• 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. 

  • 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.

  • The Call to Higher Ground

    Alicia Garza, social activist and co-founder of the viral hashtag and movement Black Lives Matter, will deliver the keynote address for the 2016 Community MLK Celebration at Culbreth Theater on January 25th.

  • 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.

  • 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.



October 21, 2015

Diversity Dialogues is a series of workshops where students, faculty, and staff will engage in dialogues on topics related to diversity and inclusion, with the goal of unifying efforts across Grounds and creating a more inclusive U.Va. This year's dialogues will take place on November 5th and 6th, 2015. You may register for as many breakout sessions as you like.

October 13, 2015

Dr. Marcus L. Martin is the recipient of this year’s Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award, given out each year by the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Diversity Dashboard

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

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