entire campus community, including students and faculty. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • UD's president promised to "educate faculty and staff".
  • In September of 2021, the school founded the Hall Hunger Initiative, which involved a racism simulation in which students participated.
  • In September 2019, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi visited the University of Dayton as the 2019 Inclusive Excellence Scholar. Kendi delivered a speech on what it means to be an anti-racist versus not-racist.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • University releases historic letter from the university to the president that “demonstrates systemic racism” at the university.
  • University has recently hosted a "Roots of Racism" web series, so that the "current situation, in which systemic racism persists in prominent Dayton institutions, their policies, and even within existing law, can be better understood."
  • The University of Dayton offers numerous anti-racism resources, including a promotion for Ibram X. Kendi's book, "How to Be an Anti-Racist."
  • In 2021, the school compiled "Catholic and Anti-Racist" responses by faculty and staff.
  • The university has five anti-racism prayers for the community to recite.
  • Dayton has Anti-Racist Pedagogy resources.
  • The Inclusive Excellence Scholar Residency (IESR) assists the University of Dayton community to achieve a more robust integrated approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion. IESR helps shape and inform DEI professional development and education opportunities for faculty, staff, and administrators for the academic year.
  • Dayton has an Office of Diversity and Inclusion that seeks to advance inclusive excellence.
  • The Inclusive Excellence Academy learning series helps familiarize faculty and staff with Inclusive Excellence. Each academic year the Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosts 15-20 Inclusive Excellence Academy (IEA) sessions.
  • Dayton's Diversity Peer Educators is a program that develops and brings together student leaders from diverse backgrounds and experiences to drive social justice education and intergroup relations through peer-to-peer workshops. Activities explore identities, group dynamics, and power & privilege.
  • Dayton has a University Inclusive Excellence Council.
Symbolic Actions
  • On January 17, 2023, Dayton updated its 11-Step Anti-Racism Action Plan with next steps. Steps include strengthening efforts to diversify the student body, continuing to build a "climate of safety", deploying marketing & communication assets to support DEI, strengthening connections with Black and other alumni of color, "make marginalized histories visible", and expand UD's utilization of local minority and women-owned businesses.
  • Dayton has an Anti-Racism Faculty Resolution.
  • On June 15, 2020, Dayton released its university-wide anti-racism statement titled "'Enough is Enough': A Commitment to Anti-Racism."
  • The University of Dayton has a 5-week Anti-Racism Challenge. Tasks fall under watch, listen, learn, act, and pray.
  • In September 2021, Dayton announced that it had received national recognition for its diversity and inclusion commitments for the second year in a row. The university was awarded the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, which recognizes institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to diversity and inclusion across campus.
Last updated September 16th, 2023
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