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Diversity & Inclusion

The campus community at UVA Wise is representative of — and welcoming to — a variety of cultures and ethnicities.

As a community of learners, we seek to appreciate and respect the diverse cultures and backgrounds, including geographic, socioeconomic, sexual orientation, and religion, of our students, faculty and staff.

A diverse setting helps us all gain an understanding of the value of education and the responsibility of citizenship, which is critical to our success in an ever-changing and complex world. As a student, you will find a variety of departments and initiatives that serve to further promote diversity education.

Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The College is committed to operating with integrity and honor in full compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, as well as College policies.

The Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion serves to:

  • promote campus compliance with applicable laws, regulations and policies
  • keep the campus community informed of compliance information and resources
  • support the coordination of campus compliance activities and a commitment to compliance
  • provide updates to the campus community regarding required guidelines and mandates
  • promote a campus culture of ethical conduct, mutual respect and inclusiveness
  • provide consultation, resources and assistance related to diversity and inclusion

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The Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is located on the lower level of Cantrell Hall. Contact us at 276-376-3451 or

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Multicultural Center

The Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion operates the Multicultural Center, which aims to promote inclusion and engagement for historically underrepresented students. Some of the Center’s goals are to cultivate all to be equally empowered in their identity, provide culturally-relevant services, and build an understand through dialogue.

Please visit the Multicultural Center on the 3rd floor, 24/7 side, of the Library.

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Programming & Education

The Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is also committed to providing education and awareness programs and initiatives for the campus community. The Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion coordinates the participation of collaborative partners in many events, and we hope that you will participate in one of our numerous events/campaigns that we host every semester.


Safe Zone

Safe Zone is a group of faculty and staff members at the College who agree to be empathetic and informed about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender issues on campus.

Faculty and staff who display the Safe Zone logo in their offices and/or on their syllabi welcome conversations with any students who have concerns or questions regarding the LGBTA population.

For more information, contact Sara Schill at 276-376-3432 or

LGBTQIA+ Resources

Our campus is a safe space for LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, campus visitors and their allies. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transitioning, questioning and queer campus community members are welcome and protected under federal legislation in Title IX. Please see the nondiscrimination policy for more information about protected statuses.

Pride Week

UVA Wise’s Pride Week is an institutionally sponsored week long celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community, providing educational events, resource identification and allyship opportunities. Pride Week typically takes place early in the fall semester to ensure that new campus members understand their resources and identify their allies.

National Coming Out Day

UVA Wise supports campus community members through and during the process of coming out, should they choose to share this information with their peers. Counseling services and support are available to students during this process, and promotion of acceptance of all campus community members is encouraged.


UVA Wise has 52 gender neutral, single occupancy restrooms across campus. Additionally, the College has on-campus gender inclusive accommodations for housing.

Disability Support Services

Our philosophy is that the individuals we serve are students first, and their disabilities are secondary.

We work to assist all qualified students with disabilities in the pursuit of their educational objectives. We attempt to coordinate the students’ needs with services and resources available within our college system, and to ensure accessible educational opportunities for students according to their individual needs. For more information, contact Whitney Wells, ADA Coordinator, at 276-376-0177 or

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International Programs

Our goal is to promote better understanding of international issues by disseminating information on international opportunities, promoting courses abroad, providing support to international students on campus and developing an international outlook among students and staff.

For more information, contact the Field Director at 276-328-0287 or

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Tabitha Smith


Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs


Director of Disability Services
Sara Schill


Director of Counseling