Diversity. Equity. Inclusion.

In order to fulfill our mission to “educate students for lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a diverse world,” we must work together to make Richmond a welcoming place for people from all backgrounds, identities, viewpoints, and experiences.

Our commitment is unwavering. Our goals are clear. Our challenges are many. Our work is ongoing.

Report a Bias Incident

Discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, disability, status as a veteran or any classification protected by local, state or federal law is prohibited and will not be tolerated at the University of Richmond.
MLK Celebration

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations were thoughtfully stewarded by the Office of Common Ground for many years, and before that by the Office of the Chaplaincy. Beginning in January 2022, the University’s celebration of Dr. King’s legacy will be led by the Equity & Community unit. This year’s events will span two weeks at the start of the spring semester, and the theme is “We cannot walk alone.”
Brick entrance to the University of Richmond.

Distributed Leadership

At Richmond, we are advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through a collaborative, shared leadership approach we refer to as distributed leadership. Put simply, responsibility for attending to DEI work at UR does not fall to a single person. It takes all of us, working together intentionally and urgently.

The University of Richmond's first annual student-organized Equity Summit took place in Fall 2020. The organizers prepared a report to share insights from the event and feedback for campus administrators, faculty, staff, and students.

Recent Progress Toward Goals


Starting in fall 2021, UR will meet the full demonstrated financial need of students with grant aid, not loans, if they enter UR directly from Richmond Public Schools, CODE RVA Regional High School, and the Maggie Walker School. Learn more.


In 2020, we opened a pilot Multicultural Space on campus, among our efforts to ensure that everyone at UR feels a sense of belonging. Learn more.


From workshops for our senior leaders to student-led dialogues on race, we're working towards becoming a skilled intercultural community. Join the conversation through the Interpoint or Intersections dialogue series.

Featured Stories

November 29, 2021
Recruiting Next Generation Leaders

UR’s first director of admission for diversity outreach and partnerships Michael Pina builds new connections.

October 5, 2021
Spotlight on Andrea Simpson
Dr. Andrea Simpson is the inaugural associate dean of thriving, inclusivity, diversity, and equity (TIDE) for the School of Arts & Sciences. This is the first spotlight in a new series from the Institutional Equity and Inclusion Office that highlights faculty and staff whose roles advance our shared goals of representation, belonging, and capability.
December 22, 2020
Max Wallach, '22
As a member of Hillel, the ICC, and the President's Student Cabinent, Max Wallach promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion at UR.

In the Media

Richmond Times-Dispatch

COVID-19 exposes U.S.’ dire need for more working-class politicians on future ballots

Dr. Crystal Hoyt, Professor of Leadership Studies and Psychology



How to begin building a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in your research group

Dr. Omar Quintero-Carmona, Associate Professor of Biology (Quoted)
Richmond Free Press

Poet Claudia Rankine talks about CRT and microaggressions at UR forum

Rev. Dr. Craig Kocher, University Chaplain (Quoted)