Principles of Community Award


The Presidential Principles of Community Award were established in 2014. The Office for Inclusion and Diversity has the honor of sponsoring these awards. Winners are selected by the Commission on Equal Opportunity and Diversity.

  • Nominations for the award may come from alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members.
  • Tenure-track, research, administrative/professional faculty, instructors, staff, departments, and teams are eligible.
  • Nominations must be submitted online
  • The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. February 1st, 2019. Nominees will be contacted to complete an application packet.

The application package must include the following:

  • A personal letter from the applicant (not to exceed four 4 pages) that describes the nominee's commitment and contributions to diversity and inclusion at Virginia Tech.
  • Two letters of support (not to exceed 2 pages each).
  • Any additional documentation as needed to support the nomination. This could include but is not limited to: a CV or resume, news articles, certificates, (descriptions of) presentations or speaking engagements.


Suggested points  the nominee should  cover in application letter:

  • Programs and/or activities and how these address inclusion and diversity needs and interests at Virginia Tech.
  • Expertise and contributions related to inclusion and diversity.
  • Evidence of communication and networking with diverse communities.
  • Leadership for inclusion and diversity
  • Professional or scholarly activities related to inclusion and diversity.
  • Examples of commitments outside of work-related activities


Application packets must be received by 5 p.m., February 25th, 2019. Candidates may use one of the following options for submission:

PDF format emailed to
Hard copy to Principles of Diversity Awards Selection Committee, Office for Inclusion and Diversity, 336 Burruss Hall, Campus Mail 0216.

The candidate(s) will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Provides evidence of a strong commitment to inclusion and diversity in order to foster a welcoming climate.
  • Promotes and facilitates equitable education and social engagement with and between people of varying ethnic or religious backgrounds, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, physical and mental capabilities, etc.
  • Implements work practices (including teaching and research) to create inclusive and initiatives that help to enrich the lives of Virginia Tech stakeholders and/or community members.
  • Exhibits visionary and insightful leadership to confront and resolve inequities through strategic decision-making, collaborations, allocation of resources, or inclusive teaching practices.
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to the Principles of Community that goes beyond the call of duty.