• Recognizing Leaders for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Each year, the Office for Diversity and Equity recognizes an outstanding University student, faculty, or staff member who demonstrates a dedication to leadership and the ability to create a setting in which the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion is paramount. 

  • Honoring Those Who Came Before Us

    The President's Commission on Slavery and the University partnered with community members to commemorate U.Va.'s African American Cemetery. (Photo credit: Sanjay Suchak)

  • The Call to Higher Ground

    Each year in January, members of the U.Va. and Charlottesville communities come together during the Community MLK Celebration to explore the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Photo credit: Tom Cogill)

  • During Disabling Normalcy, a disability studies symposium hosted at the University of Virginia in February 2013, panelists discuss Disability Across Disciplines: Listening, Bonnie Gordon from Music; The Presumption of Competence, Vikram Jaswal from Psychology; Tom Thumb’s America at War, Jean Franzino, Ph.D candidate from English; and Selected Poems: A Reading, Paul Guest from English – Creative Writing.

    Disabling Normalcy

    During the February 2013 disability studies symposium hosted at the University of Virginia, panelists discussed disability across disciplines.

  • A U.Va. volunteer assists a community member with registration as part of the annual Community Health Fair.

    Investing in the Health of Our Community

    Each year, the Office for Diversity and Equity works with community partners to hold the annual Community Health Fair, which provides free health screenings to members of the Charlottesville community in Washington Park.

The Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity assists and monitors all units of the University in their efforts to recruit and retain faculty, staff, and students from historically underrepresented groups and to provide affirmative and supportive environments for work and life at the University of Virginia. We commit ourselves to a vision of leadership in diversity and equity, not out of a reluctant sense of obligation but because only by enriching ourselves and embracing diversity can we become the leading institution we aspire to be.

The Office for Diversity and Equity (ODE) provides leadership, information, consultation, coordination, and assistance to the various units and constituencies within the University of Virginia in an effort to embrace diversity and equity as pillars of excellence, synergize actions at all levels of the institution, and cultivate inclusiveness and mutual respect throughout the community. We also reach beyond the University to establish beneficial relationships with individual and institutional partners who share mutual goals and interests. At the University of Virginia, we envision a community of understanding, tolerance, and respect.

 


The University of Virginia's Commitment to Diversity

Diversity stands with ethics, integrity, and academic excellence, as a cornerstone of University culture. The University promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines. When people of different backgrounds come together, they exchange ideas, question assumptions (including their own), and broaden the horizons for us all.  A University of Virginia community rich in diversity affords every member equal respect and provides a forum for understanding our differences as well as our commonalities.

 

 

September 22, 2016

Steven Lewis, a doctoral student in the music department’s Critical and Comparative Studies program, helped bring the history of African-American music to life in the Smithsonian Institute’s newest museum. (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)Among the many historic artifacts and stories on display when the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opens this weekend, visitors will be treated to exhibits celebrating 400 years of African-American music, many of them carefully researched and curated by University of Virginia Ph.D. student Steven Lewis. Lewis, who studies jazz and secular African-American music in the McIntire Department of Music as an Edgar Shannon Jefferson Fellow, joined the museum as an intern last summer and was hired as a research assistant to Dwandalyn Reece, the curator for music and performing arts. He has spent much of the past year doing research and editorial work for the “Musical Crossroads” exhibit, housed on the fourth floor of the new museum. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

September 18, 2016

Photo of reconstructed slave quarters on Mulberry Row.As the mists rose off of Mulberry Row at Monticello on a mild September morning, the choir of the Union Run Baptist Church brought the crowd of nearly 2,000 to its feet. They gathered not only to hear the music, but also to hear some of the best minds in the nation on the history of America’s founding, the roles of slavery and civil rights, and where the country stands today, share expert scholarship, heartfelt thoughts and activism. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation hosted the public event, “Memory, Mourning, Mobilization: Legacies of Slavery and Freedom in America” at Monticello, the founder’s mountaintop home, on Saturday. The meeting featured commentaries from a dozen participants, including historians, descendants of those enslaved at Monticello, cultural leaders and activists engaged in several far-ranging conversations on the history of slavery and its meaning in today’s conversations on race, freedom and equality. (READ MORE

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

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