Diversity at Curry
The Curry 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.
Center for Race and Public Education in the South
At the Curry School, we believe that the study of equity, inclusion and race is an integral part of the study of education. Below are just a few examples of the research centers, labs or projects that are actively researching how to address the needs of a culturally diverse society.
Teachers in the Movement
Youth-Nex Center to Promote Effective Youth Development
The Life of Walter N. Ridley
Building a better future begins with examining the past. An annual lecture series honors the legacy of Walter Ridley, who became the first African-American to graduate from UVA when he earned his doctorate from the Curry School. The Curry Desegregation Center was one of 27 national educational centers created to address the desegregation of public schools in 1964.
The Walter N. Ridley Distinguished Speaker Series
Reflecting on Our Namesakes
The Curry School is deeply committed to the daily work of equity and inclusion. There are lots of ways to get involved: check our calendar for lectures and other events, participate in the Curry Common Read, or join student and faculty organizations like Seeds4Change and the Diversity Action Committee.
Curry Common Read
Diversity Action Committee
In The Media
UVA, CCS Partner to Host Virtual Freedom School
The Curry 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.
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.Read more
'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.Read More
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.Learn More
Equity Center Aims to Create Thriving Partnerships
The UVA Equity Center, with Curry School professor Nancy Deutsch as a director, will foster partnerships between Charlottesville-area community leaders and UVA faculty.Read More
More to the Story
Joseph Williams' research aims to understand why students succeed despite adversity.Read More
At a time when the nation is deeply divided, the Curry School is leading a major initiative to increase racial, religious and ethnic inclusion in classrooms.Read More
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.Read More
Teachers in the Movement
African-American educators advanced the Civil Rights movement in critically important ways that were rarely fully appreciated. Professor Derrick Alridge is changing that.Learn More
Immersion Excursion Fosters Teaching, Learning
A summer camp collaboration between UVA & Charlottesville City Schools helps English learners adjust to life in Charlottesville.Read More