Equity

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.

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.
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.

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.

Recent Progress Toward Goals

Representation

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.

Belonging

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.

Capability

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

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.
November 16, 2020
University News
Burial ground recognized on UR campus with planned memorial

Temporary signage has been placed as the University plans to acknowledge the sacred space with a permanent memorial.

In the Media

Time for Anti-Racism: A Way Forward for America and Higher Education

Patrice Rankine, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences