The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is committed to creating a climate that reflects the diversity of its students, staff, and faculty in its teaching, research projects, Extension programs and international activities. Likewise, the College respects individuals for their unique qualities, and their many contributions toward enhancing a culturally rich, university environment.
The College Diversity Council provides college-wide leadership to promote diversity, guides the recruitment and retention of employees, and supports the inclusion of all people in educational programs and services The Council’s goal is to support Virginia Tech in its quest to be a supportive, academic environment that is fully cognizant of individual differences. The Council is also committed to help each person fulfill his/her potential for academic excellence.
Inclusion in Action
Extension brings healthy cooking classes to Hispanic families in Charlottesville
When Habitat for Humanity suggested Family and Consumer Sciences Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent Ian Pasquarelli’s programming would be of interest to the mainly Hispanic and low-income community of Southwood in Charlottesville, he set about developing a Spanish-language component for his family nutrition programming that has proven to be wildly successful with community members.
- Extension brings healthy cooking classes to Hispanic families in Charlottesville
Diverse communities connect through community gardens in Arlington
Arlington County may just be one locality in the heavily populated area of Northern Virginia, but this relatively small spot of land that borders the District of Columbia is home to a population that hails from all regions of the globe including Asia, Central and South America, Africa, and the Middle East.
- Diverse communities connect through community gardens in Arlington
Inmates learn pest management skills
An insect problem in Rustburg Correctional Unit #9 in Rustburg, Va., became a community service opportunity for Campbell County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent Todd Scott.
- Inmates learn pest management skills
Extension helps Hispanic families advance by partnering with Avancemos Roanoke
As a Virginia Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Services Extension Agent in Roanoke, Va., Deborah Chappell is accustomed to serving others in her community. So, it’s no surprise that not only does she use her Extension skills to bring the message of healthy eating to those in her community who most need it, but she also volunteers on the board of Avancemos Roanoke — an organization that assists Latino populations in the Roanoke Valley — to provide educational opportunities for local Hispanic residents.
- Extension helps Hispanic families advance by partnering with Avancemos Roanoke
Food Security Project helps eradicate food deserts in Virginia
Meredith Ledlie Johnson’s goal in managing Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Food Security project is to make food accessible in communities plagued by a dearth of nutritious affordable food.
- Food Security Project helps eradicate food deserts in Virginia
College honors those who promote diversity
Three individuals from the college were recently recognized for their commitment to promoting diversity within the college and Virginia Tech.
- College honors those who promote diversity
Chair, Diversity Council
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Vice Chair, Diversity Council
Recording Secretary, Diversity Council
- Diversity Showcase
- October 2017
- Diversity in Agriculture and Life Science Panel Discussion
- April 25, 2017
- Women in Agriculture and Life Sciences Panel Discussion
- March 31, 2017
- College Diversity Council
- Diversity Program
- Diversity and Inclusion Service Award
- Diversity Incentive Fund
- Division of Student Affairs
- Human Resources
- Inclusion and Diversity
- Student Success Center
- USDA Equal Opportunity Guides
- Virginia Tech Diversity
- Virginia Tech Principles of Community