Principles of Community Week
March 13th - 17th, 2023
Virginia Tech’s Principles of Community Week is our annual celebration of the fundamental concepts that support InclusiveVT, our institutional and individual commitment to Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. These principles reinforce our aspirations for a diverse and inclusive campus, where we can freely express and explore ideas in an atmosphere of empathy, civility, and mutual respect.(from https://vtx.vt.edu/articles/2022/03/president-principles-of-community-week-2022.html)
The Virginia Tech Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that speaks to what we want to be as an institution. At its core is the belief that Virginia Tech is a community built on respect for all people and each of its members share in the responsibility for upholding its values. Every March during the week following spring break the Office for Inclusion and Diversity organizes Principles of Community Week to commemorate and reaffirm our commitments.
This year’s theme is Moving from Words to Action. During the week of March 13th-17th, faculty and staff have the opportunity to participate in twenty-one workshops to learn skills for calling people into community and holding each other and ourselves accountable. There are also links to self-directed learning opportunities. Workshop topics include conflict resolution, mindfulness, and communication just to name a few! There are limited spaces available for the in person workshops, so it is important to register soon. The in person workshops will be held at the TLOS University Mall location, 801 University City Blvd Suite 21, Blacksburg, VA. Many of the workshops are hybrid or virtual.
For the first time, there is the opportunity to earn a Principles of Community Week digital badge. Participants earn badges by completing workshops and/or self-directed courses.
To view the schedule of workshops and register: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/browse/principlesofcommunityweek/courses/indv55-031323
Partners include: Office for Inclusion and Diversity, Office for Equity and Accessibility, University Ombuds Office, Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS), Department of Human Resources, Center for Cooperative Problem Solving, Graduate School Office of the Ombuds, and Office for Learning Partnerships.
How can I learn more about the Principles of Community?
Learn about the Principles of Community at this website: https://www.inclusive.vt.edu/about/vtpoc.html
Here is a downloadable copy of the Principles of Community: Click Here
What are some ideas for recognizing Principles of Community Week?
Are there events during Principles of Community Week?
Monday, March 13th, 2023 - Friday, March 17th, 2023
The Division of IT Diversity Committee is hosting an exciting challenge to promote Principles of Community (POC) Week, March 13th through March 17th. To celebrate the week, and encourage participation, the Diversity Committee is hosting a raffle with prize drawings for anyone who attends a university-sponsored event.
This year’s theme is Moving from Words to Action. During the week of March 13th-17th, faculty and staff in the Division of IT can participate in twenty-one workshops to learn skills for calling people into community and holding each other and ourselves accountable. Workshop topics include conflict resolution, mindfulness, and communication just to name a few!
For more information, contact Joyce Landreth at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, March 13th, 2023 | 12:00 - 2:00 PM EST
Falls Church Campus, Room 329
A space where Pamplin's faculty/staff/ and students can come together in the spirit of community to enjoy lunch. Buffet and boxed lunches available!
Tuesday, March 14th, 2023 | 3:30 PM EST
Moss Arts Center
Join the Council on Virginia Tech History as it presents a Community Conversation, following up on the events from the year-long sesquicentennial celebration as the university moves into its next chapter.
Tuesday, March 14th, 2023 - Thursday, March 16th, 2023
Lobby of Cowgill Hall
College of Architecture, Arts, and Design: Moving From Words to Action through Curricular Innovation
Visit the lobby of Cowgill Hall on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during Principles of Community Week as we highlight our faculty leading curricular change. Our mini-exhibit will showcase posters summarizing the work of AAD faculty who have been awarded the College's Instructional Innovation Challenge Mini-Grant. Mini-Grants support the College's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals and incentivize faculty innovation for inclusive pedagogy through revision of curricula to assure diverse perspectives and inclusive instruction in course content, embracing student-centered learning approaches and experiences across academic programs.
