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President's Office

Diversity and Inclusion

Our Goal

More than a short-term project or the effort of a single office, achieving inclusive excellence at the University of Montevallo depends on how the campus community values and engages with the diversity of its students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners. The primary goal of this approach to inclusive excellence is to make diversity, inclusion and equity core values of the entire university through collaboration with different entities on campus with a focus on creating an environment where everyone is able to thrive and grow while recognizing their value in an ever changing global community.

The University of Montevallo is committed to creating an open environment that is welcoming to all individuals. The following goals represent UM’s commitment to this diversity, inclusion and equity:

Goal One – Institutional Viability and Vitality: Create an environment that values models excellence for increasing diversity.

Goal Two – Student Access and Success: Diversify the student body of the University of Montevallo by implementing strategies to enhance recruitment, retention and matriculation.

Goal Three – Faculty/Staff/Administrators: The University of Montevallo is committed to a diverse workforce in support of a globally-focused liberal arts curriculum.

Goal Four – Community Relations: Incorporate diverse values to cultivate and enrich community relationships.

Our Purpose

We aim to create an engaged campus climate with the expectation that everyone will make a contribution to inclusive excellence. We are committed to working inside and outside of the classroom to support this vision. We will create educational programs and experiences that recognize, value and engage with diverse viewpoints that make up our community and the world around us.

Our aim is not only to make us a stronger community of learners, educators and professionals, but also to enable our students to become highly effective leaders and professionals in their careers and their communities.

This web page serves as the portal to UM’s inclusive excellence efforts and resources. Here, you will find information to help you contribute in these efforts and we invite you to make a difference in diversity by practicing inclusiveness and equity.

Our Team

Kristy Lee headshotDr. Kristalyn Lee

Director of Executive Affairs






Dr. Gregory SamuelsDr. Gregory L. Samuels, Ph.D.

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer






Jason Perry headshotJason Perry

Student Diversity and Recruitment Coordinator