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 Legacy Reception

A Celebration for the Community

Named after the first African American graduate of UVM, this annual event honors the legacy and work of UVM community members who have inspired and strengthened diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campus. This year we look specifically at the legacy of H. Lawrence (Larry) McCrorey, former UVM professor and dean whose influence and dedication to combating racism has had a lasting impact on the entire university community.

Please join us on Sunday, October 9, 2022 from 10-11:30 AM in the Grand Maple Ballroom or online for a dynamic morning of great food and music along with meaningful reflections and the opportunity to connect with faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Space is limited.

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2021 Reception

2021's speakers included Amer F. Ahmed, Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Sherwood Smith, Senior Executive Director for Inclusive Excellence and Faculty Engagement; Bev Colston, Director of the Mosiac Center for Students of Color; Rev. Laura Engelken, Director of the Interfaith Center; Paul Yoon, Senior Advisor for Inclusive Excellence; and Jim Vigoreaux, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.
Watch the 2021 reception remarks

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

January 25, 2022 Keynote with Dr. Damon A. Williams

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

Inclusive Excellence Symposium (formerly Blackboard Jungle)

March 28 - April 1, 2022

An evolution of UVM’s Blackboard Jungle, the 2022 Inclusive Excellence Symposium will be held Monday, March 28 through Friday, April 1 and explores the intersection of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Sustainability

Symposium Details