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About Us

People share a fundamental right to work and learn in a safe environment. The Department of Equity and Inclusion strives to provide a safe environment that is conducive to intellectual engagement, learning, and working in positive ways. We focus our work on systemic issues by addressing policy and procedural concerns.

"Diversity, Equity and Inclusion" is more than a name, it is a spirit. We remind each other daily not only what our laws call for but also what Emory's strong collective spirit of fairness demands. We respect the dignity and worth of each human being in our community and support the sharing of different values and perspectives. We work to:

  • Foster an inclusive community that promotes a positive educational environment, fairness, and access, and
  • Support compliance efforts as they relate to equal opportunities and affirmative action laws and regulations

Colleagues on our team work with faculty, staff, students, hospital employees, alumni, and visitors on related aspects that include:

  • University Title IX
  • Discrimination and harassment management
  • Affirmative action plans and implementation
  • Educational programming
  • Best practices for searches and hires
  • Access and disability services

We are here to help. Visit our office locations and browse our staff directory to find individual contact information.

ODEI Mission Statement

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) ensures Emory University's compliance with Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act federal regulations. ODEI also monitors and executes the university's Equal Opportunity Policy.

ODEI is committed to promoting a fair and accessible campus environment for the Emory University community through collaboration with our university partners.

In support of these principles, ODEI:

  • Advocates for equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran's status, or any other factor that is a prohibited consideration under applicable law
  • Promotes recruitment and retention of qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Conducts prompt, unbiased review and adjudication of discrimination and harassment complaints
  • Protects students from sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, by any university employee, other students, or a non-employee third party
  • Assures reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities, and
  • Provides a wide variety of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title IX/Disability educational programs and training.

We conduct our work within the framework and spirit of Emory University values and policies.