For more information, contact Takiyah Nur Amin, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, College of Architecture, Arts, and Design at email@example.com
Tuesday, March 14th, 2023 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM EST
New Classroom Building (NCB) 130A
The DEIB Student Org Coalition is hosting a workshop on "real talk" and allyship. The purpose of this workshop is to engage students in dialogue about things in the community, ways in which they can engage with one another, discuss ways in with the College/University can support them in their development, and empower our students to be active allies in the community. If anyone has any questions, they can contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, March 15th, 2023 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST
Pamplin's Principles of Community Week Celebration. A space where Pamplin's faculty/staff/ and students can come together in the spirit of community to enjoy breakfast and lunch, take some pictures in our photo-booth, play some games, and win some free swag!
Wednesday, March 15th, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM EST
Event: The Black Cultural Center (129 Squires Student Center - 209 College Ave, Blacksburg, VA)
After Event: VTDITC Studio Hours at True School Studios (103 Media Building - 101 Draper Road NW, Blacksburg, VA)
VTDITC volume 42: Mental Health & Hip Hop III with Dr. Apryl Alexander
Join Dr. Apryl Alexander (University of North Carolina Charlotte Department of Public Health Sciences and Virginia Tech alumna), the VTDITC: Hip Hop Studies at Virginia Tech community, and the Black Cultural Center as Dr. Alexander discusses the importance of Hip Hop as a form of healing, particularly during sociopolitical movements.
Free lunch from Roots Natural Kitchen will be provided by the Black Cultural Center. Vibrations will be provided by the VTDITC team. Like everything we do, this event is completely free and open to the public.
After the discussion, pull up to VTDITC Studio Hours at our own True School Studios (103 Media Building) for your opportunity to create amongst like-minded creatives.
Swing by VTDITC’s True School Studios for Studio Hours afterwards!
Wednesday, March 15th, 2023 | 5:00 - 6:30 PM EST
Moss Arts Center
Politics and Polarization: The Place of Identities in Democracy
No tickets required. Public reception after the lecture
Thursday, March 16, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST
The Cube at the Moss Arts Center
Join acclaimed author Viet Thanh Nguyen for a free lunch and lecture on his personal and professional journey in higher education on Thursday, March 16 from 12-1pm in the Cube at the Moss Arts Center.
Livestream option available; Zoom link will be provided to registrants.
Co-sponsored by the Department of English Visiting Writer Series, with additional support from the Asian Cultural Engagement Center, Mozaiko Living-Learning Community, and Center for Refugee, Migrant, and Displacement Studies.
Free registration is required: learning-lunch.eventbrite.com
Thursday, March 16, 2023 | 12:30 - 1:30 PM EST
Newman Multipurpose Room (first floor, Rm. 101)
Women and Gender in International Development (WGD) at Virginia Tech is hosting their second Discussion Series event (hybrid) for Spring 2023, featuring Jessica R. Spence. Jessica is an Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) Fellow, and a Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education (ALCE) at Virginia Tech. The title of her talk is “Speaking for themselves: The importance of enabling Ugandan women to share their story through photography and community dialogue.” Interested participants can join in person at the Newman Library multipurpose room, or online via zoom. Snacks will be provided. The discussion series is organized by the Center for International Research, Education, and Development (CIRED) and is an InclusiveVT initiative of Outreach and International Affairs.
Register through this link below for free access to the event:
Please check the link below to know more about the discussion series:
Thursday, March 16, 2023 | 2:00 PM EST
The Cube at the Moss Arts Center
Join us for a discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen on his approach to writing.
Acclaimed author Nguyen’s writing is bold, elegant, and fiercely honest. Globally reimagining what we thought we knew about the Vietnam War, his remarkable debut novel, The Sympathizer, is a New York Times best seller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
Co-sponsored by the Department of English Visiting Writers Series, with additional support from the Asian Cultural Engagement Center and Center for Refugee, Migrant, and Displacement Studies
Free registration is required: craft-talk.eventbrite.com
Please share information about your event related to Principles of Community Week(March 13-17). The event does not have to be within the designated week, it just needs to be related to the Principles of Community. Please complete one form per event.