Office of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity


New name for the Black Male Summit

The original premise of the Black Male Summit was to facilitate a stakeholder dialogue on the general well-being of Black men in institutions of higher learning. The annual Summit is held to discuss and share innovative strategies with the primary aim of enhancing educational, career, business and networking opportunities for Black male students, faculty and staff on colleges campuses.  

Though the original intent was to focus solely on Black young men, the demography of the participants has always remained diverse. Summit participants have shared a latent recognition that members of minority populations are faced with challenges similar to those historically considered to be specific to Black males. Available statistics indicate an aggregate trend when it comes to educational successes and career opportunities for Black, Latino/Hispanic and other minority males. The story is not different in other areas, including health disparities and incarceration rates. Blacks and other minority populations have what may be described as intertwining life experiences. Therefore, it has become imperative to adopt a strategy that effectively embraces inclusivity, particularly with regard to programs and activities that seek to address the challenges of the minority male population in general.

The Black Male Summit seeks to broaden its scope so that minorities, other than Blacks, would consider themselves not as external observers, but rather as active participants during the annual event. As a result, the title of the event has been changed to reflect the diversity of the target participants. We look forward to 2022 and the inaugural "Black, Brown and Beyond Male Summit" tentatively scheduled for April 8-9, 2022.

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. See the document.

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.

Video: Northeast Ohio Online Vigil Against Anti-Asian Violence

The Northeast Ohio Online Vigil Against Anti-Asian Violence on March 19, 2021, was supported by The University of Akron , Asian Services in Action, the Akron NAACP, the Akron Civil Rights Commission, the United Way of Summit & Medina and many others. #StopAsianHate

Major activities


Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • Kemp A. Boyd, executive director of Love Akron - Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, noon in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union, Gardner Theatre. RSVP to


Black History Month

Rethinking Race

Vagina Monologues


Women's History Month

International Women's Day


Black, Brown and Beyond Male Summit


Pride Month


Diversity Week

UA student who represents the diversity and equity we all support at the University of Akron.

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.

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See a list of our student organizations that serve students' cultural, religious and other interests. 

Students: Learn about the Inclusive Excellence Action Team and how to participate.

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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.

Wrice named vice president of inclusion and equity and chief diversity officer

Dr. Sheldon Wrice Dr. Sheldon Wrice has been named vice president for inclusion and equity and chief diversity officer. In this role, Wrice will supervise the Office of Inclusion and Equity, Office of Multicultural Development, Multicultural Center and the Women's and Gender Resource Center. The Office of Accessibility has dual reporting lines to Student Affairs and the Office of Inclusion and Equity.


Office leaders

Dr. Sandie L. Crawford
Director, Inclusion & Equity
Office of Inclusion & Equity

Jessica DeFago
Office of Accessibility

Autumn Frampton
Office of Multicultural Development

Terry Vance
Associate Director, Diverse Male Initiatives

Natalie Munas
Administrative Assistant, Sr
Inclusion & Equity/Chief Diversity Officer


See the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Council roster.


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