Programs and Events

At EHD, we have a wide array of annual DEI-focused programming and events. From our long-running Common Read and Walter N. Ridley Distinguished Annual Lecture to our DEI Collective Learning Series and  Common Read Kick-Off and Beyond the Common Read programming, we have many opportunities to connect, learn, and engage in collaborative learning and community-building around DEI topics and themes. If you have any questions about programs or events, please email!

DEI-focused programming and events:

    Each month the School of Education and Human Development's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) will engage faculty, staff, and students in programming focused on topics of DEI. Collective learning experiences offer benefits to participants such as deeper contextualization of concepts, identity development, and relationship building. Collective learning experiences around issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, offer opportunities for participants to process, understand, and evolve in a safe environment to cultivate a personal and professional climate of access and belonging.ODEI offers curated curriculum for you to read (week 1), watch/listen to (week 2), prompts upon which to reflect on the read and watch/listen materials (week 3), and engage as a community (week 4). The DEI Collective Learning Series is intentionally framed in this way to allow participants to build a shared understanding of topics and concepts (read and watch/listen) before engaging.  Curricula for the month are available on the 1st. Here's what is coming up:
    • Summer: Black Women and Black Feminism | Zoom presentation by Seanna Leath, Ph.D. 11am with lunch to follow at 12:30 pm. Resiger for the presentation and RSVP for lunch here
    • September: The Power of Multilingualism | Hybrid engage session 9/27 at 2pm
    • October: Cultural Appropriation vs. Appreciation | Hybrid engage session 10/25 at 2pm
    • November: Affordable Housing in Charlottesville | Hybrid engage session 11/29 at 2pm


    Each year, the DAC, in consultation with School of Education and Human Development community members, chooses a book to serve as the Common Read. The Common Read is a signature, School of Education and Human Development-wide event that provides opportunities for discussion, introduced through an annual Fall Common Read Kick-Off event, Common Read overview for all new and returning students at fall orientation, a brief discussion at the annual faculty retreat, and on-going workshops presented over the fall semester that are open to faculty, staff, and students. This year's Common Read is Life Isn't Binary: On Being Both, Beyond, and In-Between, by Meg-John Barker and Alex Iantaffi. 
    • Common Read Kick-Off September 8, 2022 @3pm, Holloway Hall. Register here.
    • New this year: Book Group Microgrants. More information to come. 
    • Access the Common Read through UVA Library ProQuest Ebook Central or come by Bavaro 118 for a copy


  • BEYOND THE COMMON READBeyond the Common Read is a suite of annual programs, designed and co-sponsored by the Office of DEI and Out and Allied Educators, that complement the themes of this year’s Common Read. These programs are a way for our community, in EHD and Grounds widely, to learn more and engage the topics and issues brought up each year’s Common Read. 
    • Teaching Outside the Binary with Mx. Ace Schwarz, GLSEN's 2019 Teacher of the Year | Virtual presentation 10/4 at 4:30pm 
    • Everyday Trauma-Informed Approaches | Hybrid presentation 10/19 at 12pm
    • Gender, Sexuality, and Mental Health with Dr. Alex Iantaffi | Spring date TBD


    Walter Ridley was the first African American to graduate from the University of Virginia, with a doctorate in education from the School of Education and Human Development. This annual lecture has been created to honor his legacy at the University and his contributions to the field of education. Our 2023 speaker will be announced soon!


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