“Even while I was away, Dayton was always and still is my hometown,” she said.
Taylor Smith said she was excited to contribute her talents and passions to build an inclusive campus community that also includes Catholic and Marianist values.
She promised to anchor the university’s efforts in partnerships and collaborations with Dayton and surrounding communities
The previous and inaugural vice president for diversity and inclusion, Lawrence Burnley, accepted a similar role with the Shaker Heights City School District, a Cleveland suburb.
UD says Taylor Smith helped to create a culture of collaboration, inclusion and equity through faculty and staff programming, one-on-one meetings with other campus leaders and relationship building across campus.
Taylor Smith’s professional experience also includes serving as president and founder of the consulting and coaching company, Culture Learning Partners; as senior manager for diversity and organizational capability for Procter & Gamble; as a research associate on multicultural issues in counseling at Fordham University; and presenting nationally on topics related to cultural conversations, according to UD.
Taylor Smith expects to graduate from UD with a doctorate in educational leadership in December 2022.
University President Eric F. Spina said Taylor Smith will bring experience and value to the role.
“She is an excellent colleague, a proven selfless collaborator, and well positioned to advance our shared work to become a more diverse and inclusive community dedicated to the common good,” Spina said.