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.



February 24, 2021

In September, the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors 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.

Faculty members, students and staff have made significant progress toward those goals even amid challenges posed by the pandemic. Special focus has been on efforts to increase the diversity of the student body and faculty, consistent with the University’s 2030 Strategic Plan. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

February 23, 2021

The University of Virginia Police Department has hired its first-ever diversity, equity and inclusion manager, reflecting its commitment to peace and justice.

“One way to really transform the way we do business is to be intentional in the way we recruit people and how we develop policies and how we engage the community,” Associate Vice President for Safety and Security and Chief of Police Tim Longo said. “I thought one really effective way to do that was to create such a position within my command structure to keep me on track.” (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Jane Kelly)

February 11, 2021

In 2019, the University of Virginia-Community Working Group formed by President Jim Ryan identified four key priorities that UVA and its community partners could work on together: jobs and wages, affordable housing, youth education and equitable health care.

Soon after, UVA announced that it would raise its base wage to $15 an hour for all full-time employees and followed up with an announcement that major contractors who work on Grounds would join the University and pay the same base wage. (READ MORE

Source: UVA Today (Wesley Hester)

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

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