UVA Engineering Earns National Recognition for Diversity Focus

Posted: August 6, 2019, 12:00am

The University of Virginia School of Engineering is among the first in the country to earn a bronze award from the American Society for Engineering Education’s Diversity Recognition Program. The society’s program recognizes engineering schools “that make significant, measurable progress in increasing the diversity, inclusion, and degree attainment outcomes of their programs.” UVA Engineering has risen in multiple ways to the challenges of increasing diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields to meet America’s workforce, technology and security needs. Steps include the 2017 school-wide adoption of excellence through diversity as one of its core values. Faculty, staff and students now are collaborating to update the diversity strategic plan. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Chris Tyree)

Past, Present and Future of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UVA

Posted: August 2, 2019, 12:00am

Comments delivered at Old Cabell Hall during Black Alumni Weekend
April 6, 2019
Dr. Marcus L. Martin

Good morning! Greetings everyone. Welcome back black alumni, family, and friends. I hope you are enjoying your return to UVA. We are expecting about 2,000 participants for this wonderful weekend of events. Thank you very much for inviting me to speak.

So, this is what retirement looks like. I officially retired January 1, 2019, took a 30-day sabbatical and returned in a temporary capacity until the new Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is hired, and President Ryan agrees I can retire again.

I was asked to address the past, present, and future of diversity, equity and inclusion at UVA. There is a lot to consider, so I will do my best in 30 minutes to paint the picture from my collective experiences as a father, faculty, physician, mentor, advisor, and chief diversity officer and Vice President under the 7th, 8th and 9th UVA presidents. (READ MORE)

Learn More about the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at UVA

Posted: August 1, 2019, 12:00am


“Honoring the enslaved laborers who built this University is a crucial step in fully recognizing our history as a university,” President James E. Ryan said. “I am delighted that we will be matching funds raised for this important memorial.”

A recommendation of the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University, the memorial’s design and location won approval in June 2017. The memorial is to be situated near the Rotunda on the grassy area between Brooks Hall and the Corner. Construction is anticipated to begin later this year. (READ MORE)

UVA's Statement on Accessibility

Posted: June 27, 2019, 4:47pm


The University of Virginia values disability within the spectrum of human diversity and is committed to a living, learning, and work environment where individuals with disabilities can be their full selves and thrive. The University recognizes that ensuring equal access to educational, employment, and all other opportunities is a shared responsibility that demands our continuous identification and removal of physical, technological, and attitudinal barriers.

Retiring VP Marcus Martin Furthered Widespread Progress on Diversity

Posted: June 27, 2019, 4:39pm

Marcus Martin smiling at camera with one arm placed on a Rotunda column.


From occasionally delivering babies in the ER to delivering the final report of the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University, Martin has had several leadership roles at the University. Retiring after 23 years, he most recently served as UVA’s vice president and chief officer for diversity and equity, having taken over permanently in 2011 after two years as interim. Martin’s efforts have advanced diversity, equity and inclusion in many areas of academia and administration on Grounds. He has built bridges in medical service and education, across departments and units, with the local community, in the nation and beyond. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Anne E. Bromley)