• 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)

  • The Call to Higher Ground

    Each year in January, members of the U.Va. and Charlottesville communities come together during the Community MLK Celebration to explore the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Photo credit: Tom Cogill)

  • 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.



October 20, 2016

As many as 350 alumni, parents and friends contributed $3 million to endow a professorship in memory of the late civil rights activist Julian Bond, a UVA professor emeritus of history.The late Julian Bond was one of the most prominent social justice advocates to emerge from the Civil Rights Movement. To honor his legacy and his service to the University of Virginia, where he taught for two decades, a new professorship is being established in his name. The Julian Bond Professorship of Civil Rights and Social Justice in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will sustain faculty excellence on the Civil Rights Movement and further the educational work of one of its most distinguished leaders, who died last year. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)

October 20, 2016

Cuban entrepreneur Saily Gonzalez Velazquez, left, and Honduran activist Juan Luis Laínez Mejia are two of 10 young leaders from Latin America being hosted by the University of Virginia. (Photos by Dan Addison, University Communications)President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba last March put Saily Gonzalez Velazquez’s nascent bed-and-breakfast into overdrive. Velazquez is one of 10 young leaders from Latin America being hosted for four weeks by the University of Virginia as part of its affiliation with the Presidential Precinct. The non-profit alliance includes the College of William & Mary, William Short’s Morven Farm and the homes of three Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier and James Monroe’s Highland. Nationwide, 250 young leaders, aged 21 to 30, were selected to participate in a new White House program, the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, which was created to support promising entrepreneurs and civil society advocates. In Charlottesville, the leaders are participating in “entrepreneur-in-residence” placements with some of the community’s leading small businesses, startups and nonprofit organizations. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Jane Kelly)

Diversity Dashboard

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

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