UA Campus Diversity Resources
Better Together Interfaith Initiative:
Better Together is a national movement of students that are bringing together people of different religious and non-religious backgrounds to work toward a common goal. It’s a network for students, by students – a place where you can come together and work to make interfaith cooperation a priority on your campus.
Black Faculty & Staff Association:
The mission of the Black Faculty and Staff Association is to contribute to the betterment of the University of Alabama by serving as an advocate for educational equity, with an emphasis on African-American students, and the professional needs of its members.
Capstone International Center:
The mission of the Capstone International Center is to initiate, promote, and support The University of Alabama’s international efforts on campus as well as throughout the state and the world. The Center, comprised of Education Abroad, the English Language Institute, and International Services, coordinates the University’s international endeavors, facilitates the development of a global perspective campus-wide, and supports students, faculty, and staff in learning, teaching, research, service, and global outreach.
A student-centered arts advocacy organization, Creative Campus is dedicated to building relationships that will serve as a voice for the cultural arts. The interns at Creative Campus — forty-one students with various majors and personal backgrounds — work with students, faculty, and community members in order to engage the University of Alabama and Tuscaloosa with innovative ideas.
Crossroads Community Center:
UA’s Crossroads Community Engagement Center is an initiative of the Division of Community Affairs. Crossroads fosters respectful intercultural engagement for students, faculty and staff, and community members throughout the state by facilitating workshops, dialogs, and collaborative programming.
The Counseling Center helps students achieve academic success and personal growth through quality brief counseling and psychological services, outreach, and consultative services, and the training of mental health professionals.
Cultural Heritage Celebrations:
Discover how UA celebrates cultural heritage months including Black History Month, Asian American Heritage Month, Deaf History Month, Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, LGBTQ+ History month, and Native American Heritage Month throughout the year.
Dean of Students:
The Dean of Students office provides support and guidance to UA students and families. Emphasizing inclusivity, advocacy, and student empowerment, the Dean of Students office offers a wide variety of specialized intervention, educational, and supportive services to students, parents, and families.
Equal Opportunity Programs:
The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and Disability Services supports the University’s efforts to foster a diverse student body and workforce. The Office works with University Administration, departments, and committees to ensure that University policies and programs comply with applicable nondiscrimination requirements. The University Compliance Officer serves as the Campus Coordinator for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Primary sacred dates for all world religions.
Interfaith Meal Guide:
Faith-based dietary practices – a chart for caterers.
Office of Disability Services (ODS):
The Office of Disability Services provides academic accommodations for The University of Alabama students who submit to us appropriate documentation of their disability.
Practicing Inclusive Engagement Workshops (PIE):
The Practicing Inclusive Engagement (P.I.E.) workshops, developed and facilitated by The University of Alabama’s (UA) Crossroads Community Engagement Center, provide a series of interactive experiences designed to increase cultural competency skills.
Safe Zone and LGBTQIA+ Services:
The UA Safe Zone Resource Center provides educational outreach, community support, and crisis intervention resources for LGBTQIA+ members of the University of Alabama community and their allies. The SZRC offers help connecting people at UA to LGBTQIA+ inclusive resources, provides training on LGBTQIA+ topics for UA students, faculty, and staff, facilitates LGBTQIA+ community building programs on campus, and works with the Safe Zone advisory board to advocate LGBTQIA+ interests at UA.
Student Involvement recognizes that UA students come from many different backgrounds and have interests and passions that are as unique and exciting as they are. Student Involvement’s mission is to connect every student with the groups and activities that will best fit their goals and foster their interests. Whether those interests and goals are intellectual, social, recreational, cultural, multicultural, or spiritual in nature, there is a place and a community for every student at The University of Alabama!
Student Government Association (SGA):
The University of Alabama Student Government Association strives to promote a thriving campus through initiatives, events, and partnerships with many organizations. We believe that the student body comes first and we are here to represent any concerns that come about in each student’s lives.
