Diversity

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.

Strategic Plan for Faculty DEI

Diversity

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.

Strategic Plan for Faculty DEI
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 and as outlined in the Strategic Plan for Faculty Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity 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.


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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 12 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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Students

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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News

Lydia Contreras Appointed Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity

Dr. Contreras has been the managing director of diversity since 2020. In this role, Dr. Contreras will lead the advancement of the Strategic Plan for Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity in alignment with UT’s new plan for an equitable and inclusive campus.

Initiative

Provost’s Early Career Fellows Program

The initiative’s ultimate goal is to increase the number of faculty who will further UT’s critical goals of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.

Initiative

Contextualization & Commemoration Initiative

The Contextualization & Commemoration Initiative celebrates members of the UT Austin community who worked to advance equity and inclusivity for an institution composed of and serving all Texans.

Leadership and staff

Led by Lydia Contreras, 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.

Lydia Contreras

Vice Provost for Diversity

Grayson Hunt

Director of Equity Outreach and Resources

Del Watson

Director

Faith Miller

Senior Diversity Operations Coordinator

Chancie Calliham

Administrative Associate