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The InclusiveVT Summit will be August 20 at Virginia Tech

This is an annual InclusiveVT Touchpoint event that brings together diversity and inclusion stakeholders across the university to prepare for the upcoming academic year.

Nationally recognized as a leader, scholar, and author of four books on issues of race, class, gender, diversity, education, women’s leadership, and critical race feminism, Dr. Menah Pratt is the Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Diversity and Professor of Education at Virginia Tech.

Menah’s Meditation: Pride and the Continuing Fight

“Civil rights are not given. You must fight to get them, then, fight to keep them.”
– Anita Cameron

This week marks the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the observance of Disability Pride Month, which is celebrated in July because of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These decisive laws have not only impacted individual lives—they have shaped generations and possible futures for marginalized Americans in ways we won’t understand for decades to come.

However, the Civil Rights Act and ADA are not where the fight stops. These laws are not perfect, and there is still much work to do.

President Tim Sands announces a $500 million fundraising effort for Virginia Tech Advantage and recognizes a $10 million gift toward that goal. Photo by Clark DeHart for Virginia Tech.
President Tim Sands announces a $500 million fundraising effort for Virginia Tech Advantage and recognizes a $10 million gift toward that goal. Photo by Clark DeHart for Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech Advantage is an integrated program to provide a broad educational experience to undergraduates from the Commonwealth of Virginia who have financial need.

Two university-level working groups developed strategies to enhance undergraduate student experiences and financial feasibility. Among them: a) increasing financial support for undergraduate students, and b) increasing support for basic needs, career preparation, and transformational learning experiences.

Inclusive Campus Resources

The Janie Hoge Memorial Scholarship Fund

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Mrs. Janie Hoge

From 1953 to 1959, Janie Hoge and her husband William, housed eight Black Virginia Tech students in their home at 306 Clay Street. At this time, segregation prevented the students from participating in any non-academic amenities, including living or eating on campus.

Every day, Janie prepared three meals, cleaned their bedrooms, washed and ironed their clothing, and provide them with a safe, caring and supportive home. Partially due to her efforts and their own fortitude, these students would achieve success.

Honor Mrs. Hoge’s legacy by giving to the Janie Hoge Memorial Scholarship. Our goal is to raise $100,000. This endowment will support students in perpetuity.

Virtual Safe Zone at Virginia Tech

VirTual Safe Zone: A new campus model for personal and professional development.

Virginia Tech was chosen as a Diversity Champion in the 2023 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award selection from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. As a recipient of the annual HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — Virginia Tech will be featured, along with other recipients, in the November/December 2023 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. This honor is bestowed upon a limited number of colleges and universities across the nation, and this is the eighth consecutive year Virginia Tech has been named as a HEED Award recipient.

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The Vice President's Corner

 The Office for Inclusion and Diversity and the diversity liaisons, directors, deans, and committees across campus are a powerful resource and I hope that each of you will be even more engaged and involved this year by attending and participating in programs and learning opportunities. Our website has been updated and is a wealth of information. Please visit it regularly at

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