The Office of Diversity Programs connects graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with employment, leadership, volunteer, and career opportunities.

Administrative Opportunities

UVA MOCHA (Men of Color, Honor, and Ambition) and WOCHA (Women of Color, Honor, and Ambition) Student Leadership Development Initiative 

The UVA Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI) is seeking graduate student mentors for the undergraduate cohort of the MOCHA (Men of Color, Honor, and Ambition) and WOCHA (Women of Color, Honor, and Ambition) student leadership development initiative that will be launched this academic year. Graduate student mentors will receive $250.00 a semester for meeting cohort members at least twice a semester.  Meeting sessions can be held either via zoom or in-person.  Please contact, Joshua Epps at [email protected] to sign-up to serve as a graduate mentor and to receive more information about MOCHA and WOCHA student leadership development initiative.

WahooWell Graduate Assistant (Student Assistant)

WahooWell in the Office of Health Promotion, Department of Student Health and Wellness, is a resource designed to provide health and well-being support for all students at the University of Virginia. The mission of WahooWell is to engage students in opportunities to explore their personal well-being, build personal empowerment and motivation, and access internal and external resources to enhance their overall well-being. WahooWell facilitators approach conversations about well-being with a focus on strengths, positivity, and equity.  WahooWell currently has a thriving one-on-one health and well-being coaching program addressing holistic well-being and focusing on topics that are meaningful to the college experience such as sleep, stress, social health, and substance use. Our one-on-one program provides preventative care and early intervention for college student health and well-being. We are expanding to provide well-being groups, online resources, and a variety of well-being supports beyond our one-on-one program.

The WahooWell graduate assistantship provides training and experience in developing initiatives and curriculum, facilitating well-being conversations with students both one-on-one and in groups, and conducting research. The WahooWell Graduate Assistant will work with senior WahooWell staff to design and implement new well-being initiatives, assist in groups, and work towards coaching a personal caseload of students. This position begins at the beginning of the Fall 2022 term. 

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Work with professional staff to design well-being initiatives 
  • Investigate innovative well-being programming
  • Collaborate across Grounds and elicit feedback from referral partners and students
  • After a period of training, lead one-on-one WahooWell sessions
  • Assist in design, coordination, and implementation of WahooWell group sessions including co-leading sessions
  • Assist in the development and implementation of quantitative and qualitative assessment of groups programming
  • Participate in regular meetings with professional and student staff
  • Coordinate and curate online and printed well-being resources for students such as our current Well-being Guides and Well-being Workbook

To Apply:  Student Opportunities - Workday (

Inclusive Excellence Fellow (Graduate Student Position, Grant writing Focus)

This position is Inclusive Excellence Fellow (grant-writing focus) in the Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Duties will include:

  • Assist with literature review for grant proposals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including but not limited to STEM-focused initiatives.
  • Research and illustrate available data as required by funding agencies.
  • Compose and revise sections of the proposals, possibly including project descriptions, logic models, evaluation plans, and budget justifications.
  • Track progress on grant proposal components and maintain schedule to complete tasks before the internal deadline.
  • Communicate with UVA colleagues to request information needed to complete the proposals.

​Salary: $14/hour

For more information about this position, please visit to apply for this position online via Handshake.

Volunteer Opportunities

UVA Postdoctoral Association - Diversity and Outreach Committee

Dear Fellow UVA Postdocs,

The UVA Postdoc Association is creating a plan to actively support the Black Lives Matter movement and other marginalized or oppressed communities in the Greater Charlottesville Area (GCA). As scientists and educators, we feel there is a responsibility for us to re-educate ourselves on issues of racism and suppression, particularly in our community and areas of study. We also believe we have a valuable opportunity to serve our community by organizing scientific outreach and education activities. These will ideally be open to people from all walks of life, but in the current era there must also be an explicit focus to uplift marginalized communities. Therefore, the UVA Postdoc Association is forming a Diversity and Community Outreach Committee.

We are seeking fellow postdocs that want to join us and take a leadership role in shaping the direction and goals of this committee. This will include organizing activities and developing resources to enhance our presence in the GCA and empower other postdocs to be a positive force. For more information about our work please visit . Please let us know if you are interested in joining us contacting [email protected]. We are organizing an orientation meeting for those interested.


Megan Sayyad, Megan Evans, Billy Nash & Pim Oome


UVA Student Highlights for Upcoming Diversity Office Events

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs-Diversity Programs are preparing to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of our graduate and professional students during the Doctoral Diversity Dinner and Celebration of Excellence. 

