Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


“The purpose of education is not to make information accessible, but rather to teach learners how to transform accessible information into usable knowledge.” -- Introduction to the UDL Guidelines (CAST, 2012)

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework that guides the design of learning goals, materials, methods, and assessments while keeping in mind the diversity of learners and the variety of characteristics and experiences brought to the academic experience.

COAA - Creating Accessible Materials

We all want to "get it right" when it comes to providing access to our digital world including our digital content. It is important to remember accessibility is not an all or nothing endeavor. Going at this with a perfectionist mindset can be overwhelming and freeze you in your tracks. It is simply impossible to make all of your digital content 100% accessible for 100% of your users.

The most important thing is to start on the journey and learn some core skills of creating accessible, usable digital content.

Guidelines for Instructors: Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment

Instructors play a pivotal role in the shaping of the learning environment. In addition to creating courses that fulfill the learning objectives of the department and school, there is an added requirement of creating a course that is not only accessible to students with disabilities but also incorporate pedagogy that is inclusive to students regardless of background, experiences, and customs.

Jennie S. Knight

Jennie S. Knight, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Development
Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Development
Jennie S. Knight, Ph. D.  serves as Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Development, where she develops, leads, and oversees faculty development programs to empower faculty from across UVA to thrive at all stages of their careers.