Diversity at Curry


The Curry School of Education values diversity 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, engaging all individuals in our community.

Research News


Raising Race In the Classroom

Acknowledging differences and highlighting strengths.

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New PhD Program Addresses Complexities of Language Education

With the number of multilingual students in the US on the rise, a new program aims to address their unique educational needs.

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Discipline Gap Between Black and White Students, Common and Damaging

Black students experience more frequent and severe disciplinary actions, compared with their White peers.

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Our Commitment

Though many strides have been made in diversity at the Curry School, 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 and is committed to preparing educators and other professionals who will, through teaching, research and service, contribute to a body of knowledge that will result in improved outcomes for all learners.

To accomplish this goal, the Curry administration, faculty, students and staff will work to:

  • Create a safe space where faculty, students and staff can engage in courageous conversations about cultural issues that are often not addressed openly in organizations and institutions
  • Increase diversity among faculty and students
  • Work with faculty to transform the curriculum so that every student will be exposed to critical aspects of diversity and equity at the national and international levels in their courses, programs and research apprenticeships
  • Encourage and support collaborative research that addresses the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students/clients
  • Develop pipeline programs designed to attract students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds into education and related fields at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Recognize and honor faculty, students and staff who demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity in their teaching, research and/or service
  • Maintain a calendar of special events and activities related to diversity and equity in education
  • Dean Pianta on the Events of August 11, 12


    In the aftermath of the violence, hatred and bigotry that took place at the University of Virginia and in the City of Charlottesville, Curry School Dean Bob Pianta has offered thoughts on the way the Curry School community aims to move forward.

    Charting a Path Forward
    Pianta's Email to the Curry Community
  • The Common Read


    Each year, a book is chosen and the entire Curry School community is invited to read it together: students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Throughout the year, many opportunities exist to discuss the book in a variety of settings.

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  • SEEDS 4 Change


    SEEDS4Change is a student organization committed to challenging unspoken dominant narratives, empowering students to understand their agency and creating sustainable systemic change in the Curry Community.

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  • Diversity Action Committee


    The committee is charged with the coordination and design of diversity-related processes and programs for the school that are consistent with the Curry philosophy on diversity and also integrate principles established by the University.

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  • Walter N. Ridley Lecture


    Walter Ridley was the first African-American to graduate from the University of Virginia, with a doctorate in education from the Curry School. This series has been created to honor his legacy at the University and his contributions to the field of education.

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  • Curry Desegregation Center


    The Curry Desegregation Center was one of 27 national educational centers created to address the desegregation of public schools in 1964.

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