Our collective responsibility
As UT Austin strives to meet our mission of unlocking potential and preparing future leaders of the state, we embrace diversity, equity and inclusion.
Message from the provost
This year has been a pivotal period in our nation’s history. We have witnessed historic protests and discussions about racial injustice and inequality in our country. More than ever, it’s crucial for us to examine our role in building a community free from bias and discrimination, where all faculty, staff, and students have equitable access to the support they need to thrive on our campus.
Our goal is to recruit and support faculty, staff and students with a wide range of backgrounds, ideas and viewpoints. Diversity in our community strengthens teaching and learning, research and creativity and our positive contributions to society. Breakthroughs and discovery are born from diverse perspectives, and we can accomplish more when we tap into the full breadth and depth of talent and experiences of our community.
We’ve made progress toward building a more robust and diverse faculty. Those endeavors must continue. The Coalition of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officers in all the colleges and schools have been working in concert with our deans, leadership in the Provost’s Office, and the faculty equity councils to support the changes needed to promote diversity and excellence.
I am proud of our collective progress, but not complacent. We want to amplify our ability to transform lives for the benefit of society. Building an inclusive environment that embraces a wide range of perspectives and experiences both makes us strong and helps us to achieve this goal.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical to the advancement of the university's academic mission. Through strategic projects, working groups and initiatives, our goal is to ensure everyone on campus is represented and has a clear path to success.Faculty Diversity
Strategic Plan for Faculty Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity
The Strategic Plan for Faculty DEI specifies objectives, policies, prioritized actions, and timetables to be undertaken over the next four years to meet our institution’s strategic goals with regard to equity and inclusivity.
Provost’s Early Career Cohort Fellowship Awards
The ultimate goal of this program is to increase the number of faculty who will further UT’s critical goals of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness by attracting and hiring candidates with outstanding scholarly records.
Short overview of programs underway to promote an equitable environment for our faculty.
In 2019, UT joined 19 peer institutions to develop and strengthen inclusive recruitment, hiring and retention practices for faculty members in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Currently a group of 13 individuals who oversee and advise their deans on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion for faculty, staff, and students, and lead initiatives for their colleges/schools.
In 2018, the Provost’s Office began offering workshops to raise awareness around implicit bias and provide faculty hiring committees with best practices.
The Faculty Recruitment Diversity Initiative was created to better support departments and units in the recruitment process as they work to diversify their units.
The goals of the IDEA committee are to consolidate the Councils’ institutional data requests and to refine and contribute to related analyses.
NCFDD is a nationally-recognized independent organization dedicated to supporting faculty, particularly under-represented faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in making successful transitions throughout their careers.
Partners with leading universities and foundations to accelerate the ideas and public impact of underrepresented thought leaders, including women.
Faculty Equity Councils
Diversity & Community
Council for Racial and Ethnic Equity & Diversity
CREED began work in the fall of 2015 to advise the provost on best practices in recruiting, retaining, and advancing faculty members who are racially, ethnically, gender, or in other ways diverse.
Diversity & Community
University Faculty Gender Equity Council
Presents best practices for creating an equitable and inclusive environment. Conduct analysis of faculty salaries to identify gender pay inequities and address barriers to promotion and tenure.
Diversity & Community
Council for LGBTQ+ Access, Equity, and Inclusion
Born from a working group in 2018, the purpose of Q+AEI is to address issues of access, equity, and inclusion among faculty at UT Austin based on gender identity and/or sexual orientation.
Short overview of programs underway to promote an equitable and inclusive environment for all undergraduate and graduate students at the university.
The First Abroad initiative provides funding and resources to support first generation college students in accessing transformative educational abroad experiences.
The mission of this program is to identify and collaborate with colleges, schools, and units to remove the barriers to enrollment, persistence and timely graduation for UT Austin first-generation students.
The purpose of this initiative is to enhance enrollment and student success efforts, and prepare the campus to become a HSI. The committee will provide institutional leadership and guidance through UT Austin’s transition to HSI designation.
These programs are to help UT students graduate in four years.
The Texas Advance Commitment is UT Austin’s commitment to making a UT education more affordable for Texas students with assured financial aid assistance for middle- and low-income students.
The mission of Texas Career Engagement is to advance equitable access to career education, experiences, opportunities, and success for all students, and to provide employers with equitable access to diverse talent across the university.