Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Welcome to EHD’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion!

Split-V DEI LogoThe School of Education and Human Development’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) was created and launched in August 2020 -- with the appointment of Dr. Robert Q. Berry, III (Samuel Braley Gray Professor of Mathematics Education) as Associate Dean for DEI. Serving on the Dean’s leadership team, Dr. Berry’s mandate is to lead the Office in improving the school’s efforts to address racism and other forms of social injustice, both internally and externally, creating and sustaining an inclusive and equitable school environment, and enhancing school-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion accountability, effectiveness, and collaboration. Dr. Catalina Piatt-Esguerra joined ODEI in January 2021, serving as the inaugural Programs Manager. In Fall 2021, Mary Margaret Hughes, Ph.D. Candidate in Special Education, joined the ODEI Team as the first Graduate DEI Intern. In this role, she supports the work of the Office through logistics planning, promotion and publicity, and student program leadership. Together, the ODEI team work to engage in policy, initiatives, programming, funding opportunities and professional development aligned with the diversity and equity goals of the School.

Land Acknowledgement:

We encourage members of our EHD community and beyond to engage in the practice of land acknowledgement. This is the land acknowledgement we use at the Office of DEI. Want to learn more about the history of the land at the University of Virginia? Check out this resource, Indigenous/UVA Relating webpage, from the University’s Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights.

Our Team

Mary Margaret Hughes (she/her)

Mary Margaret is serving as graduate intern in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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LaRon Scott

LaRon Scott is the associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion and an associate professor of education

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion