University of Virginia – 2013 50 Out Front for Diversity Leadership


University of Virginia #44

Charlottesville, VA
About 12,000 employees
President: Teresa Sullivan
CDE: Marcus Martin

Diversity Mission: 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.

The university’s Office for Diversity and Equity (ODE) 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. The office also reaches beyond the university to establish beneficial relationships with individual and institutional partners who share mutual goals and interests.