Greta Harris to be keynote speaker during annual Ex Lapide Fall Reunion

Greta Harris to be keynote speaker during annual 
Ex Lapide Fall Reunion.


Greta Harris will speak to students and fellow alumni during the “Out at Work” networking reception held by career services on October 24, 2014.  Harris, a 1983 graduate from the Virginia Tech College of Architecture , currently serves as the President and CEO of the Better Housing Coalition  in Richmond, Virginia.  In early 2014, she was honored as an Outstanding Virginian  by Equality Virginia , a statewide, non-partisan education, outreach, and advocacy organization seeking equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Virginians (LGBT).   As a highly successful alum, organizers felt Harris would be the perfect candidate to speak with students and graduates about her professional journey.

When asked to return to her alma mater and speak to students, Harris stated she loved her Virginia Tech experience and appreciates the opportunity to give back.  She noted that the Career Services event is particularly good because it “highlights the achievements of underrepresented alumni, so that all students can see that Virginia Tech has prepared a diverse group of young minds for success. 

Ms. Harris returns to campus during the second annual reunion of the Ex Lapide Society . Ex Lapide is a free Virginia Tech society for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally alumni. Harris is looking forward to enjoying the weekend activities and feels that ideally, such societies help connect people on the basis of shared backgrounds and commonalities while providing opportunities to engage with the larger community. Intentional interactions among those of different backgrounds help to create dialogue and allow individuals to teach and learn from one another.  She feels this “telescoping approach” benefits the larger community. The weekend is full of special events, including those held as part of Virginia Tech’s 10th annual “Gay in Appalachia Festival”.  The festival showcases film-makers, theatre readings, and best-selling authors, with past discussions centered on themes of religion, resiliency, and election-year politics, to name a few. If you are interested in learning more about the Ex Lapide Reunion, please visit www.diversity.edu/alumni.