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.

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

    Ibram X. Kendi

    January 20, 2021

    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 23-26, 2021

    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

    Andrew Harris Commons Legacy Breakfast


    A Virtual Celebration for the Community

    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.