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.

The School of Education and Human Development is deeply committed to the daily work of equity and inclusion. There are lots of ways to get involved in this work. Check out our Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion’s leadership, learn about our student engagement, and explore our many programs and events, such as our annual Common Read and DEI Collective Learning Series!

  • History

    Building a better future begins with examining the past. Our annual lectures series honors the legacy of Walter Ridley, who became the first African-American to graduate from UVA when he earned his doctorate in 1953 from the School of Education and Human Development. Our student-led conference, the Hunter Student Research Conference, is named after Dr. Louise Stokes Hunter -- the first Black woman to graduate from the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development, in the same year. Both were trailblazers and represent the best of our school’s legacy.

    The Life of Walter N. Ridley
    The Life of Louise Stokes Hunter
    Reflecting on Our Namesakes
  • Student Engagement

    Our EHD students have distinguished themselves by being involved in work at the nexus of diversity, equity, and inclusion advocacy and education. Our student-started and student-led groups and committees uniquely contribute to the cadence of life in our School by fostering a more justice-minded learning and communal environment. Learn more about their histories, their programming, and their members.

    Hunter Student Research Conference
    Black Scholars Writing Group
    EHD Student Advisory Board
    Out and Allied Educators
    Critical Whiteness Study Group
  • Service

    Our Diversity Action Committee (DAC) has served as a bedrock for our diversity efforts. Composed of faculty, staff, and students, DAC works closely with the Faculty Council and the School of Education and Human Development's Office of DEI to enact the school’s equity-minded mission. The DAC promotes programming related to the Common Read, executes our annual Teaching Workshop, reviews DEI Small Grants (administered through the Office of DEI), and serves as a space for thought to a cultivation of school culture and atmosphere where all faculty, staff, and students can reach their full potential. Learn more about DAC’s history and members.

  • Research

    At the School of Education and Human Development, 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