Latanya is the Virginia Tech Alumni Association's Director of Alumni Relations for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement. In this role, Latanya coordinates on and off-campus activities to promote diverse alumni involvement. This includes planning and partnering with both university and community members for reunions, university programming events, student organizational events, and varied on- and off-campus alumni chapter happenings. In addition, she works to promote and support the activities and successes of Virginia Tech’s diverse constituency, which includes writing articles and providing opportunities for networking, community engagement, and mentoring.
Definitely a local, Latanya moved to her mom’s hometown of Blacksburg, Virginia when she was ten years old. Following her graduation from Blacksburg High School, Latanya earned her B.S. in Family and Child Development from Virginia Tech. After several years of teaching pre-school and working with the Shawsville Head Start, she began graduate school at Radford University and completed her M.S. in Counseling and Human Development, with a focus in school counseling. For two years, she advised undergraduates in the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and then went on to serve as counselor and assistant director of the VT Upward Bound Program for 13 years.