President's Office

Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Montevallo strives to foster an environment that strengthens, advances, and sustains increased diversity, equity, and inclusion while actively promoting social justice in all its educational and community spaces.

Diversity Strategic Plan Outcomes

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Promote and Sustain a
Diverse and Inclusive Campus Environment

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Support Students through
Equitable Access, Opportunities, and Outcomes

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Advance Curriculum and Learning
for Intercultural Competence

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Advocate for Academic Inclusivity

Our Goal

More than a temporary initiative or the effort of a single office, successful promotion of inclusive excellence at the University of Montevallo is dependent on the campus community engaging and valuing the diversity of all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners. The primary goal of this inclusive approach is to prioritize diversity, inclusion, and equity as core values of the University, while collaborating with various entities on campus to create an environment where everyone has the access and opportunity to thrive and grow, while recognizing their value in an ever-shifting global community.

The University of Montevallo is committed to fostering an open environment that is welcoming to individuals of all backgrounds through the goals, initiatives, programs, workshops, and events guided by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Our Purpose

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion aims to create an engaged campus climate with the expectation that everyone contributes to inclusive excellence. We are committed to working both inside and outside of the classroom to support this purpose through the design and development of educational programs and experiences that recognize, value, and allow engagement with diverse viewpoints that comprise our community and the world around us.

Our aim is to nurture and advocate for a strong community of learners, educators, and professionals while providing authentic opportunities that allow our students to become highly effective leaders and engaged citizens.

This web page serves as a gateway to UM’s inclusive excellence efforts and resources. Here, you will find information to help you contribute in these efforts. We welcome you to become a change agent in diversity by advancing inclusiveness and equity, while advocating for social justice.

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 Recruitment and Retention Coordinator