BLACKSBURG — Nominations for Virginia Tech's Presidential Principles of Community Awards are now being accepted. 

The award was established in 2013 and recognizes members of the Virginia Tech community who exemplify the Principles of Community and have demonstrated an active commitment to inclusion and diversity at Virginia Tech. This year, the university will present two awards: one for faculty and one for staff. Tenure track, research, administrative/professional faculty, instructors, and staff are eligible.

The Office for the Executive Vice President and Provost sponsors the awards. Award recipients are selected by the Commission on Equal Opportunity and Diversity (CEOD) and will each receive a $2,000 cash prize at the annual Faculty Staff Awards Ceremony.

Alumni, students, faculty, staff members, and community members may make nominations for the award. Nominations must be submitted on this website by 5 p.m. Feb. 5. Nominees will be contacted to complete an application packet.

Those who wish to nominate faculty or staff members should consider the following criteria used to review candidates:

  • Provides evidence of a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion in order to foster a welcoming climate.
  • Promotes and facilitates equitable education and social engagement with and between people of varying ethnic or religious backgrounds, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, physical and mental capabilities, etc.
  • Conducts research or implements work practices to create a new and progressive initiative that helps to enrich the lives of all Virginia Tech stakeholders.
  • Exhibits visionary and insightful leadership to confront and resolve inequities through strategic decision-making, collaborations, allocation of resources, or inclusive teaching practices.
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to the Principles of Community that goes beyond the call of duty.

For more information about the nomination and application process, please visit the Principles of Community award webpage.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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