University of Delaware

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 are enriched by the contributions and full participation of people from different backgrounds.

We strive 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 gender

Mark Your Calendar

Social Justice Coffee HourCoffee Hour

The event to focus on talking to kids about racism

A social justice coffee hour, “Talking to Kids about Racism,” for students, faculty, staff and community members will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 23, in room 209/211 of Trabant University Center at the University of Delaware.

Anyone interested in attending may come for part or all of the program, which will include short talks by three speakers, small group question and answer sessions with each speaker, small group discussions and a call to action. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Speakers will be Angel Dunbar, a University of Maryland scientist whose research focuses on understanding the unique challenges that children of color encounter; Roger Harrison, a pediatric clinical psychologist at Nemours Children’s Health System with expertise in talking to children about race; and parent Sean Watson.

The coffee hour is part of a recurring series of events on campus, each addressing a different topic.

The coffee hour is supported by a Unidel Winter Session grant and co-sponsored by UD’s Center for the Study of Diversity, Office of Equity and Inclusion, LGBT Program and Office of Residence Life and Housing; the registered student organizations Black Graduate Student Association, UD NAACP and SpeQtrum; and We Stand United. 

Black History Month Lecture

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:00pm | University of Delaware, Trabant University Center Theatre

Fifty Years Later “WE” Still Raising Our Fists


Dr. John W. Carlos | The World’s Fastest Humanitarian

Dr. John Carlos is a renowned former track and field athlete who was inducted in to the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2003.

At the height of the civil rights struggle in the USA, Dr. Carlos made world history during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico, when he took to the international stage during the medal ceremony and made a speechless statement heard around the world.  This image of John Carlos and Tommie Smith with black-gloved fists with bowed heads was seen around the world.

Since 1968, Dr. John Carlos has continued his life-long mission to improve human rights conditions and to increase changes for the success of our youth.

Hosted by the Department of Africana Studies
Sponsors:  College of Arts & Sciences, Vice Provost for Diversity, Center for Black Culture 

Black History Month Extravaganza

Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, will be at the University of Delaware on Thursday, February 22, 2018, to speak at the Center for Black Culture’s Annual Black History Month Extravaganza.

Crenshaw is a leading authority in the areas of Civil RightsCritical Race Theory, race and gender equality, and intersectionality. “Intersectionality” calls attention to the forces that create and sustain power and privilege in American society—and contribute to the discrimination and oppression of minority groups.

Crenshaw’s talk will focus on gender and racial bias more broadly, and highlight how systems can render the experiences of black women and girls meaningless.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7:00pm | Trabant University Center, Multipurpose Room

Campus Highlights

World Cultures through Food

JAN. 23-25: CHS and Dining Services offer “Learning About World Cultures Through Food” The Nutrition Program of the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition (BHAN) is teaming up with University of Delaware Dining Services and student groups to present “Learning…

Better Living through the Humanities

Georgetown professor to talk about teaching, research and activism today Marcia Chatelain, an associate professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University, teaches about women’s and girls’ history as well as the history of black capitalism….

Diversity Grants Awarded

Collaborative projects focus on equity, inclusion in education A research project highlighting residents’ stories from the historical exhibit “Wilmington, 1968” and a study examining the emotional and cultural intelligence of prospective teachers have been awarded…

Health Sciences Pipeline

Engaging local high school students to inspire future healthcare workforce The University of Delaware College of Health Sciences (CHS) is expanding engagement locally by giving high school students a jumpstart as they prepare for college. With a focus on Delawareans…

King’s Legacy of Oratory

When Martin Luther King Jr. spoke, America listened. His legacy is more than his message — it’s the power with which it was delivered. Seven teenagers spent Sunday in a Wilmington opera house, speaking the message of their hearts, driven by King’s hope for…

Hassan El-Amin: Playing MLK Jr. at UD

For an hour and a half nearly every day for a month, Hassan El-Amin is Martin Luther King at the University of Delaware. He plays the Civil Rights leader on the last night of his life, right after he’s giving his “I’ve been to the mountaintop”…

Engaging with our Community

Engaged, dedicated, loyal and enthusiastic are some of the adjectives that describe the University of Delaware community.

The University plays an integral role in Newark and the state of Delaware, working to better the community with service projects, research benefiting local agencies and industries, and public outreach throughout the state.

Among the University’s greatest strengths is its long and vibrant tradition of public service. In a recent national survey, 75 percent of UD students indicated that they participated in community service by the time they were seniors. In 2015, UD was recognized with the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

UD is the place to hear world-renowned speakers, enjoy first-rate music and theatre, cheer on Fightin’ Blue Hens teams and see compelling exhibits, all of which complement the rich academic experience.

Read more on Community Engagement.

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Status Report 2016-’17

One of the hallmarks of a great institution is its ability to harness the extraordinary gifts and talents of its diverse citizenry to do extraordinary things in our communities that change the world.

Inclusive Excellence, as a practice, ensures that we as an institution continue to cultivate an environment at UD that promotes student success and the holistic development of faculty and staff. Diversity is a core value and guiding principle for the University of Delaware’s educational mission as we work to prepare students to live in an increasingly interconnected and diverse world. We are committed to building an inclusive educational community, one whose excellence is based not only on stellar disciplinary achievement, but also on understanding people from different backgrounds and circumstances, with different needs, perspectives and ways of thinking. We work hard to make all people who are part of the University feel welcomed and valued in campus life.

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We Are Diversity

Diversity on campus benefits all students. We know that being around people from diverse backgrounds fosters innovation and encourages collaboration. Increased racial diversity on campus is positive, and results in higher levels of academic achievement and contributes to the improvement of intergroup relations.

View all Diversity data on this site.