University of Delaware


Advancing Inclusive Excellence

Our University is committed to embracing a diverse and inclusive campus that reflects our collective views, experiences, capabilities, cultures, aspirations, and ultimately our commitment to excellence.

Educational communities, such as ours, are enriched by the contributions and full participation of people from different backgrounds.

Toward those ends, the University seeks to:

  • Increase the racial and cultural diversity of its students, faculty and staff.
  • Create a climate that expects and encourages all members of the University community to respect and appreciate individual and cultural differences.
  • Promote equity for people of different backgrounds throughout all areas of University life.
  • Develop organizational practices that include the participation and perspectives of these groups.
  • Enhance the curriculum by including the contributions and perspectives of different races, cultures and genders.


Diversity Action Plan

inclusive-excellence-cover-2017The University has created a Diversity Action Plan to guide its progress in achieving the goals listed above. The plan was developed during the 2015-16 academic year under the direction of the vice provost for diversity with input from the UD community. View the Diversity Action Plan. The Diversity Action Plan has also been made available in spanish. Ver un plan de acción para la diversidad en la UD. (Last Updated September 9, 2016)




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In the Spotlight

Patricia DeLeon, the Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences, has received the 2017 Francis Alison Faculty Award, the University of Delaware’s highest competitive faculty honor.

The award was established in 1978 by the Board of Trustees to recognize the faculty members who best demonstrate the combination of scholarship and teaching exemplified by the Rev. Dr. Francis Alison, founder of the institution that is now UD. The annual award also confers membership in the Francis Alison Society. Read more…