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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.

 

 

May 29, 2020

George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor

We are grieving and angry over the latest disturbing and reprehensible events, which have yet again exposed the tragic injustices and violence against African Americans and their humanity. Our hearts are heavy as we reflect upon the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many other African Americans whose lives have been cut short. We recognize the pain, fear, anger, and hopelessness many in our UVA and Charlottesville community might be experiencing right now. UVA’s Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion stands firmly in our values of diversity and inclusivity and denounces all forms of hate and bigotry.

Today, we stand with everyone suffering and in anguish under the weight of racism. We are with you. As educators and leaders in higher education, we appreciate the power—and responsibility—we have to dismantle the systems that continue to permit bias-motivated ideologies and actions. Hate and violence are in direct opposition to the values our University and broader community aspire to uphold and who we want to be. We must continue to do the hard work that will help ensure that our future is different, more just, more accepting, and more inclusive. The future we envision is one in which the devaluing of life is no longer accepted, and where bigotry no longer contaminates our systems and institutions, burdening some community members much more than others.

Signed,

The Collective

May 6, 2020

 

In this time of pandemic and economic upheaval, community service agencies are stretched to the limit. Volunteers are needed more than ever for a widening range of services. And as the commonwealth celebrates Virginia Public Service Week, more citizens may be looking to help.

As a response, the University of Virginia has established a virtual Volunteer Center to help connect UVA employees who wish to volunteer their time, skills and compassion with the needs of local service agencies that are working overtime to help community members cope. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Fariss Samarrai)

April 17, 2020

 

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the United States, data is beginning to emerge showing the disproportionate impact of the virus in minority communities, particularly African American communities.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control released a study of a representative group of hospitalized patients showing that the percentage of black patients hospitalized for COVID-19 was much higher than the percentage of African Americans in the population as a whole, “suggesting that black populations might be disproportionately affected by COVID-19.”

Four University of Virginia doctors – Dr. Taison Bell, Dr. Ebony Hilton-Buchholz, Dr. Bryant Cameron Webb and Dr. Leigh-Ann Webb – are among a group of physicians who initially raised the alarm about these trends, pushing state and federal officials to release demographic data about the spread of COVID-19. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman) 

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