University of Vermont & Diversity

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Read our Employer Profile Establishing a culture of inclusive excellence is a priority at the University of Vermont. In fact, UVM holds that diversity and academic excellence are inseparable. A distinguished university, particularly one that is a public land grant, must be accessible and inclusive to all who can positively contribute to and excel at the institution, regardless of individuals’ backgrounds and circumstances.

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Our mission as a public research university is to educate students and to create and disseminate knowledge. We also have the responsibility to prepare our students to be leaders, change agents, and global citizens. To support this charge, the University of Vermont’s Inclusive Excellence Framework for Building a More Diverse, Inclusive, and Multiculturally Competent Campus is built on the following areas of institutional diversity efforts:

Pillar 1: Academics

Central to the mission and strategic goals of the University of Vermont is excellence in the academic experience to help prepare members of our community to be globally responsible and engaged citizens, advance knowledge, and build critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Pillar 2: Community

The University of Vermont aspires to be a community that affirms and demonstrates the value of the diverse identities and backgrounds of its members, promotes multicultural competence, and builds positive and productive connections throughout the community.

Pillar 3: Environment

The University of Vermont strives to create physical, virtual, and educational living, learning and work environments that are inclusive and accessible to all in our community.

Pillar 4: Operations

Inclusive business operations and organizational processes (e.g., policy development, fiscal and capital planning, human resource functions, and organizational practices and procedures) are critical to the daily functioning and long-term health of the University of Vermont.

Within the academic pillar, UVM actively works with partners across and beyond the University of Vermont to support faculty and their engagement in inclusive excellence and to support diversity and inclusive excellence in the curricula, pedagogy, and research.

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Our Common Ground 

Throughout our history, the University of Vermont has demonstrated a strong commitment to fairness and equality. Founded in 1791, UVM was the first institution of higher education to declare public support for freedom of religion and the first university to admit women and African Americans into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. 

Today, we aspire to be a community that values respect, integrity, innovation, openness, justice, and responsibility. These are Our Common Ground values, and they serve as the foundation for all that we do, including striving toward inclusive excellence.

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Awards and Recognitions

  • Winner of a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for three consecutive years (2014, 2015, 2016), a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. 
  • A Campus Pride top 30 LGBTQ-Friendly campus 
  • The Interfaith Center was awarded a 2017-2018 “Healing the Heart of Democracy” grant by the Interfaith Youth Core and the Fetzer Institute for its Interfaith Engagement Series aimed at building community and conversation among individuals of different identities and perspectives, as well as equipping and empowering students to live out their core religious and philosophical values to create a more just, sustainable society.

Initiatives, Services, Programs and Centers

The Division of Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs has responsibility for bringing attention to the human and social needs of the institution. The integration of diversity and equity and human resource functions allows us to strategically advance purpose-driven initiatives and services, including:

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Multicultural Events

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