The mission of the Office of Diversity Programs is to cultivate a rich and inclusive and supportive learning environment, where the identities, perspectives, and views of all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are affirmed to establish dignity and pride to thrive at the University of Virginia. The Office of Diversity Programs is a subsidiary of the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs (OGPA), where we serve as a resource hub for information to connect students, staff, and faculty to opportunities in the following areas:

  • Recruitment and Retention: We aim to expand and diversify our community of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Therefore, we have strategically cultivated institutional partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and participate in national conferences all aimed to promote graduate education. In addition, we sponsor undergraduate research experiences for members from underrepresented and underserved communities each year. 
  • Developmental Training Experiences: Throughout the academic year we provide developmental training experiences to students that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), personal development, and career preparation. We sponsor the Mentoring Institute, a flagship initiative where students receive faculty advocates that support positive transitions into graduate studies and support for successful matriculation throughout their graduate program.  Additionally, we offer weekly advising sessions to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to provide academic support to students for enrichment purposes.  We discuss varied topics such as graduate school preparation, budgeting, cultivating healthy relationships with advisors, and career exploration. Furthermore, we also have a strong partnership with the University’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) center.
  • Community Engagement and Outreach: We sponsor programs, events, resources, and student affinity groups aimed to affirm a sense of belonging, community, and collaboration among graduate students and postdoctoral scholars within the UVA community.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact our staff:

Jasmine D. Crenshaw, Ph.D.
Director of Diversity Programs
Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs
New Cabell Hall, Rm. 559A
(434) 297-6918
Book an appointment: http://bit.ly/talkto2crenshaw

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