Diversity on the Rise at UVA

Posted: March 1, 2018, 1:55pm


Current institutional data show that the University has experienced a robust expansion in the breadth and depth of its cultural and socioeconomic diversity in recent years.
Data for 2017 indicate that since 2012:
  • First-Year minority student enrollment has increased by 38%
  • AFrican American enrollment of First-Year students has increased by 44.2%
  • First-Generation student enrollment is up by 42%
  • Enrollment of First-Year Pell Grant recipients is up 34.3%

Letter from VP-CODE (February 2018 Edition of Our Grounds: Dimensions of Diversity)

Posted: February 20, 2018, 9:46am


Dear Friends,
Welcome to the first 2018 edition of Our Grounds.  I hope your year has gotten off to a great start.
During the last two weeks of January and early February, 32 events were held to commemorate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  With the theme “Be the Difference,” keynote speaker Joy Reid challenged the audience about we can make positive change in these divisive times.  The 2018 celebration was capped off by an event honoring Gregory Swanson, the first African American student admitted to UVA.  At the event, President Sullivan announced the formation of the President’s Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation.  The commission will succeed the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University and will examine the University’s role in a post-Emancipation and segregated society.  
This March, the celebration of Dr. King’s legacy will continue. On March 13th, the Virginia General Assembly’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission will partner with the Office for Diversity & Equity to host a community discussion at Old Cabell Hall from 6-8pm in commemoration of Dr. King’s visit to UVA in 1963.  This event is one in a series of community discussions that will be held throughout the Commonwealth in 2018 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s death.  The event will feature leaders from the community who will address the question, “Where do we go from here?”  
On March 23rd  the 8th John T. Casteen, III Diversity – Equity – Inclusion Leadership Award will be presented to a member of the UVA community who best demonstrates a dedication to leadership and a deep commitment to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University and in the community.  Any member of the University community (student, faculty, or staff) is eligible for nomination, according to the criteria.  In addition to the nomination form, the committee requires a letter describing how the nominee has exemplified the award-related criteria and three additional letters of support (one of which must be from outside the nominee's department or school).  Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2018.
Finally, congratulations to our men’s basketball team for being ranked #1 in the nation! Thank you all for your continued support and best wishes for a healthy, happy, and productive 2018.
Marcus L. Martin, M.D.

Event: "Where Do We Go From Here?" A Community Conversation

Posted: February 15, 2018, 1:36pm

profile image of Martin Luther King Jr.

Throughout 2018, the Virginia General Assembly's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission is holding a series of roundtables in each of the Virginia communities that Dr. King visited. Join the Commission and the University of Virginia Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity & Equity for this event commemorating Dr. King. The esteemed panelists will reflect upon King's visit to UVA 55 years ago in March of 1963, when he spoke at Old Cabell Hall at the age of 34. We hope you will join us for this event.

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Register Here




Lehman Bates, Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church

Andrea Douglas, Director of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Wesley Harris (Engr '64), C.S. Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jennifer McClellan, Virginia Senator and Chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission

Teresa Sullivan, President of the University of Virginia

Nikuyah Walker, Mayor of the City of Charlottesville


This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.



Parking validation will be provided for the Central Grounds Parking Garage.



Old Cabell Hall is about a 10-minute walk from the Central Grounds Parking Garage. Take the elevator to the top floor of the garage. From the top floor of the garage (UVA Bookstore), walk across the brick courtyard and up the outside steps to your right (adjacent to Newcomb Hall.) At the top of the stairs, follow the sidewalk straight ahead, to walk past the Office of Admissions and Monroe Hall to reach McCormick Road. Take a right on McCormick Road, then a quick left onto Amphitheater Way. Pass the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, continuing to the Lawn. Old Cabell Hall will be to your right, at the south end of the Lawn.


UVA, Law School Commemorate University's First Black Student, Gregory Swanson

Posted: February 5, 2018, 12:00am


The University of Virginia and its School of Law honored the legacy of Gregory Swanson on Monday with a ceremony that recognized his significance as the University’s first black student. In 1950, squarely in the era of segregation, Swanson successfully sued UVA for his right to a graduate education. Monday afternoon’s commemoration celebrated Swanson’s courage and perseverance as a student as well as his career contributions. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Eric Williamson)

President Sullivan Announces New Commission on UVA in Age of Segregation

Posted: February 5, 2018, 12:00am


University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan on Monday announced the formation of a new President’s Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation. The commission will “explore and report on UVA’s role in the period of racial segregation that occurred in the 19th and 20th centuries,” Sullivan said in remarks given at UVA’s School of Law. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Jane Kelly)