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What is the Diverse Professionals’ Network?

The Diverse Professionals’ Network (DPN) is a networking initiative that aims to connect underrepresented colleagues across the New River and Roanoke Valleys. In the spirit of Ut Prosim, we are committed to building community, increasing representational diversity, and creating a warm campus climate through community gatherings hosted in Roanoke, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford, and more! The goal of DPN is to create positive culture of diversity and inclusion in and beyond Blacksburg. The DPN focuses attention on the needs of underrepresented minority faculty, staff and community members so that they can feel more whole as they engage with and educate Virginia Tech students. The Diverse Professionals Network aligns with the goals of the InclusiveVT Difference that aims to create a more just and inclusive world where Hokies are prepared to be of service to anyone, anywhere, at any time.


Monday, January 16 | 12:00-2:30PM

Moss Arts Center

Featuring a brunch buffet and live music.

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MLK Jazz Brunch 2023 flyer
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How can you support this diversity initiative?

You, your office, or your college/division can support this initiative by becoming a DPN Partner. DPN Partners contribute to the planning, execution, and financial costs of a DPN event. We are currently looking for DPN Partners for the 2023 MLK Jazz Brunch. For more information please contact Chatrice Barnes, Director for Faculty Diversity and Community Engagement, at or text 540-525-6860.

If there are any other Minority Owned Businesses that do not appear on this list, please contact Chatrice Barnes (

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