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UD trying to better promote diversity on campus

The University of Dayton is trying to do more to promote diversity on the mostly white and financially well-off college campus.

The school announced Tuesday that it has launched a diversity and inclusion website and a link to it can be found on all of UD’s web pages. The website displays information about the university’s diversity and inclusion programs as well as a calender of events.

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“The new site should give us a strong and sustainable foundation on which to build additional content, as strategic initiatives in diversity and inclusion emerge and advance,” UD provost Paul Benson said in a prepared statement.

The university will also use its president’s diversity and inclusion task force to work told goals encompassing diversity, equity and inclusion, according to UD.

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During his April inauguration, UD president Eric Spina called for the school to bring in and graduate more traditionally under-represented students and this fall the the university announced that its incoming freshmen class would be its most diverse in history.

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But, an investigation by this news organization found that there has not been much change in the racial makeup of UD’s student body since 1980. Black students actually made up a smaller percentage of UD’s student body in 2016 than they did 35 years prior, federal data shows.

Despite an ongoing push for socio-economic diversity as well, UD had the highest median household income for students’ families at area universities. The median household income of students’ families at UD was $149,600 while Wright State had the lowest at $74,700, according to data from the Equality of Opportunity’s study on social mobility.

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