Principles of Community Week
March 8th - 12th, 2021
MONDAY, MARCH 8
International Women’s Day Panels
Event includes both an in-person and a virtual component. The virtual component will include insightful discussions that will be pre-recorded and linked to a university website. If attending the in-person celebration, students can register here: International Women's Day - GobblerConnect (vt.edu)
Please choose a time slot, of which a maximum of 10 students will be able to attend. The pre-recorded panel discussion is facilitated by Maria Elisa Christie Ph.D., and features Farida Jalalzai Ph.D., Helena Carvalho Ph.D., and Najla Mouchre Ph.D., as panelists. A discussion follows with students that will be led by a facilitator. The event provides free refreshments and gift bags as well. Students must fill out the "self-assessment" on the Hokie Ready App before attending.
TUESDAY, MARCH 9
Principles of Community Conversation | 12:00 - 1:00pm
Join us to watch the InclusiveVT Insight, "What are the Principles of Community and Why are they referenced so often?" and to discuss how we can affirm the Principles of Community in our everyday actions. Register at:
What are the Principles of Community and why are they referenced so often? GobblerConnect (vt.edu)
Hokie Collective: Indigenous Identity | 2:00 - 4:00pm
Participants will explore the complexities of Indigenous identity, contrasting ways in which Native Peoples define group belonging to how federal and state governments have defined “Indian.” This introductory discussion introduces participants to the concept of Peoplehood while analyzing its capacity to advance Indigenous sovereignty and its inherent limitations. Register at: https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/event/6740698
Civility in the Age of Cancel Culture: Building Community in Student Organizations | 5:30 - 6:30pm
As part of Principle of Community Week, this panel of student organization leaders will discuss the ways organizations are building spaces that promote dialogues across differences about challenging topics with considerations of civility, free speech, and community in mind. We will discuss the relevance and actualization of the second aspect of the Principles of Community: “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.”
Leaders in CALS: A Conversation with women in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences | 7:00 - 8:30pm
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is proud to host a discussion panel with leaders in the college. CALS Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Chevon Thorpe, Department Head in Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, Dr. Tracy Rutherford, Department Head in Biochemistry, Dr. Glenda Gillaspy, Interim Department Head in Food Science and Technology, Dr. Renee Boyer, and Department Head in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Dr. Stella Volpe. This event is jointly sponsored by the CALS Diversity Council, the CALS Office of Academic Programs, and the CALS Alumni Organization and will be hosted by Erin Ling, Chair CALS Diversity Council, and Molly Wilson, CALS Director of Student Recruitment.
This webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 7-8:30 PM over Zoom.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10
Go and Come Again | 12:00pm
Segregation, Tolerance, and Reflection: A Four-Generation African American Educational Struggle
A conversation with Dr. Jerry L. Jones, a VT alumnus, and author of the New York Times featured book, Go and Come Again: Segregation, Tolerance, and Reflection: A Four-Generation African American Educational Struggle. He will share his experiences as a black southwest Virginia native and ways he has continued to encourage others to find their path! All are welcome to attend this event. Register at http://bit.ly/VTJJ2021
OIA Conversations on Race | 1:30 - 3:00pm
Global to Local View of the Refugee Crisis
A free webinar exploring the global refugee crisis and the local connection to communities in Blacksburg and Roanoke.
Register online for the webinar.
Principles of Community Conversation | 7:00 - 8:00pm
Join us to watch the InclusiveVT Insight, "What are the Principles of Community and Why are they referenced so often?" and to discuss how we can affirm the Principles of Community in our everyday actions. Register at
What are the Principles of Community and why are they referenced so often? - GobblerConnect (vt.edu)
THURSDAY, MARCH 11
VTCSOM Lunch and Learn: The Principles of Community | 1:00 - 2:00pm
Join us to watch the InclusiveVT Insight on "What are the Principles of Community and Why are they referenced so often?" and have a conversation about the Principles and how we can affirm them in our everyday actions. Register at Principles of Community | Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine | Virginia Tech (vt.edu)
FRIDAY, MARCH 12
Making the Chair Fit: Talking with POC Award Recipients | 12:00 - 1:00pm
A conversation with Dr. Bev Watford and Ms. Chris Tysor, two former recipients of the Principles of Community Award. Broadcasting from the Inclusive VT YouTube channel.