• 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.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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 27, 2019

 

The Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia began with a student-led effort in 2010 and is a shining example of student self-governance. The memorial will acknowledge and honor the estimated 5,000 individuals who built and maintained the University—clearing land, molding and firing bricks, transporting quarried stone, fetching water, stacking wood, scrubbing fireplaces and windows, and completing daily chores for UVA students and professors.

For more than four decades, the entire University was a site of enslavement. Now, we’re confronting our past, uncovering new knowledge, and using that knowledge to teach, heal, and shape the future.

Please consider giving to the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers here. You can also read more about the UVA's $2.5 million matching fund for the memorial here.

February 15, 2019

 

Liberation and Freedom Day, which commemorates the ending of slavery in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, will be celebrated in Charlottesville on Saturday, March 2, 2019 and Sunday, March 3, 2019. Observances will be held at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center on Saturday and at the University of Virginia on Sunday.

Sunday’s events will begin at 3 p.m. at the Rotunda Dome Room with a service led by chaplains of the United Ministries of UVA and featuring remarks by University officials.  Light refreshments will be served following the service. At 4 p.m., a blessing ceremony will occur at the site of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, with participation of local clergy and members of the memorial design team. 

All are invited to attend these events.

Parking is available at the Central Grounds Parking Garage adjacent to Newcomb Hall.

 

The celebration of Liberation and Freedom Day in Charlottesville is presented by: 

•    UVA Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity
•    Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
•    Charlottesville City Council
•    United Ministries
•    Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Community Engagement Committee 
•    UVA Bicentennial
•    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at UVA
•    Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
•    Citizen Justice Initiative 
•    Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia
•    Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello
 

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

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