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.

  • Research


    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. 

    Center for Race and Public Education in the South
    Teachers in the Movement
    Youth-Nex Center to Promote Effective Youth Development
  • History


    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
  • Community


    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. 

    Upcoming Events
    Curry Common Read
    Diversity Action Committee
    Seeds4Change

In The Media


  • Understanding the Benefits of School Diversity

    As the U.S. moves toward a “diverse-majority” society, Joanna Williams reviews the education research and shares what schools and communities can do to promote equity.

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  • Exercising the Hope Muscle: Beverly D. Tatum

    Beverly D. Tatum, a psychologist, educator and expert on race relations, visited Grounds on April 10th to deliver this year’s Walter Ridley Lecture.

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  • Local Teachers Talk Civil Rights & Social Justice

    The Curry School’s Teachers in the Movement project hosted a five-day summer institute for educators interested in oral history, the Civil Rights era and social justice.

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  • New Approaches to Close the Discipline Gap

    In a special issue of the School Psychology Review, Curry School researchers lead the call for culturally responsive teaching and student engagement models.

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  • 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.

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