Office of Inclusion and Equity
The Office of Inclusion and Equity is a hub for candid, critical conversations that promote an inclusive environment by celebrating differences and engaging and supporting the community.
In honor of Black History Month, the next Diversity Dialogue Series takes place virtually on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 12pm noon.
Navigating Professionalism: A Dialogue on Authenticity and Individual Expression
Join us for a panel discussion that dives into the complexities of maintaining professional standards, understanding the role and importance of authenticity in the workplace, and fostering an environment that embraces differences. We will explore how to create professional environments that respect and celebrate authenticity and why it is worth the work. The discussion will be held on Teams.
The Diversity Dialogue Series is sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Equity and the Office of Human Resources.
Login information for this event will be via Microsoft Teams. To register please contact Natalie Munas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- UA hosts Dr. Kito D. March, Sr. as this year's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture speaker. His lecture, Remaining Focused in Critical Times, is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 13, at noon, in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union Gardner Theatre.
International Women's Day
Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery ReopenedAfter an extensive renovation, the long-awaited reopening of the Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery occurred Friday, September 8, 2023, hosted by The University of Akron’s Office of Inclusion & Equity, The Myers School of Art, and the Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery Board. Read more about the opening.
Land Acknowledgement – The University of Akron
University of Akron Land Acknowledgement
The University of Akron is located on lands that have been home to many diverse nations, including the Ohio Seneca and Cayuga, the Lenni Lenape (Delaware), the Miami, the Shawnee, the Wyandot (Wendat), the Ottawa (Odawa) and the Ojibwe Nations. These lands were ceded in the 1805 Treaty of Fort Industry and the forced removal of tribes through the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The University of Akron pays respect to the land and lives of Indigenous Nations past and present, and is committed to a process of continual learning, reflection and reconciliation.
About the Land Acknowledgement
A land acknowledgement is a statement of respect for Indigenous lands and a recognition of colonial occupation of those lands. It is likewise a reflection of our continuing process of learning about the heritage and contemporary cultures of Indigenous Peoples.
The land acknowledgement was researched and written by staff at the Cummings Center. The original research was reviewed by members of The University of Akron Arts and Culture Council and Portage Path Collaborative.
Diversity Roadmap Strategic Plan released
In a December 2021 memo to campus, President Miller released the Office of Inclusion and Equity Diversity Roadmap Strategic Plan.
Social Justice Task Force releases recommendations
Members of the University’s Social Justice Task Force have released a series of recommendations designed to strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion across campus to ensure a welcoming and affirming environment.
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STATEMENT ABOUT DIVERSITY
The University of Akron affirms the importance and value of diversity within the student body, and among our faculty, staff, administration and governing Board of Trustees. Our university values and respects the humanity of every individual from every background, and we embrace the diversity that defines UA and has so profoundly enriched our community.
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND RESOURCES
See a list of our student organizations that serve students' cultural, religious and other interests.
- Advising: Four-Phase Advising or 4PAS
- Learning Communities
- LGBTQ+ resources and support
- Office of Academic and Retention Support (OARS)
- Office of Multicultural Development
- Orientation: "Advance," the two-day orientation for new multicultural students
- Peer Mentoring Services
- Scholarship opportunities, including the Underrepresented Students Scholarship
- Update your preferred biological information with UA using this form
WHO WE ARE
The goal of the Office of Inclusion and Equity is to increase the impact of UA’s inclusive excellence commitment, leading to wider understanding and greater success for all students.
The office reports directly to the president. Now consolidated within the office are a number of units, programs and events that represent a spectrum of diversity. They continue to be offered to directly contribute to matriculation, persistence and graduation from the University.
Dr. Sandie L. Crawford
Director, Inclusion & Equity
Office of Inclusion & Equity
Office of Accessibility
Office of Multicultural Development
Associate Director, Diverse Male Initiatives
Administrative Assistant, Sr
Inclusion & Equity/Chief Diversity Officer
ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Office of Inclusion & Equity/Chief Diversity
Buchtel Hall 210
Akron, OH 44325-6237