Principles of Community Week 2019


Principles of Community Week
March 18 – 22, 2019

Virginia Tech thrives on being a welcoming, accessible, and inclusive campus for all. We take pride in valuing our freedom to speak and our ability to talk to each other across differences through civil and respectful dialogue. Our commitment to these values are embodied in our Principles of Community. This is an important opportunity to mark our progress and acknowledge that there is much work to do as we continue to embrace an inclusive environment. 

  • We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate for work and learning based on mutual respect and understanding.
  • We affirm the right of each person to express thoughts and opinions freely. We encourage open expression within a climate of civility, sensitivity, and mutual respect.
  • We affirm the value of human diversity because it enriches our lives and the University. We acknowledge and respect our differences while affirming our common humanity.
  • We reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including those based on age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias and discrimination and for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others.
  • We pledge our collective commitment to these principles in the spirit of the Virginia Tech motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).


Voice silent histories. Be immersed in history. Take part in creating history. Preview the Council on VT History's first public showcasing of its projects!

A week of events in mid-March will help the Virginia Tech community reflect on principles that guide the institution’s values. Virginia Tech, Principles of Community is an extremely important initiative. There will be a host of events and speakers throughout this week to promote inclusion and encourage learning and growth throughout the VT community.

We invite you to participate in these activities as we continue to build community throughout our campus.

Check this site often as we will continue to populate this page with more events.



University-Wide Events

Monday, March 18

Principles of Community Workshop
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
2410 North End Center

Learn about the history behind the creation of the Principles of Community and ways to promote the principles across campus.
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Tuesday, March 19

POC Informal Breakfast for faculty and staff in PCOB
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Pamplin Room 1028

Black Maternal Health: Implicit Bias in Medicine
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
BTCSO, Student Commons
2 Riverside Circle

Caucus Reception
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Holtzman Alumni Center

An Onstage Conversation with Zadie Smith
7:30 p.m.
Moss Arts Center
New York Times bestselling novelist Zadie Smith was born in North London in 1975 to an English father and a Jamaican mother and graduated from Cambridge in 1997. Her acclaimed first novel, White Teeth, is a vibrant portrait of contemporary multicultural London, told through the stories of three ethnically diverse families. The book won many awards, including the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and two awards from the Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy. Since her debut novel, Smith has established herself not just as one of the world’s preeminent fiction writers, but also a brilliant and singular essayist. She regularly contributes to The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. Just released in February, her collection of essays, Feel Free, offers a survey of important recent events in culture and politics, as well as her own life. Smith is a tenured professor of creative writing at New York University.

We affirm the value of human diversity


Coffee and Community for ICTAS employees
8:30 a.m.
Kelly Hall Room 310

Council on VT History Program
3:00 p.m.
Newman Library
Learning from the experiences that shape Virginia Tech as an institution, we acknowledge those aspects of our legacy that reflected bias and exclusion. Therefore, we adopt and practice the following principles as fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members.

For more information Go to Council on VT History Website

If not now, When? If not you, Who? Talk by Sean-Patrick Lovett
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
GLC Auditorium

We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person


Viewing and Discussion: "Battle of the Sexes"
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
2420 North End Center
Based on the true story of the 1973 tennis match between women’s champion Billie Jean King and former men’s champion Bobby Riggs. Explore how King fights for gender equality and struggles to come to terms with her own sexuality.

Promoting Democratic Speech in the Classroom
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Togersen 1120
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According to the Anti-Defamation League, incidents of white supremacist propaganda on college campuses has doubled during the 2017/2018 academic year. Extremists groups affiliated with propaganda threatening minoritized groups such as Jews, Blacks, Muslims, non-white immigrants and LGBTQ+ people, are protected from sanction by claiming their first amendment right to free speech. What recourse do universities have? How can universities be sites of justice-seeking conversation and discourse?

Roundtable" Teaching Pathways 7: Critical Analysis of Equity and Identity in the U.S.
12:30 p.m. 
Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Building, Room 5
*Sometime during the week, the Food Science and Technology is hosting a POC global breakfast for their department.

We affirm the right of each person to express thoughts and opinions freely