The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion hosts and sponsors a number of engaging and relevant signature events that move diversity, equity, and inclusion forward at UVM. We invite all members of the UVM community to find out more about each of our special events and programs below.

Andrew Harris Commons Legacy Reception


A Celebration for the Community

Sunday, October 3, 2021
10:00-11:30 AM
Grand Maple Ballroom & Teams Live

Join us in person or via live stream in honoring the legacy and work of UVM community members who have inspired and strengthened diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campus. This year's speakers include Amer F. Ahmed, Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Jim Vigoreaux, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs; Bev Colston, Director of the Mosiac Center for Students of Color; and Paul Yoon, Senior Advisor for Strategic Diversity Assessment and Research.

This is a free event. Light refreshments will be served.

Let us know if you can make it.

Join the Virtual Event

2020 Virtual Reception

In October, we gathered to honor the legacy and work of our UVM community members who have led the way to inspire and strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. The program included a welcoming from Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant, reflective words on the Harris legacy by Bev Colston, and a Black Lives Matter (BLM) Flag Dedication.
Watch the Celebration on YouTube
BLM Flag History
In 2016, UVM was the first institution of higher education in the United States to fly the Black Lives Matter flag. Since then, thousands of other institutions across the country have followed our lead. After the first flown BLM flag was stolen, our community came together to hoist a second BLM flag handmade by former Director of Student Life Pat Brown and his wife Amy Huntington. The BLM flag will be prominently displayed in the University’s Mosaic Center for Students of Color to signify UVM’s continued commitment and dedication to Honoring Black lives.


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration & Education Series

Ibram X. Kendi

January, 2022

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in the MLK programs and events to be held through out one week in January each year. This includes a keynote speaker, performances at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, educational programming, and more.  

MLK Celebration & Education Series

Blackboard Jungle Symposium

Tarana Burke speaks in front of a crowd

March, 2022

The Blackboard Jungle Symposium is designed to support UVM faculty, staff, and all others seeking to develop skills, knowledge, and a deeper understanding of diversity that supports excellence in teaching, service, and research. The symposium sessions are dedicated to creating “open spaces” where all members of our community can participate in authentic dialogue, valued reflection, and expanded learning to promote inclusive excellence for all.

Blackboard Jungle Symposium Details