• 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.



August 14, 2017
Dear Friends,
The acts of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and members of the KKK in Charlottesville and on Grounds August 11th and 12th were reprehensible and not representative of the values of inclusion and diversity we strive to cultivate in our community.  Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives and we pray for full recovery for those injured as a result of the cowardly acts of domestic terror.  Hatred and bigotry have no place in our community and we strongly condemn individuals and organizations that perpetuate these evil acts.  Please see here for the various statements released by University officials related to the events of this weekend.
The Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity and all who stand for justice and equality at UVA are even more determined to make our community welcoming, inclusive, and safe.  We continue to encourage commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of academic, extracurricular activities, the workplace, and within the surrounding community.
A little over a year ago, President Sullivan requested that the Office for Diversity and Equity assist with completing a diversity, equity, and inclusion recommendations index to inform diversity strategic planning initiatives.  The Diversity Recommendation Index (DRI) is a review of seven reports written by either students, staff, faculty, and/or community members related to recommendations to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University.  The narrative of the index provides a summary highlighting significant actions taken as well as the challenges of cultivating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. The DRI appendix outlines more than two hundred recommendations taken from these reports and the actions taken to date. The full DRI is available on the Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity website.
On June 9th, the Board of Visitors approved the design of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers.  Groundbreaking for the memorial is anticipated to begin in 2019.  Please see the article below to learn about the design of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers. If you would like to contribute towards making the memorial a reality on Grounds, please visit the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University giving form.
We are pleased to report that the National Science Foundation approved a third phase of funding for the VA-NC Alliance for Minority Participation.  This grant will allow the Alliance to extend its programming for five more years and add three new partner institutions.  Below you will find an article highlighting the additional funding and the 8th annual VA-NC Alliance Summer Research Program.  
In celebration of the Bicentennial of the University founding, the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University is partnering with the Slave Dwelling Project to host the symposium “Universities, Slavery, Public Memory, & the Built Landscape.” From October 18th through the 21st, the symposium will consider the history, preservation, and memorialization of sites of enslavement and will highlight the recent work of universities that have begun to grapple with their own histories.  To register for the symposium and to view the full schedule, please visit the PCSU website
I look forward to us working together to improve our community and wish you all a healthy and productive fall semester.
Martin L. Martin, M.D.
Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity
Professor of Emergency Medicine
August 14, 2017

This open letter to the Class of 2021 was written as a unified effort of the University's Black Alumni and developed after over 200 alumni, led by Gregory Jackson and Cameron Webb, took action "to support the efforts in Charlottesville in order to strengthen the community that helped to shape our individual characters over the years." (READ MORE)

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