InclusiveVT COVID-19 Resources

A Message from Vice President of Diversity and Strategic Affairs Dr, Menah Pratt-Clarke

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INFORMATION FOR THE VIRGINIA TECH COMMUNITY

A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT TIM SANDS

A MESSAGE FROM SVP & CBO DWAYNE PINKNEY

Interactive Events and Information:

We have two new Insights this month:

How can we use language to create affirming spaces? with Dr. Bing Bingham, Director of the LGBTQ+ Resource Center 

and

How can I practice active listening? with Henry Yampolsky, Assistant Director for Education, Outreach, and Conflict Resolution, Equity and Accessibility

Check out all of the InclusiveVT Insights here.

We are reinstating Safe Zone training with a digital badge option! Sessions were scheduled for March and April, but had to be cancelled. Look forward to a May-June schedule. In the meantime, here's a micro-learning session courtesy of The Chronicle for Higher Education:

"Ask Me-What LGBTQ+ Students Want Their Professors to Know"

The federal law known as Title IX is meant to protect students from discrimination based on their gender identity. But many gay, lesbian, and transgender students say they face an array of challenges and safety issues on their campuses. The Chronicle of Higher Education teamed up with Campus Pride to interview more than a dozen of them to hear more about what keeps them from thriving in college.

 View ‘Ask Me’  

 Discuss/Reflect:

What was my most important take away after hearing these students?

Do I know what resources are available at Virginia Tech?

After hearing these students, are there topics or practices in our unit that need to be rethought?

Is our unit a safe space?

What needs to be changed in order to communicate that we are a safe space?

How will our unit respond if a student makes a complaint?

How might we address complaints about one of our colleagues whose words and actions are experienced as hostile or discriminatory by LGBTQ students?

 From the article, “Ask Me-What LGBTQ Students Want Their Professors to Know,” by Julia Schmalz, The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 3, 2015, https://www.chronicle.com/article/ask-me-what-lgbtq/232797.

While students are away from campus we will have the following opportunities available:

  • Virtual Coaching Sessions
  • Monday newsletters
  • SOAR Sit-Downs LIVE, Every Friday, IG Live Chats @ 12 pm
    •     Content focused, and presentation in format
  • SOAR Staff Office Hours (drop-in hours). 
    •     Offered via zoom, 3-5 pm Monday-Thursday

Visit SOAR for more information.

Information Coming Soon

Due to the concerns related to the Coronavirus, the onsite 8th Annual FWCA National Conference will be cancelled. We will be hosting a virtual conference, click here for details!

Online Gatherings:

SOAR Sit-downs Live: The SOAR professional staff is providing an interactive live broadcast on Fridays. Please see the flyer saved as a Jpeg for the SOAR Sit-downs Live.

The next Interfaith Brown Bag will be online: Being a positive presence for students exploring faith & purpose.  Participate in a dialogue with people from diverse worldviews. Discussions about world issues through an interfaith lens.

March 26, 12 to 1 pm. 

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The Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation invites you to join our first learning circle **Moved online**

March 27th from 12:30-1:30 pm

Zoom Video Conference Call (Call-in Info below)

 We have moved our first learning circle online to help keep our community safe and now more than ever are looking forward to supporting further connection among those working for food systems and community transformation. This is the first of many learning circles that the Center will be hosting as a space to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue, reflection, and collaboration toward the Center’s aims.

It is our hope that these discussions build capacity across campus and the broader community.  

 **The theme is connectivity for critical transformation**

 We aim to learn about each other’s interests in community transformation and food systems work, especially as it relates to how we move as a society through moments of crisis. What are your experiences, hopes, and ideas for social connectivity, togetherness, “mutual aid” to address community food needs?  Find more information about our learning circles at our website

 

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APIDAHM Presents:  Anti-Asian Panic and the Pandemic:  A Virtual Teach-In

Thursday, April 2, 2020 -  4 - 5:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

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For question and/or accommodations, please contact:  Dr. Nina Ha at nha@vt.edu or Dr. Allan Lumba at lumba@vt.edu.

Short Description of the Event (Flyer):  During the COVID-19 pandemic there has been an intensification of anti-Asian rhetoric and recorded discrimination in the United States and elsewhere. This teach-in will shed light on how to critically engage with ant-Asian discourse and what kinds of collective and individual strategies Asians and Asian Americans (and allies) can do for our communities during these exceptional and precarious times. Invited speakers include faculty and students from the humanities and sciences at Virginia Tech. 

 

Long Description of the Event (For FB and other posts?): 

In response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, many U.S. political authorities and media sources have increased anti-Chinese and anti-Asian rhetoric. Subsequently, there has been an intensification of anti-Asian harassment and discrimination throughout the United States (Coronavirus Discrimination in the News 2.9-3.7.20). Anti-Asian discourse is of course not necessarily new during times of crisis in the United States. Indeed, public health and economic panics of the late nineteenth century was deeply intertwined with anti-Chinese vigilante violence and state legislation, resulting in the infamous 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. Anti-Asian rhetoric, therefore, is not merely an expression of xenophobia or bigotry, but has severe systemic and deeply structural consequences, shaping the everyday lives of Asians and Asian Americans in the United States. This teach-in will shed light on how to critically engage with ant-Asian discourse and what kinds of collective and individual strategies Asians and Asian Americans (and allies) can do for our communities during these exceptional and precarious times. Invited speakers include faculty and students from the humanities and sciences at Virginia Tech. 

 

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