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In the pursuit of Inclusive Excellence...


Diversity enriches educational and professional lives, and together we seek to enhance the ways in which we relate to all people. Our commitment to diversity is grounded in the Virginia Tech Principles of Community as well as a new minor in Diversity and Community Engagement.


How the College Diversity Committee defines diversity

The term “diversity” refers to the desirability and value of many kinds of individual differences while at the same time acknowledging and respecting that socially constructed difference based on certain characteristics exist within systems of power that create and sustain inequality, hierarchy, and privilege. The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences is determined to eliminate these forms of inequality, hierarchy, and privilege in our programs and practices.

In this sense, diversity is to be actively advanced because it fosters excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement. Successful diversity strategies are those that promote long-term change in attitudes and culture, resulting in institutional change leading to greater diversity, opportunity, and excellence. It is our hope that this strategic diversity plan for the college will lead us in a positive direction in the years to come.

College Diversity Committee

Open to faculty, staff, and students, the College Diversity Committee meets monthly under the guidance of Diversity Fellow Richard Masters and Associate Dean for Research Tom Ewing.


Meet Justin Graves

    Justin Graves
Justin Graves, who received his bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2012, will graduate in 2014 with a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies. Listen to his TEDX talk titled “Actively Serving Others.”

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