The Center for Diversity Innovation generates, translates, and diffuses empirical research on diversity, equity and inclusion, and utilizes that research to design and communicate diversity and inclusion best practices through educational materials, trainings and consultations.

CDI draws from a wealth of research to provide understandable, application-oriented summaries and data-driven insights that can inform organizational practices, as well as ways to cultivate a more inclusive lens on the world, promoting deeper examination of how we all think about similarity and difference.

UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholars

As part of a recurring, year-long program, the UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholars program brings a large cohort of highly accomplished scholars and artists whose work elucidates social inequality and advances social justice to the university and Buffalo community.*  Led by the Center for Diversity Innovation in the College of Arts & Sciences, the program engages the entire UB community, providing opportunities for new scholarly, artistic, curricular, and pedagogical collaborations and access to scholars’ work through public presentations, performances, exhibitions, guest lectures in classes, workshops, mini-conferences, and informal social gatherings.  Each scholar hosts two, year-long mentoring circles to supplement existing academic, personal, and professional support for undergraduate and graduate students. 

The Distinguished Visiting Scholars are housed in a dedicated suite of offices on the 6th floor of Clemens Hall (North Campus), facilitating a rich cohort experience and joint engagement with UB faculty, staff, and students throughout the academic year.


*  STEM scholars who are members of historically underepresented groups per the program description, have experience mentoring minoritized students, and who are interested in contributing to STEM department diversity and inclusion efforts at UB are encouraged to apply.


Prof. Devonya N. Havis visits a classroom and talks with students.

Prof. Devonya N. Havis engages with students in Prof. Jasmina Tumbas's "Image and Gender" class.

Faculty Experts

Robert Adelman.

The University at Buffalo is home to world-class academic units, research centers, and departments supporting the work of dozens of diversity, equity, and inclusion scholars across social science-related fields.

How We Define Diversity

Group photo of UB students with guest speaker, Dr. Katherine W. Phillips.

Diversity refers to the range of human differences including race, ethnicity, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, religion, socio-economic status, veteran status, and—within educational settings—international, first-generation, transfer and returning student status.


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