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Inclusive Excellence at the University of Akron



Painted rock on the University of Akron campus.

Students painted the rock near the Student Union in rainbow colors.

Celebrating PRIDE

As our nation celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month to recognize and honor the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, we at The University of Akron champion our students, faculty, staff and community members in support of each other.

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My great grandmother was born on February 11, 1865, two years and 41 days after the Emancipation Proclamation decreed that, “All persons held as slaves shall be free.”

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Community forums: An invitation to join the dialogue

The Office of Inclusion and Equity is an important point of entry for the discussion of issues of discrimination and is the campus core for promoting an inclusive environment where embracing difference is the rule rather than the exception.

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We can and must make a difference

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis was senseless and utterly heartbreaking. We, in our local communities and across the nation, must do better. Our very survival as a democratic society depends on our willingness to work toward, and achieve, equality for all.

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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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Inclusive Excellence Action Team

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.

Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Sheldon Wrice Dr. Sheldon Wrice is interim vice president for inclusion and equity and chief diversity officer. He is also associate dean for undergraduate studies and education in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. Wrice will maintain his role as co-chair of the University’s working group, tasked by University President Gary L. Miller in July, to evaluate racial equality at UA and promote social justice partnerships with the community. He also will continue as director of the Pan African Studies Program. Wrice has taught full-time at the University since 1995.

Autumn Frampton
Associate Director
Academic Support Services

Kathleen Kulick
Office of Accessibility

Aiesha Motley
Office of Multicultural Development


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