Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

The campus community at UVA Wise is representative of 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 assists students in gaining an understanding of the value of education and the responsibility of citizenship which is critical to their successful acclimation in an ever-changing and complex world.

There are a variety of departments and initiatives at UVA Wise that serve to further promote diversity education.  Read below to learn more and for contact information should you have additional questions.

The Office of Compliance & Inclusion (OCI)

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise 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 of Compliance & 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


The Office of Compliance & Inclusion is located on the upper level of Cantrell Hall.  Contact us at 276.376.3451.  Director of Compliance & Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator can be reached at 276.328.0131 or tabitha.smith@uvawise.edu

Multicultural Center
OCI 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.


Programming & Education
OCI is also committed to providing education and awareness programs and initiatives for the campus community.  OCI coordinates the participation of collaborative partners in many events.  We hope that you will participate in one of our numerous events/campaign that we host every semester.

Disability Support Services

Disability Support Services at UVA Wise works 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.  Our philosophy is that the individuals we serve are students first, and their disabilities are secondary. For more information about Disability Support Services visit the Disability Support Services webpage or contact Whitney Wells, ADA Coordinator, at 276.376.0177.

International Studies

The Office of International Studies at UVA Wise serves as the focal point for the development, supervision, and coordination of all international programs, activities, and services. 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, visit our Office of International Studies website or contact Witold Wolny, Field Director, at 276.328.0287 or internationalprograms@uvawise.edu.


A student organization representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning/queer, and allied students, staff and faculty of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. We promote and advocate for acceptance of and protection for sexual minority students, as well as for gay rights in general. Membership will remain confidential. Contact faculty advisor Angie Harvey at 276.328.0159 for more information.

Safe Zone
Safe Zone

Safe Zone is a group of faculty and staff members at UVA Wise who agree to be emphatic 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 GLBT population. For more information, contact Sara Schill at 276.376.3432.