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.



June 18, 2020

Maybe reading books and articles about racial justice issues is something you’ve been doing for years, or maybe the nation’s current crisis has spurred you to learn more. Whatever the reason, if you’re looking to read more, some University of Virginia faculty and administrators with expertise in this area have some recommendations. 

As many in the U.S. continue to protest police brutality in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd and many other African Americans, some are also responding by writing and reading about systemic racism, discussing who tells our history and what we might do to resolve these problems. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne Bromley)

June 16, 2020

University of Virginia President Jim Ryan today announced that all students, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, will now be eligible for admission and enrollment at UVA.

“Our mission as a university is to attract outstanding students who will make our community stronger and the world a better place,” Ryan said. “We should be open to all qualified applicants – and this decision is an important step in the right direction.” (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Wesley Hester)

June 12, 2020

President Jim Ryan said Friday that the task force he established this month will deliver recommendations no later than early August on how the University of Virginia can improve racial equity, and he encouraged its members to pursue bold ideas.

The task force is ready to begin soliciting community input, and already has begun compiling the many recommendations, demands and suggestions that have been made over the years at UVA.

The task force comprises Kevin McDonald, UVA’s vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion; Ian Solomon, dean of the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; and Barbara Brown Wilson, assistant professor of urban and environmental planning and faculty director of the UVA Equity Center. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (McGregor McCance)

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