New program seeks to foster deeper conversations about diversity and inclusion on campus
February 21, 2014
Virginia Tech's Office for Diversity and Inclusion has launched a new program, Bringing Diversity and Inclusion to the Streets of Virginia Tech.
The week-long program allows faculty, staff, and students from a particular college to better understand what Virginia Tech is doing to encourage diversity and inclusion on campus and is designed to inspire deeper conversations about diversity and inclusion.
One-on-one meetings with deans, associate deans, department heads, and other faculty and staff; brown bag lunch sessions; and open door sessions are being held to encourage greater dialog. Participants are being invited to meet with William T. Lewis, vice president for diversity and inclusion, to discuss opportunities and challenges they face in their college.
These sessions allow the Office for Diversity and Inclusion to better understand the campus needs and help the community learn more about programs Virginia Tech offers. After the week of meetings and open door sessions, Lewis will submit a list of recommendations to the dean of the college based on Virginia Tech’s Diversity Strategic Plan in hope of supporting a more inclusive environment in the college.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is hosting the program this week. The Pamplin College of Business is scheduled to host the program next week.
For information about the program or how to sign up for the open door sessions in your college contact Marcie Bishop at 540-231-7500.
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