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Office of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity


Social Justice Task Force releases recommendations

Members of the University’s Social Justice Task Force have released a series of recommendations designed to strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion across campus to ensure a welcoming and affirming environment.

Video: Northeast Ohio Online Vigil Against Anti-Asian Violence

The Northeast Ohio Online Vigil Against Anti-Asian Violence on March 19, 2021, was supported by The University of Akron , Asian Services in Action, the Akron NAACP, the Akron Civil Rights Commission, the United Way of Summit & Medina and many others. #StopAsianHate

Statement following killing of women of Asian descent in Atlanta

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UA student who represents the diversity and equity we all support at the University of Akron.

The University of Akron affirms the importance and value of diversity within the student body, and among our faculty, staff, administration and governing Board of Trustees. Our university values and respects the humanity of every individual from every background, and we embrace the diversity that defines UA and has so profoundly enriched our community.

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See a list of our student organizations that serve students' cultural, religious and other interests. 

Students: Learn about the Inclusive Excellence Action Team and how to participate.

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The goal of the Office of Inclusion and Equity is to increase the impact of UA’s inclusive excellence commitment, leading to wider understanding and greater success for all students.

The office reports directly to the president. Now consolidated within the office are a number of units, programs and events that represent a spectrum of diversity. They continue to be offered to directly contribute to matriculation, persistence and graduation from the University.

Wrice named vice president of inclusion and equity and chief diversity officer

Dr. Sheldon Wrice Dr. Sheldon Wrice has been named vice president for inclusion and equity and chief diversity officer. In this role, Wrice will supervise the Office of Inclusion and Equity, Office of Multicultural Development, Multicultural Center and the Women's and Gender Resource Center. The Office of Accessibility has dual reporting lines to Student Affairs and the Office of Inclusion and Equity.


Office leaders

Autumn Frampton
Associate Director
Academic Support Services

Jessica DeFago
Office of Accessibility

Aiesha Motley
Office of Multicultural Development

Natalie Munas
Administrative Assistant, Sr
Inclusion & Equity/Chief Diversity Officer


Office of Inclusion & Equity/Chief Diversity
Buchtel Hall 210
Akron, OH 44325-6237