HR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

HR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The HR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee was established in May 2020, and in partnership with UVA's Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR), 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. Current DEI committee chairs are Brian Ford and Kimberlyn McDonald, Senior HR Business Partners. John Kosky, VP & CHRO is the HR DEI Executive Sponsor.


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.

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.

DEI Listen & Learn Sessions:

Women in Sports: The Unfair Advantage, Bonnie Hagerman (Additional reading below)

The concept of "just transition" in Estonia, Ivan Sergejev, Architect

The Iran Revolution, Dr. Maryam Zehtabi

Celebrating Diversity

Black History Month Panel

Women's History Month Panel

Hispanic Heritage Month

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
  • Connecting to Our Community

    Discover Black Cville website - Discover Black culture right here in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Black residents are an integral part of what makes the region a wonderful place to live, visit and explore.

  • 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:

Zoom Backgrounds

Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by downloading a Zoom background and using it during your meetings! Right-click on each link to 'Save As' as an image to your laptop or device

Andes Mountain Landscape

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Faces of Various Skin Colors

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Multi-Color Hands Reaching Up

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Stripes of Various Skin Colors

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UVA Trumpeter John D-Earth

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