Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


The School of Education and Human Development values diversity, equity and inclusion in all of its complexity and richness. We engage our students with multiple perspectives to prepare them to be active agents of change in a complex global society. We intentionally seek opportunities to expand diversity at our school through recruitment, retention, teaching, research and service. Our goal is the development of a community that promotes and values diversity and equity.

“We must rededicate ourselves – as educators and as citizens – to the work of inclusion and equity, and to improving civic education. To unflinchingly examining and owning a history that can neither be erased or replaced while also claiming a better, improved future.”

– Dean Pianta

Though many strides have been made, there is much more work to be done. Our quest is to create and sustain a learning community that purposefully and strategically acknowledges and values diversity, equity and inclusion — and is committed to preparing educators and other professionals who will, through teaching, research and service, contribute to a body of knowledge that will improve outcomes for all learners.

In The Media


  • Robert Berry Named Associate Dean

    Robert Q. Berry, III, the Samuel Braley Gray Professor of Mathematics Education, has been appointed the associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion at the School.

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  • UVA, CCS Partner to Host Virtual Freedom School

    The School's Center for Race and Public Education in the South and the Charlottesville City School System have partnered to open Virginia's next Freedom School.

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  • UVA Renames Building in Honor of Walter Ridley

    The Board of Visitors’ unanimous vote came after a University committee recommended renaming Ruffner Hall, the longtime home of UVA’s education school.

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  • 'The Hate U Give’ Offers Lessons in Stereotypes

    Valerie Adams-Bass, who researches negative media stereotypes of Black youth, discusses how “The Hate U Give” provides a unique teaching opportunity for students.

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  • Exercising the Hope Muscle: Beverly D. Tatum

    Beverly D. Tatum, a psychologist, educator and expert on race relations, visited Grounds to deliver the Walter Ridley Lecture.

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  • Equity Center Aims to Create Thriving Partnerships

    The UVA Equity Center, with professor Nancy Deutsch as a director, will foster partnerships between Charlottesville-area community leaders and UVA faculty.

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  • More to the Story

    Joseph Williams' research aims to understand why students succeed despite adversity.

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  • The Power of Place

    Students in Associate Professor Patrice Grimes's class spend a Saturday at James Madison’s home, talking about how to teach the legacies of freedom and slavery.

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