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.



November 18, 2020

The University of Virginia now has a presence in downtown Charlottesville focused on connecting the University’s community-focused initiatives and strengthening its relationship with the broader community.

The new Center for Community Partnerships at UVA will serve as both a front door to the University for community members and a collaborative space for UVA’s existing community efforts.

The center will be anchored by UVA’s Equity Center, and will also be staffed by members of the University’s offices for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Academic Outreach; and Community Partnerships at UVA Health. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Wesley Hester)

October 29, 2020

We're less than a week away from Election Day, and there is plenty of programming to participate in at UVA. Stay involved at UVA with events before, during, and after the election. 

The Office of the Provost is maintaining a list of events on their website. The list encompasses a wide variety of programming offered by UVA’s schools and other academic entities. If you wish to submit an event to add to this list, email

October 26, 2020

Oct. 1 marked the kickoff of the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. As the state’s largest annual workplace giving drive, the CVC plays a vital role in raising donations for nearly 1,000 nonprofits in our community and across Virginia. For more than 20 years, the University of Virginia has led statewide participation in the campaign, raising nearly $1 million a year for nonprofits, the bulk of them here in our community.

“CVC provides an important opportunity to be a good neighbor and partner, to support our community through an especially difficult time, and to live our espoused values,” says Kevin McDonald, UVA’s vice president for diversity, equity, inclusion, and community partnerships. (READ MORE

Source: UVA Today (Shannon Reres)

Diversity Dashboard

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

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