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Our History of Diversity

This diversity timeline is an attempt to highlight some of the major diversity movements, obstacles and victories in UVM's long history. It is not an all-inclusive timeline.

I love diversity
1992
GLBA organization organized regional conference for GLB organizations
1993
New director of Office of Multicultural Affairs, Anthony Chavez, plans outreach activities for prospective ALANA students visiting campus and directs recruitment and retention programs for multiracial students. He also raises funds and writes grants for ALANA scholarships and multicultural enrichment programming.
Commission on Racial Justice and Multicultural Education is charged "to serve as the principal group for planning, implementing and monitoring campus efforts in the area of racial equality and justice."
1994
UVM officials and Burlington community members meet to discussing hiring practices of the state's largest school and one of the area's largest employers.
1995
UVM trustees order a plan to increase diversity.
Donald Grinde named Director of UVM's new ALANA (African-, Latino-, Asian- and Native-American) Studies Program.
UVM establishes the H. Lawrence McCrorey Collection and Gallery of Multicultural Art at the Bailey/Howe Library. McCrorey, a teacher and leader for 27 years, commented and lectured on racism and the value of multicultural education.
1996
As a result of student Maneshkona Shontae Praileau's hunger strike, a national movement begins and calls for students nationwide to join together. Support for Shontae comes from around the world once word gets out over the Internet.
1997
First woman president, Judith Ramaley begins at UVM and pushes for respect, tolerance and diversity.
Provost Gamble met with 25 LGBT members of faculty and staff to create a staff position to address LGBT issues. A half-time position was promised and created in August 1998.
1998
UVM Board of Trustees endorses Our Common Ground platform.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR), in partnership with UVM, has completed a seven-month review of the campus' racial climate. President Judith Ramaley, in turn, has announced a series of goals, stemming from this collaboration.
1999
Gov. Howard Dean and Mayor Peter Clavelle speak at the grand opening ceremony of the University of Vermont's Center for Cultural Pluralism.
2001
Provost John Bramley agrees to fund LGBTQA services full-time.
2002
Asst. Professor Valerie Rohy joins English department as first faculty member with LGBT studies background. Soon thereafter, she started work to create a minor in Sexuality and Gender Identity Studies.

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