A space to display our commitment to unity, respect, diversity, equity, and belonging.

In response to the dramatic national events of 2020, President Suresh Garimella called on the UVM community to combat racism, promote social justice, and foster greater civic responsibility. As part of this call to action, he advocated for the creation of a prominent area in the Davis Center where we might “honor and celebrate our common commitment to unity, respect, diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging.”

This exhibit space provides a venue in which the work and struggle of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color at UVM can be acknowledged and celebrated. As a place where stories can be shared and accomplishments lauded, it will showcase exhibits—created by UVM students, staff, and faculty— that will be updated periodically.

Now accepting exhibit proposals for the 2022-23 academic year

The Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is seeking exhibit proposals curated and executed by current UVM students, staff, and faculty. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 18th. Exhibits should showcase or reflect the work and struggle of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) at UVM. Potential exhibits could include:

  • Historic exhibits emphasizing individuals/groups/events on campus.
  • Historic timelines focusing on important individuals/developments/events.
  • Exhibits of paintings/multimedia displays that document the BIPOC experiences.
  • Displays of meaningful artifacts with textual descriptions that provide context and explanatory notes.
  • Artistic displays of personal narratives that might include specially-written, short essays combined with illustrative images, etc.
  • Class-based projects created in conjunction with a course focused on the BIPOC experience.

Before you submit a proposal, please review our display case information and exhibit protocol.

Submit a proposal


Celebrating Diverse Voices at UVM: Ten Black Experiences

This inagural exhibit opened in the Davis Center's Fireplace Lounge on February 10, 2021. Centered on the experiences of Black members of the UVM community, it highlights a long, rich, and complex history involving great accomplishments as well as hardship, prejudice, and bias. Taken together, these stories remind us not only of those who have come before us but also of the ways in which Black lives have mattered and shaped our institution for more than two centuries.

View exhibit


A tribute to Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant

This display space is dedicated to former Vice President Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant ’87, G’03 who championed the University of Vermont’s work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We honor her as a graduate, leader, advisor, and friend.

Related Stories