Office of Diversity and Inclusion

About Us

Dr. Charlene Gilbert

The University of Toledo is committed to building and supporting a diverse, vibrant and inclusive campus community. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion works to ensure every member of the UToledo community feels included, respected and free from discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, beliefs, age, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

As you explore our website, you will find helpful resources that fulfill UToledo's Strategic Diversity Plan. We look forward to adding many more diversity and inclusion tools for your use in the coming months, as well as supporting all members of the UToledo campuses in ways that embrace the differences that make each of us unique.

We welcome your feedback, ideas and support as we work to build and nurture a climate that protects, celebrates and embraces the rich diversity that defines our campus community.

Dr. Charlene Gilbert
Interim Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion


What does diversity, equity and inclusion mean to us?

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Our campus is enriched by the free exchange of ideas by people of diverse backgrounds, cultures and social identities. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion celebrates our diversity — differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability status, nationality, age and more. Diversity makes us all stronger.

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Not everyone arrives on campus with the same resources. This can exacerbate existing inequities. We are committed to equity — to leveling the playing field. We want to remove barriers and give you access to opportunities and resources. We want you to reach your fullest potential at The University of Toledo.

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Inclusion is about belonging and feeling like a respected and valued member of the community. Our inclusive environment invites all to participate in the classroom and on campus. We embrace differences and value your perspectives and participation.



The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will lead The University of Toledo’s community in achieving the goals set forth in the Strategic Diversity Plan. Our goals include increasing diverse representation, while fostering a community in which everyone has a sense of belonging. 

Vision and Purpose

We envision a University of Toledo that empowers individuals, expands access and meaningfully honors all voices. We envision a place where the entire community (faculty, staff and students) can be their whole selves, every day. 

We cultivate a safe, diverse community and want to harness its power to change cultures.


Departments within the office of diversity and inclusion

Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women

Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women

The Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women believes that when women and girls are empowered to reach their fullest potential we all benefit. It is committed to advancing gender equity through high-impact and innovative programs that uplift women and gender minorities, build community and mobilize changemakers.

African American students studying

The Center for Racial Equity and Black Student Excellence

The Center for Racial Equity and Black Student Excellence was established in partnership with the Africana Studies Program in response to racial unrest and awakening in the summer of 2020. Our goal is to improve racial equity in student academic outcomes and  foster a campus culture where all students feel valued, supported and equipped to reach their full potential.

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Multicultural Emerging Scholars Program

The Multicultural Emerging Scholars Program helps first-year students make the academic, social, and cultural transition from high school to college. Our goal is to inspire academic achievement in college-level courses.

Group shot of Black and Latinx Excellence Living Learning Community

Black and Latinx Excellence

Our Black and Latinx Excellence transition program is designed to help students succeed in their academic, cultural and social transition  from high school to college. Students who choose to participate move in early to campus in the fall. They also can choose to live in our Black and Latinx Excellence Living Learning Community in Parks Tower, a community of students who live and learn together.

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Minority Business Development Center - Minority Incubator

The Minority Business Development Center offers assistance for minority-owned, early-stage firms. It nurtures entrepreneurial and economic development in the Toledo community by providing office space, training, mentoring and a network of professional advisors.

Last Updated: 11/16/21