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.

We are deeply engaged in the work of identifying inequities in the experiences and outcomes of students, faculty, and staff in order to address them systematically and ensure all members of our community can fully participate, belong, and thrive.

Ronald A. Crutcher


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.

Assessing Campus Climate

During the 2020-21 academic year, faculty, staff and students will be invited to participate in a set of surveys meant to meaningfully assess the University's campus climate around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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.

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.

Featured Stories

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.

October 22, 2020
Student-driven equity summit takes on justice and inclusion

Student leaders worked with faculty and staff to spark difficult conversations in a virtual event. 

In the Media

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

Patrice Rankine, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences