HR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

HR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The HR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee was established in May 2020. HR employees had an opportunity to express their interest in the committee through self-nomination which led to a 20-member committee being formed. Current DEI committee chair includes Brian Ford, Senior HR Business Partner. John Kosky, VP & CHRO is the HR DEI Executive Sponsor.

Our Mission: In partnership with UVA's Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), and the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR), the HR DEI Committee promotes awareness of and respect for diversity among UVA staff and faculty; advocates for inclusion and inclusive practices and policies; and ensures equity in human resources programs and processes.

December is International Humanitarian Month

International Humanitarian Month aims to inspire global appreciation for the efforts of the humanitarian community that mobilizes, every day, to meet the unprecedented challenges facing our world. 

Most people on the front lines of humanitarian crises come from affected communities, joined by local and national authorities, civil society organizations, faith-based groups, businesses and many more offering their time and skills to help their neighbors. 

Look for inspiring Listen and Learn sessions this month that discover local humanitarian heroes and the work they do every day.

HR DEI Committee Listen & Learn Session Recordings

The HR DEI Committee sponsors occasional Lunch & Learn sessions for HR staff and now, you too, can view recordings of these sessions and leave with a better understanding of your DEI IQ, hear discussions about diversity, the path to leadership, trials, triumphs, and a broader discussion on gender in America. Additional sessions will be posted as they are recorded and become available.

Celebrating Diversity Black History Month Panel Women's History Month Panel Hispanic Heritage Month


Check back often for a listing of upcoming DEI-related webinars and events at UVA, along with a monthly program of DEI Listen and Learn sessions hosted by the UVA HR DEI Committee.

  • Tuesday, December 6, 9 am - CUPA-HR Virginia Chapter/UVA FOCUS on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    This in-person has been canceled, and may be rescheduled for a later date. Please check back for more information.

  • Tuesday, December 6, 12:30 pm - Intro to DEI: That's the Way of the World

    Diversity, equity, and inclusion. These are words that affect many of our lives but what do they really mean? How are they defined? What can they mean to you? Join us as we provide an introductory overview of these definitions and their potential value to you.


    If you have any questions, please contact Sly Mata.

  • Thursday, December 8, 12:30 pm - Free Your Mind: Introduction to Implicit Bias

    In this session we will seek to understand a particular type of bias commonly referred to as implicit bias. We will engage and consider ways we can become more aware of our own biases (where they come from and how to notice them) and learn specific approaches we can take as individuals to mitigate negative implicit biases we may notice.


    QUESTIONS: For questions, on this session, please contact the Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

  • Monday, December 12, 1:00 pm - HR DEI Listen & Learn with Dr. Maryam Zehtabi

    Dr. Maryam ZehtabiMaryam Zehtabi has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and a graduate certificate in Film Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her recent research has focused on the ramifications of sex work in Iran from the Constitutional Revolution of early twentieth century to the present day through the lens of Persian literature and film. She is particularly interested in women, gender, and sexuality studies and the intersection of religion and feminism. Her current research centers around the issues of child marriage and the #MeToo Movement in Iran. Her works have appeared in The International Journal of Persian Literature, The Guardian, and The Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. She is currently an Assistant Professor, General Faculty teaching Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Virginia.

    Zoom link coming soon!

    QUESTIONS: For questions, on this session, please contact the HR DEI Committee.

  • Thursday, December 15, 9:00 am - HR DEI Listen & Learn with Ivan Sergejev

    Ivan SergejevIvan Sergejev, an Architect, Fulbright Scholar, and Expert on Urban Rejuvenation, will join us for 1 of 3 events focused on building awareness for subjects involving international humanitarian issues.

    Ivan is currently coordinating the development of Estonia’s just transition plan at the Republic of Estonia Ministry of Finance. 

    Previously the head of sustainable construction at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Ivan has gained diverse architectural experience in Estonia, the Netherlands, and the United States, most notably at the world’s leading office for architecture and cultural analysis, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in New York City. Having started his architectural studies at the Estonian Academy of Arts, Ivan received his MArch degree from the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design while on a Fulbright Fellowship in the United States. During our time together, we will learn what justransition stands for, its origins, and why it matters to people around the world.

    Zoom link coming soon!

    QUESTIONS: For questions, on this session, please contact the HR DEI Committee.

  • Thursday, December 15, 12:30 pm - I Felt That, Microaggression and Its Impact

    This presentation will provide participants with:

    • An overview and definition of the concept of microaggressions;
    • Examples of three distinct types of microaggressions and the impact it has on individuals;
    • An approach on how to defend themselves from microaggressions using the R.A.V.E.N. method. This method is useful in confronting microaggressions in different scenarios and situations.


    If you have any questions, please contact Sly Mata.

Throughout my career in human resources in higher education, I remain committed to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion as a fundamental part of our mission and will continue to take deliberate action to ensure DEI principles are at the foundation of how we approach our work. Without clear strategies in DEI, most organizations struggle with making substantial progress on DEI outcomes and create lasting and measurable change. John Kosky, Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer Full position statement


Explore our list of DEI resources. While not a comprehensive list, you will find training opportunities, information on reporting an incident or barrier, filing a complaint, a link to the office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, and a glossary of terms. Interested in an event, conference, lecture or seminar? Search the UVA Events Calendar to learn what is scheduled throughout the year.

  • Education and Training

    If you have experience facilitating DEI-related conversations or educating about related knowledge and skills, take a look at UVA HR’s Education and Training page to complete the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Facilitator/Educator Database informational form and to learn more about their course bundles, programs, team workshops, LinkedIn Learning, and more!

    Education and Training
  • UVA's Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR) Reporting Options

    The University encourages every member of our community to promptly report any instance of abuse or mistreatment, bias, discrimination, harassment, etc. or barriers to access for individuals with disabilities. See below for several online reporting options (please note that these are NetBadge protected):

    UVA EOCR website
  • Inclusive Excellence

    UVA is implementing the strategic Inclusive Excellence (IE) framework to synergize and support our collective diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts. The collaborative IE model for organizational change has been a national movement in postsecondary education since 2005 and calls for higher education to address diversity, inclusion, and equity as critical to achieving excellence.

    Inclusive Excellence website
  • Office for DEI Learning Resources

    The University’s Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion compiled information about a wide range of diversity, equity, inclusion, civil rights, and anti-racism learning resources, recommended by members of the UVA community. While not an exhaustive list, it provides a variety of ways to learn about histories, ideas, strategies, and skills.

    Learning Resources
  • UVA Events Calendar

    The University hosts an array of conferences, symposia, and special events relating to diversity, equity, inclusion, civil rights, and anti-racism. Check the UVA Calendar often to learn about additional opportunities throughout the year.

    UVA Events Calendar
  • Glossary

    Our words can be used to engage, connect, and empower each other. They can also be used to divide us. Because of this, it is important to promote an understanding of commonly used terms for authentic conversations about race and equality.

    See below for definitions of commonly used terms:


    Discrimination against individuals because of their age, often based on stereotypes.


    Actively opposing discrimination based on race by advocating for changes in political, economic, and social life. Today anti-racism is most closely associated with Ibram X. Kendi. His 2019 book, "How to Be an Antiracist," discusses the concepts of racism and his proposals for anti-racist individual actions and systemic changes.


    A sense of feeling secure and supported by a group where one can be their authentic self.


    Showing preference or favor either positively or negatively for a person, group, or community. 


    An acronym for black, indigenous and people of color. 


    The ability to relate and work effectively across cultures. 


    As defined by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.


    Differences that occur among individuals, including but not limited to race, gender, ethnicity, identity, marital status, and age, etc. 


    Fair treatment in access, opportunity, and advancement for all individuals.


    The state of being valued, respected, and supported within a group and having the opportunity to contribute and fully participate.


    A form of racism embedded in laws and regulations that create different outcomes for different racial groups, often leading to discrimination in the criminal justice system, health care, housing, education, etc.


    Verbal or nonverbal behaviors such as snubs or slights, whether intentional or unintentional, that occur in everyday interactions and are targeted to a specific group.


    An advantage, right or immunity enjoyed by some individuals or groups but not by all.


    For a more robust list of terms and additional resources, please visit the following:

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