Progress Continues on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives – UVA Today


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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.
Some of the most notable achievements to date include:

We can do this. Keep going, UVA.

“These steps are encouraging, and I believe they will provide both immediate and long-term benefits for the University,” McDonald said. “I am looking forward to working with President Ryan and many others across the University community to sustain this progress.”
McDonald and his colleagues are creating a website, which will launch this month, that will track progress against the University’s goals.
“The progress we have made toward improving equity and opportunity at UVA is heartening, even as we recognize we have more to do,” Ryan said. “I am grateful to all those across the University who have brought these initiatives to life. Our community will benefit from this work for generations to come.”

Caroline Newman

February 23, 2021


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