InclusiveVT Week 2019

September 8 - 13

Students descended on Dietrick Lawn for free ice cream provided by Homestead Creamery, as well as Aspirations t-shirts and Field Guides. Part of the Hokie Hi event series, the Division of Student Affairs hosted and sponsored the event.

InclusiveVT Week

InclusiveVT Week: Where Everyone Belongs

September 8 - 13, 2019

InclusiveVT Week occurs annually the week after Labor Day. It is dedicated to adhering to and promoting the institutional and individual commitment to Ut Prosim (that I may serve) in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence.

InclusiveVT Week provides a platform for faculty, staff and students to engage, share ideas and connect through activities which celebrate our diverse communities and strengthen our inclusive culture. 

To take part in events and activities happening during the week, please refer to the list below.   

University-wide Events

ALCE 2414: Identity and Inclusion in Agriculture and Life Sciences, An exhibition of student works
August 30-November 22
Location: Newman Library, 2nd floor
Through creative expression, students in ALCE 2414 examined some of the barriers to inclusion and diversity within the US food system. Come see their works and share your perspective in this interactive exhibit.

SOAR Take Off
September 8
Haymarket Theater, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

"The March", 5:15 - 5:30 pm

Cookout at Solitude, 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Food, music, & motivation! RSVP by September 5.

This event is designed to motivate our returning and incoming class of students! Our Hokies will have the opportunity to hear insights and remarks from student leaders and administrators to encourage them and provide tools for success for this upcoming semester! We want our students to feel welcome in knowing that we are a community.

Students will partake in a Pep Rally assembly in the Haymarket Theater, which will include music, speakers, a pledge, and swag giveaways!

Following Haymarket, we will instruct participants to meet us at the Pylons to gather for the parade across the Drillfield. We will march from the Pylons to our cookout location at Solitude.

College of Architecture and Urban Studies Diversity Committee presents Cinema Reset: SOVA x NOLA Exhibit
September 9-13
Reception: September 11 from 4:00 -5:00 pm
Location: Cowgill Lobby


Athletics Diversity and Inclusion Council 
Diversity Bingo
Monday, September 9, 2019 from 9 am – 11 am
Merryman Athletics Center Lobby
Use Bingo Cards to interact and learn more about each other and to reinforce the value of inclusivity for our student-athletes, coaches and staff.

Ice Cream Social for the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Tuesday, September 10
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Location:  Vet Med Building Commons (Lunch Room and Waterfall Room)

Welcome Reception for New Women Colleagues
Tuesday, September 10
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: Owens Banquet Hall

Meet your Diversity Committee Breakfast 
Wednesday, September 11
8:30 - 10:00 am
The Division’s Diversity Committee will host a donut (Carol Lee) and coffee event to introduce members of the committee. 
Breakfast will be served in TWO locations. Please  join wherever it is most convenient:
--Collaboration Studio @Umall
--The AISB Atrium – main entrance on the second floor  

U.S. versus International Dichotomy: Creating Synergy between Intercultural and Diversity/Social Justice Approaches
Dr. Amer Ahmed, Global Fellow in Residence
Wednesday, September 11
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: Owens Banquet Hall

We are co-hosting with Cranwell International Center a workshop with Dr. Amer Ahmed, an organizational strategist who helps institutions and leaders address diversity and inclusion, equity, and intercultural development. He will be a Mozaiko Global Fellow in Residence and will facilitate a workshop for faculty, staff and students. Please register by September 4.

Workshop description: Intercultural approaches are often adopted by those in organizations who engage in international and ‘global’ efforts while diversity and social justice approaches tend to be viewed as only applicable in U.S. contexts. As the trend of ‘globalizing’ business, higher education and other sectors rapidly accelerates, there are many missed opportunities due to the lack of synthesis of these two approaches. This dichotomy often prevents us from understanding the relationship between local and global factors that impact our ability to engage constituencies holistically. For example, by engaging issues related to immigration and more specifically undocumented people in only one of these approaches, it prevents us from understanding the relationship between local and global factors impacting diverse contextual realities around the world. In addition, the integration of these approaches better highlights the historical context and inequities created from power dynamics that must be considered in order to effectively navigate intercultural realities in our world today.

Creating Inclusive Media for your Classroom
Wednesday, September 11
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Torgersen, Room 1120

Caucus Reception
Wednesday, September 11
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: Owens Banquet Hall

Caribbean Women and Reparatory Justice: Reclaiming, Rebuilding and Restoring Communities Through Migration
Dr. Andrea Baldwin
Thursday, September 12
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Location: Multipurpose Room 101, Newman Library

VT Carilion School of Medicine Lunch and Learn: Preparing for Aging Relatives
Presented by Dr. Ila Schepisis
Thursday, September 12
Location: 1 Riverside Circle Roanoke, Virginia

How well are your relatives or parents aging? Two out of three older people with disabilities who live at home get ALL of their care exclusively from their family caregiver, mostly wives and daughters. Discover what you need to know to prepare for the future. Register now!

LGBT Caucus Monthly Lunch
Friday, September 13
Location: TBD
Open to Caucus members and individuals interested in joining the Caucus

Dance Theatre of Harlem
Friday, September 13
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Street and Davis Performance Hall, Moss Arts Center

Unit-Specific Events


Ice Cream Social for the College of Natural Resources and Environment
Wednesday, September 11
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Cheatham Hall Student Lounge

Fall Ice Cream Kickoff Party – for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Friday, September 13
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: Upper Quad (behind Lane Hall)
Join the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends as they welcome everyone back to campus. Welcome message from the new dean, Dr. Laura Belmonte at 4:00 pm.

What are ways you can support InclusiveVT week?

Check out the list below for simple, everyday things you can do to build community.
As a student you can:

  • Introduce yourself to someone in class who you don’t know
  • Invite a friend to join you at one of the art exhibits
  • Offer encouragement to someone who is having a difficult time
  • Tell someone how much you appreciate their support
  • Sit with someone new in a dining facility
  • Visit one of the cultural centers in Squires

As an employee you can:

  • Offer to help someone who is busier than you at work
  • Tell someone’s supervisor they are doing a great job
  • Encourage a colleague who is struggling
  • Grab a coffee or go to lunch with someone you haven’t seen in a while
  • Invite someone to join you at one of the art exhibits
  • Meet your InclusiveVT representative