Embracing diversity in all forms

Fostering an environment that addresses the needs and acknowledges the perspectives of underrepresented groups among faculty, staff and student experiences.

Data & Reporting


Embracing diversity in all forms

Fostering an environment that addresses the needs and acknowledges the perspectives of underrepresented groups among faculty, staff and student experiences.

Data & Reporting
What we do

An excellent and diverse faculty benefits our educational and instructional experiences and strengthens our research, scholarship, and creativity. As part of the academic mission of The University of Texas at Austin, we are dedicated to recruiting, employing, retaining, and supporting highly-qualified faculty members with a wide range of backgrounds, ideas, and viewpoints.

As a university with a documented history of denying equitable inclusion to qualified faculty, UT Austin is committed to forging an inclusive environment of teaching, research, and service in which all can learn from one another, productively interact, and share in the benefits of learning and working at a diverse university. Accordingly, we endeavor to pursue excellence in our mission to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive “University of the First Class.”

The strategic objectives of the Vice Provost for Diversity Office are:

  • Attract, Recruit, and Employ a Diverse Faculty
  • Retain, Develop, and Promote a Diverse Faculty
  • Establish an Equitable and Inclusive Climate
  • Support Innovative and Diverse Scholarship, Teaching, and Service

We engage in meaningful discussion, take into account a multitude of perspectives, and collaboratively work with campus partners to reach these objectives.

Learn more about our strategic partnerships here.


State of Black UT set for Feb. 10-12th

State of Black UT is a three-day event that will facilitate discussions and exploration of the work UT has done, is doing, and needs to do to create an inclusive campus. State of Black UT will centralize discussion and unify efforts being made to foster a supportive learning, teaching and working environment for the Black UT community. Learn More


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Diversity & Community

Joining a community provides an opportunity for meaningful relating and interaction with fellow faculty and staff members, and opens up dialogue with students around topics addressing diversity, inclusion, and equity. How this translates to new understandings and potential for change in the university-wide community is a responsibility we all share.

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The Coalition of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officers

The Coalition of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officers is 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.

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National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD)

UT Austin is an institutional member of NCFDD. UT Austin faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and administrators now have on-demand access to NCFDD's mentoring and professional development resources.

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Faculty Search Committee Workshops

The provost's office holds workshops for faculty search committees to ensure that the university is recruiting the best faculty to the Forty Acres across all disciplines. The workshops provide information to help search committee members understand how to yield a wide and diverse pool of candidates, and how to fairly and equitably evaluate them.

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Related News and Data


Provost’s Office Launches New Early Career Fellowship Program

Several units across campus have been selected for the inaugural cohort of a new program designed to help build a diverse and vibrant interdisciplinary community of scholars.


Statement from Diversity Officers at UT Austin

A message of support and solidarity in light of the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others who have lost their lives to acts of racial violence.


New Grants Empower Campus Community to Lead Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Projects

52 recipients were chosen to receive ACT seed grants to support diversity, equity, and inclusion projects within their local communities on campus.

Leadership and staff

Led by Edmund T. Gordon, the Vice Provost for Diversity Office staff carries out the strategic diversity initiatives for the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and oversees a number of campus and community engagement initiatives for the university.

Edmund T Gordon

Vice Provost for Diversity

Elizabeth Donihoo

Executive Assistant to Edmund T. Gordon

Lydia Contreras

Provost’s Faculty Leadership Fellow