Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. Belonging.

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.

2021-22 Highlights

With our three goals of representation, belonging, and capability guiding us, we furthered our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at the University of Richmond in strategic and significant ways in 2021-22.

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.
Brick entrance to the University of Richmond.

Distributed Leadership

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

Recent Progress Toward Goals


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 responses to student interest, the University of Richmond faculty voted to create a new Africana Studies Program. Africana Studies is an academic concentration that critically examines the African diaspora from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.


The Community Dialogue Facilitation Network (CDFN), now in its second year at UR, develops our campus's collective capability to engage productively in difficult conversations by training UR students, staff, and faculty in the use of equity-minded group facilitation skills.

Featured Stories

CIO is nationally recognized for his efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion

Keith “Mac” McIntosh, vice president for information services, received the 2022 EDUCAUSE DEI Leadership Award.

June 1, 2022
University of Richmond's Civic Engagement Leader Receives Fulbright Award to Study Civic Engagement Model in Finland
Sylvia Gale, executive director of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, has been awarded a highly competitive award to study an innovative civic engagement model in Finland.
January 25, 2022
Brenda Dabney Nichols leads families to the Burying Ground.


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)