We desire to highlight and share your accomplishments out to the UVA community via print, digital, and video formats for these events. This opportunity is for graduate or professional students. If you're interested in this opportunity, please visit . 

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 16, 2024. 

For more information email: [email protected] 

Student Highlights for Upcoming Events
Professional Development Opportunities

2023 Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop

This March, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will be hosting its Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop in person in Washington, DC. The University of Virginia plans to send up to four graduate students to this entry-level 3.5-day workshop. Prior science policy experience is not a prerequisite for selection—students with limited knowledge of advocacy and science policy are encouraged to apply. Registration fees and travel expenses for the selected students will be covered through the PhD Plus program.

During the event, participants will learn about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations processes, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement. In addition, students will participate in interactive seminars about policymaking and communication. 

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 3, 2023. Applicants will be notified no later than Friday, February 17.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, a full list of required application materials, and how to apply, visit: 

UVA Professional Development Award

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs – Diversity Programs invites you to apply for the Diversity Programs Professional Development Award. This award was established to provide financial support to graduate students, professional students, and postdoctoral scholars that do not have sufficient funds currently or in which funds may not exist to support activities related to their career development. Potential uses of the funds include workshops, short courses, research supplies and or activities, research travel, conference attendance, and any other reasonable activity the student deems necessary for their professional development as they prepare for a career after the successful completion of their tenure at UVA. For more information about the Professional Development Award and the application, go to The application deadline to apply is March 3rd.

For questions, please contact Dr. Jasmine Crenshaw at [email protected] 











The 6th Annual Diversifying Scholarship Research Conference at UVA

The 6th Annual Diversifying Scholarship Research Conference is now accepting abstracts through March 3, 2023. We are an all-student planned conference that aims to provide a platform for research on topics of diversity, inequality, bias, and inclusivity. We encourage scholars of all levels (undergraduate, graduate, faculty, staff, and community members) to apply. This year, presentation opportunities include Blitz Talks (5 minutes) and Research Presentations (10-12 minutes). 
The conference will be hosted online on April 21, 2023. Registration is free. 


For more info see the attached flier or visit

Omni Technology Alliance Internship Program

The DOE Omni Technology Alliance Internship Program provides paid 10-week summer internships for up to three consecutive summers for talented undergraduate and graduate students in Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and other related fields. Interns will hold appointments at DOE national laboratories, Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs), plants, DOE Headquarters, and other approved sites. Interns will receive hands-on experience in an immersive environment that provides them with an understanding of the mission, operations, and culture of DOE. Moreover, interns will be mentored by leading scientists, engineers, and other top professionals to address cybersecurity and information technology challenges while gaining valuable, real-world experience to complement their education and open opportunities for careers within the federal government. For more information, click here:


2024 PeDRA Research Fellowships Program


Childhood skin diseases are associated with severe burden on patients, families, and health care providers. Despite this burden, effective treatments remain sparse and the pace of research slow. To help overcome these challenges, the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance (PeDRA) is accepting applications for its 2024 PeDRA Research Fellowships Program to support one year of mentored research for post-graduate trainees and medical students in the field of pediatric dermatology.


The Research Fellowships Program is driven by PeDRA’s mission to create, inspire, and sustain research to prevent, treat, and cure childhood skin disease. Fellowships are intended to support the development of the next generation of physician scientists and the advancement of active research projects in the field of pediatric dermatology. Priority consideration will be given to mentored research projects that address high-priority patient-centered research questions and projects that align with the focus of any of PeDRA’s Focused Study Groups. Additional priority will be given to applications that support PeDRA’s commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion across all facets of its organization and pediatric dermatology research. Diversity and inclusion strengthen the PeDRA research network and are critical to the pursuit of its mission.


Applications to PeDRA Research Fellowships must be submitted through the online portal (

Teaching & Research Opportunities

STEM Active Learning Community

Join a learning community this spring to explore the research on active learning in STEM fields and apply it to your teaching through reading, reflection, and discussion. As graduate students, we must prepare to begin academic careers in the midst of a widespread transition toward active learning. Together, we will seek to understand active learning as a human endeavor and create active learning environments that are equitable, inclusive, and supportive of all students’ learning.

The meetings will take place in person every other week for five, 60-minute sessions, starting the week of February 13th. The day and time of the sessions will be scheduled based on participant availability.

Apply by Wednesday, February 1. The community will be limited to 12 participants. Email Liz Larson at [email protected] with questions. 

Job Opportunities
DPO Intern