Diversity, Inclusion & Respect
Facilities Management embraces diversity, inclusion and equality within the University and those characteristics that make everyone unique. Join the Facilities Management Diversity, Inclusion and Respect (DIR) Committee by getting involved and utilizing the resources compiled here to champion diversity, inclusion and respect within Facilities Management.
Mission Statement of DIR Committee
Creating and caring for the physical environment in which those who seek enlightenment, knowledge, health and productive lives can flourish. Facilities Management is committed to improve awareness of and increase appreciation for diversity, inclusion and equality. The Facilities Management Diversity Team was created to continue the efforts and foster greater respect and understanding of diversity within the organization.
Excellence, innovation, and leadership in our support of the education, research, health care and public service mission of the University.
Ways to get involved
Join the Facilities Management Diversity and Inclusion Committee by getting involved and utilizing the resources compiled on the DIR webpage to champion diversity, inclusion and respect within Facilities Management.
- View the February 2020 DIR Digest new
- View the January 2020 DIR Digest
- View the December 2019 DIR Digest
- View the November 2019 DIR Digest
- View the October 2019 DIR Newsletter
- Read Occupational Programs 2019 Annual Report new
Employee Engagement Representatives
The Facilities Management Diversity, Inclusion and Respect Committee has started a department-wide initiative to have Employee Engagement Representatives throughout all areas of Facilities Management. This program supports the committee’s goals to create an engaging environment that celebrates employees, improve supervisor-employee relationships and provide employee support. The representatives are employee volunteers and committee members who keep employees in their assigned areas aware of ongoing programs and opportunities. Representatives also listen to feedback from employees about ways to improve employee engagement and inclusion.
- October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This observance was launched in 1945 when Congress declared the first week in October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1998, the week was extended to a month and renamed. The annual event draws attention to employment barriers that still need to be addressed.
- October is LGBT History Month, a U.S. observance started in 1994 to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the history of the gay-rights movement.
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- National Italian American Heritage Month
- October 6: Civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer's birthday, one of the first black Americans to register to vote.
- October 8-9: Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, a day of atonement marked by fasting and ceremonial repentance.
- October 13-20: Sukkot, a seven-day Jewish festival giving thanks for the fall harvest.
- October 26: 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's
- October 27: Diwali, one of the most important festivals of the year for Hindus, celebrates different gods and goddesses.
- October 31: All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween), a celebration observed in a number of countries on the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day.
- The Safe Space network is made up of University faculty, staff, and students who are committed to being allies to the entire LGBTQ+ community.
- Through performance and dialogue, UVA Acts promotes preventative practices that foster equitable, vibrant spaces for working and learning at the University of Virginia.
- We invite you to engage in the University's professional learning community—whether novice or skilled expert—and join a culture of trust, respect, diversity, life-long learning, and service excellence that inspires shared leadership. UVA Human Resources Course Offerings Schedule
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