Over the past two decades, the University of Richmond has strengthened and accelerated its ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB), first as pillars of strategic plans and now in its mission, values, and vision. Our distributed leadership model furthers our work and demonstrates institutional accountability for our progress.

Institutional Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

In support of our mission, values, and ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and in support of the 2023 Plan for Richmond, we attest that:

Members of the University of Richmond community embrace the dignity, worth, and well-being of all individuals. We recognize that our diversity is among our greatest strengths, serving as a foundation for academic and workplace excellence that enriches our entire University community and is an essential feature of our mission to prepare students to lead "lives of purpose…in a diverse world."

Our shared values of student growth, the pursuit of knowledge, educational opportunity, diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging, and ethical engagement reflect our commitment to making Richmond’s transformative education accessible to students from all backgrounds; to promoting thoughtful, intellectually rigorous, and respectful engagement with a wide range of backgrounds, viewpoints, and perspectives; and to fostering a diverse learning community and workplace in which all Spiders feel as though they belong in our web and can fully and authentically participate in University life.

We acknowledge that all of us — students, staff, and faculty — share responsibility for upholding, implementing, and embodying these values.