Racial Equity and Justice

Last updated: 2/17/22

The Center for Teaching Excellence is committed to centering equity and justice in all areas of our work. We believe that teaching and educational development should be anti-racist and anti-oppressive. It should actively work to dismantle systems and practices that marginalize Black, Indigenous, and other students and faculty of color, as well as members of other minoritized groups, in higher education spaces. 

We acknowledge that we have not lived up to these commitments. Too often we have treated attention to equitable and inclusive pedagogies as a piece of our work rather than as its core, and we have not consistently promoted practices that explicitly support the work, learning, and well-being of BIPOC faculty and students. 

We are actively engaged in efforts to reconfigure our programming and do a better job living up to our values. We spent 2021 reflecting deeply on the shortcomings of our equity and justice work and creating a Center-wide plan for revisions to our programming and for our ongoing professional development and accountability around equitable educational development. Specific steps included:

  • Hiring Dr. Whitney Peoples, the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health (and formerly of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching), to help us advance our racial equity and justice work;

  • Developing an Inclusive Excellence (IE) plan focused on equity in our workplace culture, practices, and policies;

  • Forming an internal working group of CTE faculty and faculty fellows to guide the efforts to revise all of our programming and practices.

In 2022, we are focused on putting our commitments to equity and justice into practice across all of our work. We publish this page in the interest of transparency and accountability. We commit to keeping it up to date as our revision progresses. The parallel threads of this work are as follows.


We commit to updating this page regularly; we want it to be a living account of our efforts and an honest accounting not only of what we have accomplished, but also of the lengths we know we still have to go.

We invite feedback around our equity and justice efforts and have established an internal process for responding to and learning from this feedback. Through this form, you can choose to leave feedback anonymously or request a follow-up. Alternatively, you can also email our team directly at cte-dei@virginia.edu.

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