UAB is committed to a diverse and inclusive campus as demonstrated by the UAB Office of Equity and Diversity. The mission of this Office, is to increase, retain, and enhance faculty, student, and staff diversity at all levels of the University and to ensure equity. Accordingly, UAB maintains a series of diversity efforts under the direction of Dr. Paulette Dilworth, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. These efforts include, but are not limited to, the following: i) senior UAB administrators are responsible for providing the leadership to create meaningful progress in diversity; and ii) a requirement that all search committees for tenured and tenure-track faculty have African-American representation. In partnership with additional units across campus, such as the UAB Heersink School of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, these initiatives facilitate UAB’s strategic plan to maintain a diverse enrollment and to improve recruitment and retention of underrepresented employees. As a measure of the success of these initiatives, The Princeton Review 2012 edition of its "The Best 376 Colleges” named UAB as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education. In particular, UAB was ranked 5th in the nation in the Race/Class Interaction category, which rates campus social and ethnic diversity as well as interaction between students of different backgrounds.

Recruitment, retention, and mentoring 

UAB attracts a well-qualified pool of applicants from underrepresented groups; this is due, in large part, to its attendance at recruitment fairs for underrepresented groups, including ABRCMS and SACNAS.  Through the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts, UAB has a fundamental commitment to the identification, recruitment, retention, and career advisement of trainees from underrepresented populations. This office offers counseling and support for trainees and liaison activities among underrepresented trainees and professional organizations. It also offers networking opportunities with underrepresented faculty who can serve as role models and advisors.

Disability services 

UAB Disability Support Services (DSS) facilitates accessibility to programs, activities, and the UAB campus for all trainees. DSS also works to ensure that trainees with disabilities are protected from discrimination based on their disability, as guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. On average, over 300 trainees at UAB are registered with DSS during the academic year. Most of those registered have learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders or psychiatric disabilities. Trainees with disabilities at UAB are highly successful and are enrolled in nearly every program across the campus, including the Medical School. A variety of support services are available including assistive technology, individualized accommodation plans, and academic coaching support. DSS is advertised on the UAB website and contains disability services information and links.