Faculty discussion


sponsored by U.Va. ADVANCE

Commitment to a Caring CommunityTeresa Sullivan

"The University of Virginia is a caring community that aspires to treat every individual with kindness, dignity and respect, regardless of position or status. For U.Va. to become best-in-class as a respectful workplace, we need commitment from everyone working at all levels of the University. As president, I hold myself accountable to the Commitment to a Caring Community, and I expect all leaders at all levels of the University to do the same."

—Teresa A. Sullivan, President


The University of Virginia has a number of programs and initiatives designed to ensure support, dignity and respect for all individuals including underrepresented minority groups. One such program is spearheaded by the President herself, "Respect@UVa," which successfully sets the tone for the entire university.

Below are details about other resources for guidance and support regarding diversity and equity.

Excellence in Diversity Fellowship Program (EDF): This program offers incoming junior faculty one-year Fellowships to help them develop productive long-term careers at the University of Virginia. Originally funded by the Provost and by the Deans of Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the Program now receives permanent support from the University of Virginia.

U.Va. CHARGE: In the Fall of 2012 U.Va. was awarded an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant to increase the number and percentage of women faculty in STEM fields. Find out more about the NSF ADVANCE program at U.Va —U.Va. CHARGE—and their innovative initiatives here.

The Office of the Vice President & Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity (ODE): The ODE assists and monitors all units of the University in their efforts to recruit and retain faculty, staff and students from historically underrepresented groups and to provide affirmative and supportive environments for work and life at the University of Virginia. The ODE provides leadership, information, consultation, coordination, and assistance to the various units and constituencies within the University of Virginia.

The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs: The office of EOP is committed to eliminating discrimination and advancing equal access in all opportunities, programs, and facilities of the University in accordance with applicable federal and state laws, and University policy.

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Guide prepared by the U.Va. CHARGE program to support the recruitment, development, and career success of diverse tenure-track/tenured faculty. Sponsored by the NSF ADVANCE AWARD #1209197.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science  Foundation. 

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