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The Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI)  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.

ODEI 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.

 

 

September 14, 2020

On Friday, the University of Virginia Board of Visitors approved five recommendations from UVA’s Racial Equity Task Force regarding changes to UVA’s historic landscape.

“My view, and I know this is shared by my entire leadership team, is that this moment offers us a unique opportunity to take action that will leave a lasting and positive impact on the university we all love,” UVA President Jim Ryan said Friday. “Actions that will make this place more clearly and obviously welcoming to all, and where all have an opportunity to thrive.” (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

September 14, 2020

The University of Virginia Board of Visitors on Friday endorsed several goals articulated by UVA’s Racial Equity Task Force and requested that UVA leadership develop a plan for funding, implementing and measuring progress toward those goals.

The goals stem from the task force’s report, released in August, which UVA President Jim Ryan described as “a call for us to be the very best version of ourselves and to live our stated commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion to become a better university.” (READ MORE

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

August 31, 2020

UVA Health is improving its procedures to better meet the needs of patients with disabilities. When individuals visit UVA Health for care, health system team members will ask more questions about patients’ disability status and accommodations.

A health equity steering committee has reviewed existing practices and recommended a more coordinated approach to understanding patients’ disability status and the types of accommodations they need. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Health Newsroom (Eric Swensen)

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

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