Meet The Executive Director

Executive Director

Davyd Hall, “The Sense of Belonging Specialist” and DE&I Strategist, is a passionate higher education professional and community advocate that aspires to dispel systemic barriers to promote more equitable access to a better quality of life for those of marginalized identities. With experience in the nonprofit, financial, and higher education sectors, Hall has developed exemplary skills in academic coaching, executive coaching, lecturing, training and workshop development.

 

Hall was born, raised and still resides on the 38th Street corridor of the Devington area in Indianapolis, where he learned lessons about community building, various barriers, quality of life assistance and education access. His personal motto, “If there’s a will there’s a way” serves as a constant reminder that determination, support and planning will always overcome hard times. 

 

Hall is highly sought after for his work in multicultural affairs, community impact, student success, employee engagement and diversity, equity, and inclusion, which has helped over 1,000 individuals. Within this position appointment, Hall aims to build and sustain community partnerships, inclusive channels of communication, assessment of experience and sense of belonging, and strategies to disrupt oppressive systems.

 

Hall holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs from IUPUI, a Master’s of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, and Diversity and Inclusion Certificates from Cornell University and the University of South Florida.

A Center of Historical Context

Continuing a "Bona-Fide" Legacy

The Martin University Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion is strongly connected to our history and the legacies of our founders Father Boniface Hardin and Sister Jane Schilling. In 1970, Father Hardin founded the Martin Center as a “biracial and ecumenical effort to overcome the polarization brought about by ignorance, injustice and hostility between blacks and whites in the metropolitan area of  Indianapolis”* Father Hardin served as a consultant for major corporations, school systems, and others on race relations training while Sister Jane Schilling managed the programs offered to the local community on African American history and culture, race relations, and other topics. As the Martin Center continued its work, Father Hardin came to recognize that a root cause of many of the racial inequities within Indianapolis stemmed from the lack of good higher education options for African American adults in the community. To help address these disparities in college attainment, he decided that a university was needed that would focus on serving low-income, minority, and adult students in Indianapolis and surrounding communities.

In 1977, Father Boniface Hardin and Sister Jane Schilling founded Martin Center College to offer opportunities for disenfranchised persons to change their destinies through education. The college became a separate entity from the Martin Center in 1979 and became Martin University in 1989. Since its founding, the University has been recognized as an institution that offers access and opportunities to persons who have been discounted, discouraged, and disregarded in the educational attainment process. Martin University is Indiana’s only Predominantly Black Institution (PBI) of higher education and continues to serve low-income, minority- and adult students.

 

However, while communities, businesses, institutions, and organizations continue to become increasingly more diverse and inclusive, inequities remain persistent for those who have been historically disenfranchised socially, educationally, and economically. The aforementioned inequities prove that Rev. Fr. Hardin’s goal of opening the minds and hearts of both black and white Americans has yet to be fulfilled. Therefore, in the name of Fr. Hardin and Sr. Schilling, there has never been a more relevant and important time for Martin University to assist leaders and organizations in their efforts to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

What we know is that people strive to become more inclusive and equity-minded, but remain uncertain about how to convert their intentions into action. The National Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion at Martin University (NCREI@Martin) can help develop sustainable strategies and practices that address racial inequity, creating more inclusive and affirming environments for all. Sean Huddleston said “Systems and structures that have deeply embedded racism, inequity, and exclusion are costly and weaken our society. Therefore, we must find effective ways to uplift all populations and pay close attention to those whose needs and identities are often marginalized or ignored.” 

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ETHNOTHERAPY

The goal of ethnotherapy was to open the minds and hearts of both Black and white Americans to the ways in which they were engaging in oppression and intolerance.

Father Boniface Hardin

Light and Shadow

The NCREI at Martin will be a nationally recognized, catalytic organization that will help develop sustainable strategies and practices that address racial inequity, creating more inclusive and affirming environments. This will be achieved through five focused areas: Leveraging Legacy, Propel People and Strengthen Families, Spark Listening, Learning and Leadership, Advance Institutional and Organizational Effectiveness and Embody Presence, Partnerships and Perseverance.

