Diversity in the college
As we continue to interact in a global environment, we need to develop a multicultural awareness so we can achieve and act with moral courage in a fast-changing, interdependent environment.
As a college where learning, discovery, and engagement involve students, faculty, staff , communities and the world around us, we have the unique opportunity to shape this world. We will continue to provide an education and work place that instills the fundamental values of respect for diversity. The key to success for students, staff, and faculty retention is their feeling of acceptance, inclusion and accomplishment.
We are excited to continue our work as a college community that is fully cognizant of individual differences. We are committed to empower each individual to fulfill his/her potential for academic and professional excellence.. Each one plays an important role in planning, implementing, and realizing our goals. We can do no less if we hope to strengthen the fabric of our college for a changing, dynamic future.
InclusiveVT College Diversity Initiatives
- Initiative No. 1 — Leadership training and communications (DOCX | 35KB)
- Initiative No. 2 — Civil Rights Training and Compliance (DOCX | 29KB)
- Initiative No. 3 — Inclusive Teaching Practices (DOCX | 29KB)
- Initiative No. 4 — Virginia Cooperative Extension Diversity and Inclusion Fellows (DOCX | 29KB)
College Diversity Enhancement Award
The Diversity Enhancement Award, established in 2006 by the Diversity Council of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, recognizes outstanding diversity accomplishments of faculty, staff, and students in the college. Recipients will have demonstrated a commitment to diversity through teaching, research, Extension, or international programs.
Past award winners were:
- Dr. Randy Grayson, George Washington Carver Program for Graduate Students
- John Galbraith, Associate Professor, Crop & Soil Environmental Sciences
- Brielle Wright, Graduate Student, Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education
- Dixie Watts Dalton, adjunct faculty, Agricultural and Applied Economics
- David Winston, Extension specialist, dairy science
- Alinda Uzel, retired Extension agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, and
- Bobbie Potter, recruitment and community college liaison.
- Susan Rosebrough, staff member, Biological Systems Engineering
College Diversity Incentive Fund
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences encourages faculty, staff and students to create new opportunities that increase the understanding of, appreciation for, and advocacy of diversity issues. The CALS Diversity Incentive Fund is specifically designed to provide support for new, innovative and creative approaches to raise awareness, engage learners, and change behaviors about diversity and inclusion within the academic community as well as the broader communities that the College serves. Examples of programs that may be supported include lectures, symposia, workshops, conferences, performances, assessment activities, and other innovative approaches for addressing diversity as conceived in the University‘s Principles of Community.
Past award winners were:
- 2015: Eric Kaufman, associate professor, Agricultural Leadership, and Community Education
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