Our Commitment

Over the past two decades, the University of Richmond has strengthened and accelerated its ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, first as pillars of two strategic plans and now in its stated University values. In 2019, our campus community identified and adopted the interlocking goals of representation, belonging, and capability as the focus of our shared work to become a thriving, inclusive, anti-racist institution. We also began implementing distributed leadership to further these goals and demonstrate institutional accountability for our progress. The President, senior leadership team, academic deans, Institutional Coordinating Council (ICC), and engaged students, staff, and faculty across campus work together to advance our vision to become a skilled intercultural and anti-racist community where each person can belong and thrive.
We have hard work ahead to ensure that our culture, policies, and practices fully reflect our vision. We must do more and we must do better together.

Our Work

Equity & Community, which brings together the Office for Institutional Equity & Inclusion and the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, is one part of a much larger matrix supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work at the University of Richmond.

Our colleagues in the Student Center for Equity & Inclusion create a welcoming environment that supports the academic and personal development of a diverse community of students, and units across campus - from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to Richmond Athletics to the Faculty Hub - are providing critical support for our community and advancing DEI in varying ways.

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, 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.