• 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.



November 27, 2017


The University of Virginia is aware of a Facebook page purporting to be the “UVA White Student Union” that appeared over the Thanksgiving holiday. There is no registered University student organization (CIO) by this name. It is highly likely that the creator of the page is not a member of the University community. As reported by Medium, similar Facebook pages have been affecting colleges and universities across the United States and Canada.


We are aware some UVA community members have seen this Facebook page and have found it highly distressing. These social media posts do not reflect the views and values of the University of Virginia. Diversity and inclusion are of the utmost importance to us, as is providing the University community with a safe living, learning and working environment.


The University is currently assessing the matter to explore options to address it. 

November 16, 2017


Dear Friends,

As we continue the celebration of UVA’s Bicentennial, we strive to address our past in a manner that tells a more inclusive story of the University’s founding. The President’s Commission on Slavery and the University partnered with the Slave Dwelling Project to host the symposium “Universities, Slavery, Public Memory & the Built Landscape” October 18th-21st, 2017. Our goal was to bring together members of the University, the community, and experts from other institutions to explore our historical relationship with slavery and set stage for future work.

We are pleased to report the symposium had a full registration list of 500 participants representing 61 colleges and universities, 21 states and the United Kingdom, and 17 museums and historic sites. Throughout the 4-day event, participants were given a number of opportunities to address topics including racial healing, restorative justice, public memory, descendant stories, and memorialization. These topics were addressed through 5 plenary sessions and 34 breakout sessions covering a range of topics, an overnight slave dwelling experience on The Lawn, an African American cemetery commemoration, and a full day of field trips to Montpelier, Monticello, and Highland.  Thank you to all who attended and helped make the symposium a success.

I am pleased to report that this fall, the University recorded a 5-year high related to the enrollment of minority, first-generation, and low-income students.  Since 2012, African American first-year enrollment has increased by 41.5%, first-year minority student enrollment has increased by 38, and enrollment of students with Pell Grant eligibility has increased by 34.3%.  For a deeper look at the data, please visit this link.

Shortly after the launch of the Bicentennial, the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies received department status.  As a department, the Institute has more independence and can now make decisions about curriculum and hiring faculty without the oversight of other departments.  For more information about the Institute’s history and this exciting news, please visit this link.

I am also pleased to share that in September the former Jordan Hall was renamed Pinn Hall, dedicated in honor of Dr. Vivian Pinn.  Dr. Pinn was the only African American in her class at the School of Medicine.  She went on to become the first director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institute of Health.  UVA’s Board of Visitors also passed a resolution at its September 2017 meeting renaming the former Lewis House dormitory in the International Residential College after W.W Yen, the first international student to earn a UVA degree. Yen went on to become Premier of China.

These are exciting times at the University of Virginia, and I encourage you to check out the stories featured in this month’s newsletter.  I wish you a happy Thanksgiving and productive end of the semester.

Best Wishes,

Marcus L. Martin

Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity & Equity

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