• 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 17, 2017

Greetings Friends,

As we approach the end of the spring semester, I would like to take the opportunity to review with you initiatives from the past few months.

The Community MLK Celebration in January was a great success.  Many thanks to all who attended and supported the events.  Below, you will find an article highlighting Anita Hill’s keynote address.

In February, the Charlottesville City Council passed a resolution recognizing March 3rd as “Liberation and Freedom Day.”  On that day in 1865, 14,000 enslaved members of Charlottesville and Albemarle County were freed.  For the first observance of this historic day, members of the Charlottesville and University communities came together at the University chapel to commemorate the moment the bells were rung across the city, announcing freedom of the enslaved.  Following the service at the chapel, many marched to the Jefferson School where the celebration continued. 

At the end of March, a luncheon was held to honor the 2017 recipients of the John T. Casteen III Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Leadership Award.  This year’s award went to Attiya Latif and Dr. Randolph Canterbury.  Attiya, a third year student, has distinguished herself across Grounds for her commitment to improving the University’s climate.  Dr. Canterbury, currently the senior associate dean for education in the School of Medicine, is known for his passion for diversity and the role he played in improving the admissions process.  For a full list of their accomplishments, please see the attached article, “Change Agents with Compassion: Student, Medical Dean Awarded for Diversity.”

On April 1st, students from nine partner schools as well as community colleges in the region presented their STEM research projects and participated in a graduate school recruitment fair at the 10th annual Virginia-North Carolina Alliance Undergraduate Research Symposium held at partner school St. Augustine’s University.  The National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (NSF-LSAMP) program continues to increase the number of underrepresented minorities who earn STEM degrees throughout the country.  The VA-NC Alliance is near the end of its tenth year and has made significant progress with a 156% increase in STEM degrees obtained by underrepresented minorities graduating from its partner schools over the course of our first two phases.  A third phase grant proposal has been submitted to the NSF.

Over the past year, the design team for the Memorial of Enslaved Laborers has been meeting with members of the UVA and Charlottesville communities to develop a concept for the memorial.  Multiple public forums were held to gather ideas and receive feedback on potential designs.  Earlier this month, the President's Commission on Slavery and the University unanimously approved the current design, which will be presented to the Board of Visitors this summer.  If you would like to contribute towards making the memorial a reality on Grounds, please visit this webpage.

The articles below feature more news related to diversity, equity, and inclusion on Grounds.  I wish you all a healthy and productive spring and summer.


Martin L. Martin, M.D.

Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity

Professor of Emergency Medicine

April 10, 2017

Mavis ClaytorMore than 300 people crowded into McLeod Auditorium at the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing on Friday to honor the school’s first African-American enrollee and graduate, Mavis Claytor. She charmed the audience, joked and told stories of her family, her early education in segregated Virginia and the hurdles and triumphs she faced during integration, and at UVA. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Christine Phelan Kueter)

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