Our Mission

Dr. Henderson

Dr. Carol Henderson

Diversity, defined to include all aspects of human difference, is both a social responsibility and an intellectual commitment. It is required to achieve excellence through learning, teaching, scholarship, student development, institutional functioning and engagement in local and global communities.

Diversity also can be considered in light of learning styles and learning experiences. It encompasses access and intellectual inclusion in curriculum, research and scholarship, service and holistic integration into the academic culture for all members of the University community.

UD has made diversity a guiding principle, yet by many measures, we are still striving to meet the expectations this principle implies. Going forward, the University of Delaware will put diversity efforts at the forefront of every undertaking. We will address issues of campus culture and community through open dialogue, inclusive decision-making, clear communication and accountability.


Making Progress on Inclusive Excellence

2018 Inclusive Excellence Mid-Term Report

Diversity is a core value and guiding principle for the University of Delaware’s educational mission, and we continue to strive to make our campus more equitable, inclusive and diverse. As our Advancing Inclusive Excellence—Mid-Term Report demonstrates, our efforts to diversify our campus community are showing promising trends in both student and faculty diversity. Enrollment numbers amongst historically underrepresented and underserved groups from North America has increased 20% in the past five years for undergraduate students and has increased 33.5% for graduate students who identify as Black/African American. For Hispanic/Latino(a) graduate students, enrollment numbers have improved 54% in the past five years, and for those individuals who identify as two or more races, that number is up 81% since 2013.

Diversity by the numbers fall 2017
Diversity by the numbers fall 2016
Diversity by the numbers fall 2017

Frequently Asked

Who does the Vice Provost of Diversity serve?

The Vice Provost for Diversity serves faculty, staff and students. We also collaborate with other offices on campus which can be found on the here “Where to Go for Help”

Do you allow walk-in appointments?

For urgent issues, is it necessary to make an appointment or do you allow walk-ins?

The Vice Provost for Diversity is located within the Office of the Provost at Hullihen Hall 116. However, due to the nature of the office and confidentiality, it is highly recommended to make an appointment. The administrative staff will ensure a reasonable turn-around for your meeting request.

Is there a Diversity Action Plan?

Yes. This blueprint provides a detailed and extensive plan to diversify our campus. We encourage you to view the Diversity Blueprint.


UD releases draft plan to increase diversity“, – The News Journal

Putting inclusive excellence into practice” – UDaily

Does the Vice Provost for Diversity offer training classes?

Yes, we work with the Offices of Equity and InclusionStudent Life and Human Resources to develop training and seminars for groups to create and sustain a diverse environment. Trainings may be customized to meet your needs.

The multicultural requirement also offers an opportunity for students to expose to the principles and values of diversity, equity, and inclusion through the classroom experience



Diversity Action Plan