Sustained Dialogue is a dialogue-to-action model that enables participants to build relationships for addressing controversial issues and making positive change. The model is used in national, community, corporate and campus settings.
Sexual Misconduct and Title IX:
In accordance with Title IX, the University of Alabama does not discriminate on the basis of gender in any of its programs or services. The University is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination based on gender and expects individuals who live, work, teach, and study within this community to contribute positively to the environment and to refrain from behaviors that threaten the freedom or respect that every member of our community deserves.
Discover trans resources for students, staff, and faculty members and learn how to be an awesome trans ally.
UA Diversity Policies:
The University of Alabama provides equal opportunity in education and employment for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex(which includes sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression), age, disability, or veteran status.
UA Library Accessibility Resources:
The University Libraries is committed to providing an inclusive and accessible experience to all library users. This page provides information that may be of particular interest to users with disabilities.
UA Strategic Diversity Plan:
Between 2007 and Spring 2008, the University developed and finalized a Strategic Diversity Plan (SDP). The Plan established five goals that commit the University to better communicate its commitment to diversity as part of its educational mission; create and sustain an inviting, respectful and inclusive campus environment; increase diversity within the faculty and senior level administration and the student body; and annually review goals and assess effectiveness of the action steps and initiatives in enhancing diversity within the University‘s educational mission.
UAct Reporting Respect and Civility Violations:
Use the link below to report an incident or event related to discrimination, harassment, sexual assault or sexual violence. IF THE SITUATION IS AN EMERGENCY AND YOU OR SOMEONE ELSE NEEDS IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE, PLEASE CONTACT UAPD AT 205-348-5454.
University Programs (UP):
At University Programs, we plan awesome events for students, by students. We host free, alcohol-free events where students can make new friends!
University Recreation (URec):
University Recreation’s facilities and programs provide the perfect places to get moving and keep an active lifestyle. University Recreation provides contemporary and relevant opportunities for enhanced health and well-being through the engagement and participation of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members.
Veteran and Military Affairs:
The mission of The Office for Veteran and Military Affairs is to provide, facilitate, or coordinate programs and services to meet the special needs of veterans, service members, dependents, and survivors in order to ease their transition to college life and fulfill their educational goals.
Women and Gender Resource Center (WGRC):
The Women and Gender Resource Center addresses gender inequity and fosters a community of multiculturalism, social justice, safety, and leadership through gender-related outreach, advocacy, and support to communities of all identities.
External Diversity Resources
American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (ABBHE):
The American Association of Blacks in Higher Education pursues the educational and professional needs for Blacks in higher education with a focus on leadership, access, and vital issues impacting students, faculty, staff, and administrators. AABHE also facilitates and provides opportunities for collaborating, and networking among individuals, institutions, groups, and agencies in higher education in the United States and internationally.
American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE):
The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education is an outgrowth of the Hispanic Caucus, which was a component of the now defunct American Association of Higher Education (AAHE). Throughout its history, AAHHE has been involved in numerous activities with three goals in mind: To increase the pipeline of Hispanic faculty in higher education; to bring issues pertinent to Hispanics to the attention of the larger academic community, and to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of Hispanics as they pertain to our academy.
The American Council on Education (ACE):
ACE has provided leadership and a unified voice on key higher education issues. Through advocacy, research and innovative programs, ACE represents the interests of more than 1,800 campus executives, as well as the leaders of higher education – related associations and organizations.
AAUP has a history of defending diversity and they are committed to increasing diversity in all areas of higher education. The AAUP addresses such issues equal access to sports programs on the basis of sex, the ability of employees to sue employers for actions that disproportionately affect workers over forty, institutions’ rights to offer benefits to same-sex partners, and issues faced by women in the academy.
INSIGHT Into Diversity:
For over 35 years, INSIGHT Into Diversity (formerly Affirmative Action Register) has been connecting professionals with institutions and businesses that embrace a workforce that reflects our world. Through our magazine and online recruitment site, we continue to serve progressive employers looking to find dynamic talent in every field. These fields include higher education, healthcare, government, and business.
