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Message of Welcome

Welcome to the University of Connecticut’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice page!  This site will serve as the University’s central hub for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) information and initiatives.  It will provide resources, opportunities for engagement, and celebrations of the many diverse communities who call UConn “home.”

UConn is committed to diversity, a crucial part of the University's mission.  We also believe that diversity makes our campuses better places to learn and work and positions UConn as a state, regional, and local leader in education, research, and outreach.  Quite simply, we believe that the diversity of our communities makes UConn stronger.

The important transformational work related to DEIJ will only be successful if the University has buy-in and input from our entire community; no singular department or unit can do this work on its own.  This website provides an entry point for every member of the UConn community – whether a student, alumni, staff, faculty, or a member of the surrounding communities, we invite you to join in this important work with us.  Together, we can improve the UConn experience for every member of our community.

Mission Statement

The University of Connecticut is committed to building a safe and inclusive community for all its members through diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Under the guidance of the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Frank Tuitt, we as members of the UConn community aim to listen, reflect, learn, and act to make our community safe and a place of belonging for all. We aim to support diversity, equity, and inclusion through offering support for success for people of all backgrounds.

Land Acknowledgement

We would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the territory of the Eastern Pequot, Golden Hill Paugussett, Lenape, Mashantucket Pequot, Mohegan, Nipmuc and Schaghticoke Peoples who have stewarded this land throughout the generations. We thank them for their strength and resilience in protecting this land, and aspire to uphold our responsibilities according to their example.

Pronunciations: Eastern Pequot (Pea-kwaht); Golden Hill Paugussett (paw-GUS-it); Lenape (Leh-NAH-pay); Mashantucket Pequot (Mash-un-tuck-it Pea-kwaht);  Mohegan (Mo-he-gan); Nipmuc (Nip-muck); Schaghticoke (ska-teh-COKE)

Upcoming Events

  1. Apr 22 Food for Thought 12:00pm
  2. Apr 22 ‘Repaint’ your definition of Asian American 5:00pm
  3. Apr 22 PAC Meeting 5:00pm
  4. Apr 23 Let’s Talk with Michelle Chen 1:00pm

UConn Today

Statements

April 2024 Heritage Celebrations

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Provost’s Office would like to remind you of several celebrations, commemorations, and moments of raising awareness for members of our community during the month of April: Heritage Month Celebrations: Arab American Heritage Month: During the month of April, cultural institutions, schools, legislatures, and organizations across the country […]

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March 2024 Heritage Celebrations

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Provost’s Office would like to remind you of several celebrations, commemorations, and moments of raising awareness for members of our community during the month of March: Heritage Month Celebrations: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: The United States has observed Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month every March since 1987. Led […]

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February 2024 Heritage Celebrations

To the UConn Community: The Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Provost’s Office would like to remind you of several celebrations, commemorations, and moments of raising awareness for members of our community during the month of February: Heritage Month Celebrations: Black History Month (February): Black History Month celebrates Black and African American history, culture, achievements, and excellence. It also […]

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We're raising money for our TRHT Campus Initiative! Through your support, we were able to gather together for the iCare4Justice podcast. This allows us to hold space for truth-telling, for healing, and for transformation. To help us make more events like this happen, donate here: https://givingday.uconn.edu/o/university-of-connecticut-32/i/uconn-gives-2024/s/odi

Also, take a listen to our most recent podcast episode here: https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-su6ng-144f71a

We`re raising money for our TRHT Campus Initiative! Through your support, we were able to gather together for the iCare4Justice podcast. This allows us to hold space for truth-telling, for healing, and for transformation. To help us make more events like this happen, donate here: https://givingday.uconn.edu/o/university-of-connecticut-32/i/uconn-gives-2024/s/odi

Also, take a listen to our most recent podcast episode here: https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-su6ng-144f71a
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We're raising money for our TRHT Campus Initiative! In this video, Dr. Mark Overmyer-Velazquez shares about their work in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion with and alongside ODI Central Office. Thank you to Dr. Overmyer-Velazquez for sharing their story! To partner with us in this work, click to donate here: https://givingday.uconn.edu/o/university-of-connecticut-32/i/uconn-gives-2024/s/odi

We`re raising money for our TRHT Campus Initiative! In this video, Dr. Mark Overmyer-Velazquez shares about their work in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion with and alongside ODI Central Office. Thank you to Dr. Overmyer-Velazquez for sharing their story! To partner with us in this work, click to donate here: https://givingday.uconn.edu/o/university-of-connecticut-32/i/uconn-gives-2024/s/odi ...