Our Committment

Members of the University of Richmond community embrace the dignity, worth, and contributions of all individuals. We recognize that our diversity is among our greatest strengths, serving as a foundation for academic excellence that enriches our University community. Our shared values of student growth, the pursuit of knowledge, educational opportunity, diversity, equity, and inclusivity 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 viewpoints and perspectives; and to fostering a diverse learning community in which all members reach their full potential. We acknowledge that all of us — faculty, staff, students, and University leadership — share responsibility for upholding, implementing, and embodying these values. And we commit to the pursuit of a vibrant, inclusive intercultural community that prepares students to lead “lives of purpose.” 

Issued on June 30, 2019, Making Excellence Inclusive Report 

Our Work

Building on work that shaped our strategic plan which includes a “Thriving and Inclusive University Community” as one of its five pillars, our President Ronald A. Crutcher charged three committees in the fall of 2019 with considering how we could advance our commitment to ensuring a thriving, inclusive university community by examining the University’s past, present, and future: the Presidential Commission for University History and Identity (Commission); the Interim Coordinating Council for Thriving, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (ICC); and the President’s Advisory Committee for Making Excellence Inclusive (PAC). Each was given a specific responsibility and focus, with the goal of producing recommendations by the end of the spring semester. Their findings and recommendations were shared in a Making Excellence Inclusive report in June 2019, and we have been pursuing its robust agenda.

Theory of Change

Too often, DEI work is positioned as a problem to quickly solve and the words themselves – diversity, equity, inclusion – are disconnected from the aim of addressing historical inequities still felt by marginalized and underrepresented people. At UR, we acknowledge this tension, balancing the urgent need to address the lived experiences of students, staff, and faculty, and community members with the understanding that changing practices, policies, and structures is ongoing, messy, and sometimes slow work. Culture change takes time. 

At UR, our Distributed Leadership model aims to both support short-term, meaningful actions and long-term planning and alignment and to engage each member of our campus community in our work to become an inclusive, thriving intercultural community.