• 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.



February 20, 2018


Dear Friends,
Welcome to the first 2018 edition of Our Grounds.  I hope your year has gotten off to a great start.
During the last two weeks of January and early February, 32 events were held to commemorate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  With the theme “Be the Difference,” keynote speaker Joy Reid challenged the audience about we can make positive change in these divisive times.  The 2018 celebration was capped off by an event honoring Gregory Swanson, the first African American student admitted to UVA.  At the event, President Sullivan announced the formation of the President’s Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation.  The commission will succeed the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University and will examine the University’s role in a post-Emancipation and segregated society.  
This March, the celebration of Dr. King’s legacy will continue. On March 13th, the Virginia General Assembly’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission will partner with the Office for Diversity & Equity to host a community discussion at Old Cabell Hall from 6-8pm in commemoration of Dr. King’s visit to UVA in 1963.  This event is one in a series of community discussions that will be held throughout the Commonwealth in 2018 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s death.  The event will feature leaders from the community who will address the question, “Where do we go from here?”  
On March 23rd  the 8th John T. Casteen, III Diversity – Equity – Inclusion Leadership Award will be presented to a member of the UVA community who best demonstrates a dedication to leadership and a deep commitment to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University and in the community.  Any member of the University community (student, faculty, or staff) is eligible for nomination, according to the criteria.  In addition to the nomination form, the committee requires a letter describing how the nominee has exemplified the award-related criteria and three additional letters of support (one of which must be from outside the nominee's department or school).  Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2018.
Finally, congratulations to our men’s basketball team for being ranked #1 in the nation! Thank you all for your continued support and best wishes for a healthy, happy, and productive 2018.
Marcus L. Martin, M.D.
February 15, 2018

profile image of Martin Luther King Jr.

Throughout 2018, the Virginia General Assembly's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission is holding a series of roundtables in each of the Virginia communities that Dr. King visited. Join the Commission and the University of Virginia Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity & Equity for this event commemorating Dr. King. The esteemed panelists will reflect upon King's visit to UVA 55 years ago in March of 1963, when he spoke at Old Cabell Hall at the age of 34. We hope you will join us for this event.

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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Lehman Bates, Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church

Andrea Douglas, Director of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Wesley Harris (Engr '64), C.S. Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jennifer McClellan, Virginia Senator and Chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission

Teresa Sullivan, President of the University of Virginia

Nikuyah Walker, Mayor of the City of Charlottesville


This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.



Parking validation will be provided for the Central Grounds Parking Garage.



Old Cabell Hall is about a 10-minute walk from the Central Grounds Parking Garage. Take the elevator to the top floor of the garage. From the top floor of the garage (UVA Bookstore), walk across the brick courtyard and up the outside steps to your right (adjacent to Newcomb Hall.) At the top of the stairs, follow the sidewalk straight ahead, to walk past the Office of Admissions and Monroe Hall to reach McCormick Road. Take a right on McCormick Road, then a quick left onto Amphitheater Way. Pass the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, continuing to the Lawn. Old Cabell Hall will be to your right, at the south end of the Lawn.


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