BlackPast.org is dedicated to providing reference materials to the general public on six centuries of African American history. It includes an online encyclopedia of hundreds of famous and lesser-known figures in African America, full-text primary documents and major speeches of black activists and leaders from the 18th Century to the present. There are also links to hundreds of websites that address the history of African Americans including major black museums and archival research centers in the United States and Canada. The website is directed toward multiple audiences ranging from scholars and researchers to the general public.
Cultures on the Edge:
Cultures On The Edge is an online magazine published quarterly by a team of experienced web entrepreneurs, along with world-renown author Wade Davis and professional photographer Chris Rainier. Together they have molded their skills to present a dynamic online magazine that hopes to support cultural diversity through education.
DiversityAbroad.com is an online resource center for minority and economically disadvantaged students interested in study abroad. Students can search for international scholarships as well as study abroad, intern, volunteer, and work abroad opportunities.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education:
Since its founding in 1984, Diverse has been America’s premier news source for information concerning the representation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity in higher education.
Globalization 101 is sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the John S. Niarchos Foundation, Globalization 101 is dedicated to providing students with information and interdisciplinary learning opportunities on this complex phenomenon. The goal of the organization is to challenge you to think about many of the controversies surrounding globalization and to promote an understanding of the trade-offs and dilemmas facing policy-makers.
The Multicultural Advantage:
The Multicultural Advantage is an online community where minority professionals and leaders can stay informed, identify opportunities and learn firsthand what it takes to stay ahead of the pack. Included are thousands of articles, checklists, research reports, and links covering career issues, diversity, racism, ESL, immigration, education, business and other topics of interest to minorities and people working with multicultural issues. The Multicultural Advantage provides news & commentary, fresh information, viewpoints and experiences every business day from people of color working the trenches. The Multicultural Advantage provides timely coverage of workplace and education issues and trends relevant to minorities in the fields from all backgrounds and from every level – from student to CEO. It also contains in-depth how-to articles designed to help our readers grow and succeed. The site also provides resources for companies that seek to become more effective with diversity staffing.
Native Village was created as an educational and current events resource for Native youth, teens, families, educators, and friends. Their weekly publications–Native Village Youth and Education News, and Native Village Opportunities and Websites–are published on Wednesdays. Every issue shares Indian news and education across the Americas and is written in a condensed, easy-to-read format.
The Ph.D. Project:
An alliance of corporations and higher education institutions, along with numerous academic and professional associations, The Ph.D. Project utilizes a holistic approach to improve workforce diversity by diversifying business school faculties.
Workplace Diversity is the central job search website for Corporate recruiters who want to make a good faith effort to reach experienced diversity talent. They hope to bridge the gap between companies that support diversity and experienced diversity candidates by providing one central location for their recruiters to post open positions.
Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT):
Management Leadership for Tomorrow is a national nonprofit that develops African American, Hispanic and Native American young people for leadership positions in corporations, nonprofits, and entrepreneurial ventures where these minority groups are dramatically under-represented. In partnership with the top MBA programs and several blue-chip corporations (including McKinsey & Company, Goldman Sachs, PepsiCo, and Citigroup), MLT delivers programming at the critical career transition points: high school to college, college to early career, early career to MBA, and MBA to executive leadership.
MBA Diversity began as a grassroots organization in 2003 and has evolved into an MBA inclusive prep program and professional membership organization. With both American and international members, the organization has successfully created a new breed of multicultural business professional.
National Black MBA Association
The National Black MBA Association is a professional network of individuals dedicated to increasing corporate diversity and access to capital. We educate, we help, and we invest in the empowerment of black business minds.
National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA):
NSHMBA serves 32 chapters and 8,000 members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. NSHMBA exists to foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development. NSHMBA works to prepare Hispanics for leadership positions throughout the U.S. so that they can provide the cultural awareness and sensitivity vital in the management of the nation’s diverse workforce.