• During Disabling Normalcy, a disability studies symposium hosted at the University of Virginia in February 2013, panelists discuss Disability Across Disciplines: Listening, Bonnie Gordon from Music; The Presumption of Competence, Vikram Jaswal from Psychology; Tom Thumb’s America at War, Jean Franzino, Ph.D candidate from English; and Selected Poems: A Reading, Paul Guest from English – Creative Writing.

    Disabling Normalcy

    During the February 2013 disability studies symposium hosted at the University of Virginia, panelists discussed disability across disciplines.

  • Honoring Those Who Came Before Us

    The President's Commission on Slavery and the University partnered with community members to commemorate U.Va.'s African American Cemetery. (Photo credit: Sanjay Suchak)

  • A U.Va. volunteer assists a community member with registration as part of the annual Community Health Fair.

    Investing in the Health of Our Community

    Each year, the Office for Diversity and Equity works with community partners to hold the annual Community Health Fair, which provides free health screenings to members of the Charlottesville community in Washington Park.

  • Recognizing Leaders for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Each year, the Office for Diversity and Equity recognizes an outstanding University student, faculty, or staff member who demonstrates a dedication to leadership and the ability to create a setting in which the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion is paramount. 

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 10, 2020


The University of Virginia moved a step closer to its goal to be both great and good Thursday as it introduced new and expanded student centers that will support such diverse communities as Latinx and interfaith populations.

Newcomb Hall, the student hub on Grounds, was abuzz as a huge crowd of people, mostly students, lined up excitedly for the afternoon grand opening of the Multicultural Student Center.

The center was one of four new student spaces that opened following years of student input. Administrators also enthusiastically introduced LGBTQ, Latinx and Interfaith student centers. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Jane Kelly)

February 3, 2020


University of Virginia President Jim Ryan today announced new initiatives to update and contextualize the University’s historic landscape with commemorative markers, portraits and photographs, and new digital tours.

These additions to our landscape and our tours will help us celebrate agents of change, highlight important parts of our landscape, and tell a more complete story about our university and those who have shaped it,” Ryan said. “These projects will also highlight one constant that links our present to our past: change. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman) 

January 30, 2020


Beginning this spring, four Charlottesville community leaders will come to Grounds to continue work on their projects addressing racial and economic inequality. The Community Fellows-in-Residence will share their work with University of Virginia students, faculty and staff – all part of the UVA Equity Center’s work to mutually share its resources and power with the local community.

The yearlong fellowships, launched this year, are designed for individuals who have a history of actively working to reduce inequity in the Charlottesville community and have a project that could benefit from access to the University’s support and resources. This year’s fellows – Myra Anderson, Libby Edwards-Allbaugh, Tanesha Hudson and Destinee Wright – will spend a year bringing their expertise to UVA and using University resources, including faculty mentors, libraries, office space and other support, to grow their projects. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Caroline Newman)

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