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Our Purpose of Services

Vision Framework

The purpose of Martin University's National Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion is to assist leaders and organizations in their efforts to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through education and training, the Center will advance capacity-building strategies and initiatives that address persistent racial inequities and achieve more inclusion for communities, businesses, institutions, organizations through our region. Our purpose will be accomplished through the following service delivery vehicles:

Consulting and coaching engagements with businesses, higher education institutions, school districts, and other organizations focused on achieving inclusive excellence. Consulting service may include:

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic planning support

  • Equity, inclusion, and sense of belonging assessments

  • Workforce recruitment and retention strategies

  • Supplier diversity program development and implementation

  • Professional development for diversity, equity, and inclusion leaders

Workshops, lectures, road mapping, assessments, seminars, and other development activities focused on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will engage highly accomplished subject matter experts to help leaders and organizations increase their knowledge and abilities for effectively developing sustainable practices that are measurable and impactful. These learning and development events will be open to the community or target specific audiences, and at times, will be planned in partnership with other organizations and institutions. 

 

Programs and Initiatives that involve ongoing strategies and engagement for improving racial equity and inclusion outcomes. Some examples include:

  • NCREI Access Fair - An access fair intended to connect the minority communities of Indianapolis to surrounding resources and organizations that are set to dispel access to a better quality of life.

  • Brother to Brother - An initiative that will focus on helping to empower, influence, and support success for men of color through education, networking, mentorship, and coalition building.

  • DEI Leadership Academy - A professional development and certification program for current and aspiring diversity, equity, and inclusion professionals and practitioners.

  • Degrees of Freedom - A program designed to increase educational attainment for incarcerated individuals and ex-offenders.

  • Urban Leadership Summit - A coalition-building initiative for civic and community leaders, providing a workspace for leaders to construct new initiatives that will help initiate change and engender greater accountability for racial equity.  

Light and Shadow

The NCREI at Martin will be a nationally recognized, catalytic organization that will help develop sustainable strategies and practices that address racial inequity, creating more inclusive and affirming environments. This will be achieved through five focused areas: Leveraging Legacy, Propel People and Strengthen Families, Spark Listening, Learning and Leadership, Advance Institutional and Organizational Effectiveness and Embody Presence, Partnerships and Perseverance.

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Light and Shadow

The NCREI at Martin will be a nationally recognized, catalytic organization that will help develop sustainable strategies and practices that address racial inequity, creating more inclusive and affirming environments. This will be achieved through five focused areas: Leveraging Legacy, Propel People and Strengthen Families, Spark Listening, Learning and Leadership, Advance Institutional and Organizational Effectiveness and Embody Presence, Partnerships and Perseverance.

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The National Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion at Martin University will help develop sustainable strategies and practices that address racial inequity, creating more inclusive and affirming environments for all. We also recognize our responsibility to advance collaboration and collective impact with other organizations that seek to resolve racial equity gaps throughout our country. 

The National Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion at Martin University will advance capacity-building strategies and initiatives that address and rectify persistent racial inequities and achieve access, diversity, racial equity, and social justice for minoritized people, communities, and organizations and minority-owned businesses, institutions, in the State of Indiana and nationally.

Martin University will continue to serve as a social anchor and redouble our efforts and "bona-fide" commitment to achieving inclusive excellence, racial equity, social justice, access, and opportunities for all that align with our mission. Our intended partners include:

  • Martin WORKS Employer Partners

  • Corporate Clients

  • Governmental, Non-profit, Civic, Religious Entities

  • National Policy Think Tanks

  • K-12 and Higher Education District, Institutions and Systems

Moreover, it is our hope that through creating and building robust approaches to creating access, diversity, racial equity, and inclusive excellence; the National Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion at Martin University will become a preeminent industry leader in shaping culture, external affairs, developing inclusive leaders, internal engagement, and social responsibility. We intend to achieve these elements through:

 

  • Coalition Building

  • Community Impact

  • Strategic Advocacy

  • Constructive Activism

  • Growth Mindset, Education, Knowledge, and Skills