Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) assists all units of the College in the efforts to provide affirmative and encouraging environments for work and life at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. ODEI aspires to help create and sustain an institutional wide culture which understands that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are essential to the College’s mission and continued Inclusive Excellence efforts. ODEI’s purpose is the ongoing enhancement of a campus environment where all individuals feel welcomed, valued, and supported for success.

ODEI provides leadership, information, consultation, coordination, assistance and implementation of compliance needs to various units and constituencies within the College regarding:

  • The effort to embrace diversity and equity as pillars of Inclusive Excellence;
  • The fair and objective response/referrals to concerns around sexual/gender violence, biases, and disrespect;
  • To synergize actions of DEI at all levels of the institution;
  • Cultivate inclusiveness and mutual respect throughout the community;
  • Prevention and Education including but not limited to VAWA, Clery, Safety, DEI and protected statuses.

Inclusive Excellence

ODEI has captured community-informed goals around diversity, equity and inclusion in the College’s first-ever Inclusive Excellence Plan. A cross-campus task force laid out the plan, which identifies the actions necessary for and the outcomes of several 2030 goals including: prioritizing affordable access to an excellent, inclusive, and comprehensive college experience; valuing the unique contributions of all members of the UVA Wise community as representatives of diverse populations and rich cultural heritages; encouraging all members of the college community to seek understanding beyond the boundaries of their current knowledge; committing to intentional listening that opens minds to new perspectives; and endeavoring, through teaching and scholarship, to deepen community members’ understanding of the unique characteristics of our region to apply and share that knowledge broadly.

Learn More About the Inclusive Excellence Plan at UVA Wise

Title IX

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the gender of students and employees of educational institutions.

Discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. 

Learn More About Title IX at UVA Wise

Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)) is the landmark federal law that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.

UVA Wise adheres to the requirements of the Clery Act, including:

  • Publishing an Annual Security & Fire Safety Report
  • Maintaining a public crime log
  • Disclosing crime statistics for incidents that occur on campus
  • Issuing timely warnings about Clery Act crimes
  • Devising and using an emergency response system
  • Training Campus Security Authorities
  • Partnering with the Red Flag Campaign, a public awareness campaign to address dating violence, and Take Back the Night, a campaign to end all forms of sexual violence
  • Creating and supporting a Clery Compliance Team

Campus Resources

Additional Information

Diversity and Inclusion

UVA Wise is a welcoming, safe, and supportive environment for students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds and walks of life. 

Learn More About Diversity and Inclusion at UVA Wise

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

The Drug-Free Schools and Community Act (DFSCA) of 1989 (Public Law 101-226, 20 U.S.C. § 1011) requires institutions of higher education receiving Federal funding to certify to the Secretary of Education they have developed and implemented a drug and alcohol abuse education and prevention program (DAAPP) to prevent the unlawful possession, use, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol by all employees and students as part of any of its activities or on school properties.

To learn more about how we comply with DFSCA, contact our office at 276-376-3451.

Additional Resources

Youth Protection

The College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for minors participating in College-sponsored programs and activities on College property and in College facilities or under the authority of the College at other locations. To safeguard these individuals and provide for their well-being and comply with applicable laws, the College has established minimum requirements for those who work with or interact with individuals under the age of 18.

The brand new, fully-revised Youth Protection Training is now available. Covered Program Staff are required to complete training, though anyone with the College affiliation may request access to the training by emailing youthprotection@virginia.edu and tabitha.smith@uvawise.edu.

Youth Protection Policy

Reporting Student Concerns

Mental Health
Treatment to any student for a variety of issues that may interfere with learning and personal development including crisis or distressed situations.

  • Sara Schill, LPC, Lead Counselor - 276-376-1005

If unavailable then:

  • Makaylah Hale, M.ED., Counselor - 276-376-1005
  • Tabitha Smith, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion / Title IX Coordinator- 276-328-0131

Threat Assessment and Care
Any individual whose behavior may potentially pose a threat to self, others, or the campus community.

  • Narda Porter, 276-328-0117
  • Tabitha Smith, 276-328-0131

Other contacts include: Beau Boggs, Robbie Chulick, Teena Fast, Makaylah Hale, Nicole, Honeysett, Stephanie Perry, Sara Schill, Whitney Wells

Sexual Violence / Bias
Any reports of sexual violence/harassment, gender, race, national origin or other protected status bias

  • Tabitha Smith, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion / Title IX Coordinator - 276-328-0131

If unavailable then:

  • Molly Land, Title IX Investigator - 276-376-3451
  • Narda Porter, Title IX Investigator - 276-328-0117
  • Kendall Rainey, Deputy Title IX Coordinator - 276-376-4584
  • Beau Boggs, Chief of Police - 276-328-0190

For general concerns not listed please contact Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Gail Zimmerman.

UVA Wise campus police are available 24/7, located on the lower level of Cantrell Hall or by phone 276-328-0190 or 276-328-COPS. After hours 276-328-3756, 911 for emergencies

Tabitha Smith


Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Molly Land


Associate Director for Compliance and Inclusion
Karina Ruffino


Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives