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Contributions to Inclusive Excellence

The University values and aspires to leverage difference among its faculty, staff, and students for the inherent benefits that successfully including diverse perspectives and insights on an issue or process can bring in terms of innovation, quality, creativity, and ultimately - more valuable learning,research, and patientcare environments. By asking for applicants to include statements addressing these matters the University is seeking to identify candidates who have job skills, experience, and/or a willingness to engage in impactful activities that would enhance inclusive excellence on Grounds and contribute to specific diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts fundamental to the University’s mission and purpose.

Applicant/Candidate FAQs

How are statements on contributions to inclusive excellence evaluated?

Hiring Officials and/or search committees will consider demonstrated skills, abilities, experiences, and knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion evidencing inclusive excellence as just one of the many elements addressed in the overall evaluation process. The specific evaluation criteria will vary based on the ways in which excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion are impactful upon the work of the respective faculty and/or staff positions with the University to which you are applying. We believe that all people have the capacity to meaningfully impact and demonstrate inclusive excellence at the University of Virginia by modeling the core values of our institution – honor, integrity, trust, and respect. The University considers applicants for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family and genetic information (See Notice of Non-Discrimination).

What should I address in my statement?

Schools and Units within the University may outline specific areas or competencies related to inclusive excellence that should be addressed. As with other application materials for a specific position, careful attention should be paid to providing information in alignment with the details of the actual request. If the job posting/announcement does not ask for specific items to be addressed (Ex: participation in culturally competent care seminars, experience with inclusive curriculum design, service focused on advancing equitable access, etc.), it is recommended that you consider and explore how you feel diversity, equity, and inclusion are important to the role for which you are applying as well as for the discipline/profession/institution. This will vary by position and there are many ways through which you can demonstrate your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience in these areas.The following are some broad considerations for what could be covered in a statement.

Statement Guidance (pdf)