The University hired Tiffany Taylor Smith, a cultural competency consultant with experience in higher education and human resources, to the newly created position of executive director for inclusive excellence education and professional development. She began the role on July 13, 2017.
In this role, Taylor Smith leads the development, implementation and assessment of comprehensive, campus-wide professional development and training to promote and enhance intercultural competence, diversity, equity and inclusive excellence.
During the last 15 years, Taylor Smith has worked with education, business and community organizations to increase intercultural competence for both adults and students. In 2001, she founded TR Taylor Consulting, LLC., (now Culture Learning Partners) to help build better cross-cultural relations, navigate cultural diversity and increase cultural equity.
In addition to her consulting experience, Taylor Smith worked as an adjunct professor of psychology at Kean University and Seton Hall University in New Jersey for 11 years. She taught courses on life span development, child and adolescent psychology.
Before founding the consulting firm, Taylor Smith held various roles in human resource development, diversity and sales management with Procter & Gamble Distributing Company, working at the corporation’s Boston; Cincinnati and Cranford, New Jersey, offices. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, and a master’s in education, specializing in counseling services, from Fordham University in New York.
A Dayton native, Taylor Smith graduated from Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering.