Equality, diversity, respect and inclusiveness for all

Old Dominion University has a long and proud legacy of commitment to the principles of equality and equal opportunity for all students, faculty and staff. The mission of the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity is to provide leadership and support on matters relating to equity, diversity, respect and inclusiveness for all members of the Old Dominion University community. The staff provides guidance, support and delivery of programming, services and educational initiatives to University faculty, staff, and students to support diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, cultural understanding and the prevention of prohibited discrimination and harassment.

OIED has the following two functional areas. Please visit the directory for contact information.  

  1. Institutional Equity
  2. Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

Our Office Provides:

  • Information, consultation, training, resources to the University community with regard to diversity, harassment and discrimination prevention, affirmative action, equal opportunity and disability matters; and pregnancy and parenting;
  • Individual consultation with University supervisors, staff, faculty, students, and administrators;
  • A mechanism for responding to complaints of harassment and discrimination including alternative dispute resolution options;
  • Oversight of and support for the University's compliance efforts in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, harassment and discrimination prevention, and compliance with all applicable State and Federal civil rights laws.

Equal Opportunity

The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity oversees, facilitates and supports the University's efforts to ensure equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective styles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, national origin, age, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.