In Support of President Sullivan
June 21, 2012 — On behalf of the Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity & Equity at the University of Virginia, I would like to thank President Teresa Sullivan for her strong support during the past two years. Her emphasis on promoting a more caring and trusting community has been evident as so many faculty, staff, students, and community members have united together during difficult times.
Soon after her arrival on Grounds in 2010, President Sullivan provided input on how to further promote the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion at U.Va. and within the Charlottesville community, including the implementation of an extensive celebration to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This celebration has included more than 25 events each year, widely inclusive of the various schools and units of the University and of the activities within the surrounding community.
During the year prior to President Sullivan's arrival, the Diversity Council worked on a statement expressing the University's commitment to diversity. Terry approved this statement and placed it on her website. She also supported the establishment of two important groups: a subcommittee of the Diversity Council to address the concerns of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender) members of our U.Va. community, as well as the U.Va. IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access) Fund, a group of alumni and friends dedicated to helping the Office for Diversity & Equity achieve its mission.
President Sullivan has also been a strong supporter of the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance, a consortium of eight partner schools, including four major research institutions in Virginia and four Historically Black Colleges and Universities in North Carolina. During her time at U.Va., the VA-NC Alliance has met its goal of increasing enrollment of and degrees obtained by underrepresented minorities in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields.
Clearly, Teresa Sullivan has laid a strong foundation for the University of Virginia to continue on the path toward a more diverse and inclusive workforce, curriculum, and culture. Over the past two years her impressive and comprehensive leadership, earnest work ethic, and capacity to build relationships across and beyond Grounds has led to significant progress at U.Va as outlined in her statement to the Board of Visitors on June 18. I fully support her reinstatement as President of the University of Virginia.
Marcus L. Martin