Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

At the University of the South, our commitment to inclusion and belonging is grounded in our core values of community, courage, flourishing, and inquiry. We seek to build a community enriched by our diversity and centered on equity, justice, mutual respect, and shared responsibility.

Our Vision

We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with mutual respect and dignity regardless of difference, and to feel a strong sense of belonging, connection, safety, and value within our community.

Our Mission

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is one of the University of the South's Four Pillars.
Our mission is to foster an equitable and inclusive living, learning, and working environment that allows each member of our community - students, faculty, and staff - to flourish. We achieve this mission by integrating equity, fairness, and care into our campus culture and institutional policies, practices, and programs.

The Office of Inclusive Excellence

The university is committed to fostering diverse, equitable, and inclusive living and learning environments for all student populations.

Department of Equity, Equal Opportunity, & Title IX

The University of the South is dedicated to creating an environment free of sex discrimination.

TRHT Campus Center

Sewanee's TRHT Campus Center is focused on four goals:

  1. Creating a positive narrative about race in our community
  2. Promoting racial healing activities on campus and in our community
  3. Erasing institutional barriers to equal treatment
  4. Preparing the next generation of leaders to build just and equitable communities

Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CDEI) serves as the advisory and recommending body to the Vice Provost of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer.

Indigenous Engagement Initiative

In November 2021, in recognition of National Indigenous/American Indian Heritage Month, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion launched the Indigenous Engagement Council (IEC), which has become the Indigenous Engagement Initiative (IEI).


The Sewanee CREATE (Conversation-Rich Education for Anti-racist Teaching and learning Environments) team facilitates open, honest dialogues about race and racism that are open to all.

Partner with DEI

Are you planning to bring a lecture, program, or other event to campus that connects to the values, vision, and mission of DEI? DEI has a limited amount of funding available on an annual basis for sponsorship of such events. Click the link below to make a request!