• 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)

  • 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.



April 29, 2018


The 90-minute discussion, moderated by University of Virginia professor of African-American and African Studies and History Claudrena Harold, frequently delved into the events of Aug. 11 and 12 in Charlottesville. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Whitelaw Reid)

April 23, 2018


Over the course of his professional career, countless gay, lesbian and transgender people have asked University of Virginia nursing professor Ken White for referrals to gay or gay-friendly physicians. “[Patients ask for referrals] because they fear two big things: judgment or a clinician’s lack of knowledge and understanding about their particular health concerns,” he said. While discrimination can sometimes be an issue, White said, most care providers “simply don’t know how to speak frankly with gay, lesbian and transgender patients about their health concerns. They fear saying the wrong thing, and so say nothing at all.” To help health care providers better serve their LGBTQ patients, organizers from UVA’s schools of Nursing and Medicine and the UVA Health System have organized a LGBTQ+ Health Care Symposium, to be held May 10 at the Boar’s Head Inn (online registration is open through May 2 at cmevillage.com). The program brings together a team from UVA with national and international experts to learn how to give the best possible care to everyone. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Eric Swensen)

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The Diversity Dashboard provides data on the composition of U.Va.’s faculty, staff, and students.

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