ICC Guiding Principles for DEI Work on Campus

In our effort to enact and support the institution’s shared commitment to values of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), the Institutional Coordinating Council has drafted a guiding list of questions and principles we use to inform our work. The ICC will continue to refine them in the months ahead. These questions and actions are meant to guide our intentional and long-term vision of systemic change at the University of Richmond.

The list below is intended to be used in realizing this systemic change to create a more just, inclusive, and equitable educational environment. How can we work in alignment with our values to best ensure the transformation necessary to realize our vision? How can we address present-day issues in ways that drive us toward our vision of being an anti-racist and inclusive institution in which members of all groups that have been historically restrained, excluded, or oppressed are fully included and feel that they belong? How can we make sure that our DEI work is rigorous, purposeful, and advancing our commitment to equity?

In our work, it is critical to:

  • Notice

    • who is thriving or reaping the benefits

    • whose input has impact and whose doesn't

    • who is at the table and who is not

    • apply the lens of proportional representation to everything and ask "why is it so?"

  • Be clear about our vision and always work toward it

    • take actions that address causes, not just symptoms

    • assess both process and progress toward our vision

    • be prepared to continually discuss, reflect and review the vision over time and change with it as necessary

  • Take charge from where you are

    • know your sphere of influence and use that influence

    • make and take actions relevant to your role

    • foster a culture of full participation, reflection, and inquiry

    • build and encourage a culture of trust and belonging through risk taking in which it's ok to make mistakes

    • cultivate ways to center under-represented perspectives

    • be curious about the effects of power

  • Connect to the bigger picture 

    • know what the bigger picture is within the University, the Richmond community, and beyond

    • follow our commitment to a model of distributive leadership

    • collaborate to reinforce efforts whenever possible

    • cultivate critical thought partners inside and outside the institution

    • know how your local efforts contribute to the institution's vision to create a more just and equitable UR

    • create sustainable structures that promote these values moving forward