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College Diversity Council

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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 environment at the university.    

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 or her potential for academic excellence.


Black History Month
Feb. 1 – 28
Events university-wide

Consciousness: Caribbean Feminisms and the Politics of Knowledge
Dr. Tonya Haynes
Tuesday, Feb. 19
7-9 p.m.
Fralin Auditorium

Reimagining Trans
Robin Dembroff
Friday, Feb. 22
4-6 p.m.
Lavery Hall 350

Transformative Perspectives in Agriculture: A Personal Narrative
Nate Looney
Monday, Feb. 25
6:30 p.m., followed by reception
Holtzman Alumni Center Auditorium

Transformation Perspectives in Agriculture: A Discussion with Nate Looney
Tuesday, Feb. 26
2-3 p.m.
Join via Zoom or via Skype for Business

The Other Nègre: The Treatment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People in Uganda and South Africa
Nathalie Etoke
Tuesday, Feb. 26
7-9 p.m.
Fralin Auditorium

El Centro Latinx Symposium
March 21-22
Call for proposals and poster sessions

LGBTQ+ Q*mmunity Support Group
Mondays, 5:30-7 p.m.
Squires 227, the LGBTQ+ Resource Center

Inclusion in Action

  • 2021 Faculty/Staff Award Recipients The university congratulates faculty and staff members for their contributions in a number of categories, from advising students to championing outreach and research. May 11, 2021
  • Pride and hope for rural schoolchildren: Virginia Tech researcher on a mission to flip narratives “Popular media and dominant narratives don’t always cast rural people or places in a favorable way. Like all places, rural communities are complex and not without challenges, but young people deserve to see that their rural communities have value,” said Amy Azano, an associate professor in the School of Education. May 06, 2021
  • Alumna doing her part to bring diversity to field of veterinary medicine Tierra Price, a 2020 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, has created BlackDVM Network — a comprehensive platform consisting of a website, social media accounts, and a YouTube page designed to help Black veterinary professionals connect, grow, and advance within the field of veterinary medicine. May 05, 2021
  • As faculties become more diverse, these researchers want to help citations catch up Stefan Duma and Bethany Rowson worked with the editorial board of the Biomedical Engineering Society to recommend that authors publishing papers in the society's four journals include a citation diversity statement. May 05, 2021
  • Megan Weaver earns major dissertation award for ‘anti-racist’ research on language bias “One of the most pervasive beliefs about language that we engage with on a daily basis is standard language ideology,” said Weaver, a collegiate assistant professor of rhetoric and writing in the Virginia Tech Department of English. “In the United States, this results in a bias toward an idealized language variety modeled after the spoken and written language of white, upper-middle-class language users.” May 03, 2021
  • 2021 Diversity Scholars will share their projects virtually on May 7 The Graduate School developed the Diversity Scholars program in 2012 to help students develop and implement projects to improve inclusion and diversity through dialogue, advocacy, and change in programs, units, and colleges across the university’s campuses. Apr 30, 2021


Erin Ling
Chair, Diversity Council
1230 Washington St. SW
HABB1 302F

Vice Chair, Diversity Council

Karen Barnhart
Recording Secretary, Diversity Council

Chevon N. Thorpe
Assistant Dean of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity
1350 Litton-Reaves Hall, Virginia Tech
175 West Campus Drive
(540) 232-8702