Inclusive Excellence


Learn more about the Office of Inclusion and Equity

The goal of the Office of Inclusion and Equity is to increase the impact of UA’s inclusive excellence commitment, which leads to wider understanding and, of course, helps ensure success for all our students. The office reports directly to the president.

Now consolidated within the Office of Inclusion and Equity are a vast number of units, programs and events that represent a wide spectrum of diversity. They continue to be offered to directly contribute to matriculation, persistence and graduation from the University, as well as those that bring distinction as Ohio’s Polytechnic University. The office is directed by Lee Gill, UA’s associate vice president for inclusion and equity, and chief diversity officer since 2008.

To learn more about what is now included within the Office of Inclusion and Equity, see The Office of Inclusion & Equity/Chief Diversity Office Fact Sheet.



Office of Inclusion & Equity/Chief Diversity Office
Buchtel Hall 210
Akron, OH  44325-6237

Lee GillOur team

Lee A. Gill, J.D. (inset at right)
Associate Vice President for Inclusion & Equity/ 
Chief Diversity Officer

Sharon K. Girton
Administrative Assistant Senior

The Multicultural Center
Schrank Hall North 58
Akron, OH  44325-6107

Rosa M. Githiora, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Multicultural Programs

Elisha Swanson, M.A.
Associate Director, Multicultural Center

John Alvarez-Turner, M.A.Ed.
Associate Director, Multicultural Center

Phoebe Reid

Pan African Center for Community Studies




2016 Black Male Summit

Black Male Summit logoUA will host the 2016 ninth annual Black Male Summit on April 8-9, 2016.

Since its inception, summit has brought together national thought leaders, educators, and policy makers from around the nation to address the educational and social disparity among our African American Male population. Our goal is to move forward with solutions and not rehash deficit perspectives.

Black Male Summit

Other events:

Rethinking Race

Rethinking Race - February 2016

Returning in February: UA's two-week examination of race issues, with speakers, films, "Face 2 Face" conversations, exhibits and more.

2015 Rethinking Race website


Diversity Calendar

We recognize that by increasing our understanding of diverse cultures, their group experiences, traditions, values, and beliefs, we can enhance our relationships with one another and therefore create culturally responsive environments where everyone feels valued and respected. View the calendar.

University earns HEED Award

 University of Akron earns HEED award from Insight   HEED 2014 
Heed Award 2013 Heed Award 2012

The University has again been recognized for its "outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion" by INSIGHT into Diversity magazine, and is a recipient of its 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award. UA has received the honor annually since 2012, when the HEED award was first established. Please read a spotlight article from the Insight Into Diversity Magazine.  More information.

Title IX at UA

Learn more about Title IX at UA.

Diversity Report

Diversity Report for 2013

Triangle Download the Diversity Report.




UA honored again for commitment to diversity

For a third time, The University of Akron has been recognized by the Commission on Economic Inclusion for its campus-wide progress in creating, enhancing, and sustaining diversity and inclusion strategies. Read more.

Lee A. Gill, J.D., appointed to Akron General Medical Center Board

Lee A. Gill, J.D., advocates for diversity in business in a major Akron Beacon Journal article: Businesses prodded to ‘harness the rainbow of differences’ to shape future leaders

Lee Gill’s diversity achievements recognized nationally

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