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At the University of Virginia, we not only envision a community of understanding, tolerance, and respect, but one of celebrating our differences and our similarities. On February 18-19, 2000, the University of Virginia launched a year of self-examination and reflection on the topic of diversity in all aspects of the University's life. In an initiative requested by President John T. Casteen III, the charge was to deepen understanding of the significance of diversity in the context of the University, and to devise a plan of action that would realize and sustain diversity in all University activities. We continue that charge through Envisioning Diversity.
Additionally, the Board of Visitors in April 2003 established The Special Committee on Diversity who has been asked to review diversity initiatives at the University in coordination with the President's Commission on Diversity established by President John T. Casteen, III.