Virginia Tech’s Mid-Year Diversity Summit was held Jan. 17 at the Inn at Virginia Tech.

The summit is an InclusiveVT critical touchpoint event sponsored by the Office for Inclusion and Diversity. The one-day summit gathered more than 300 representative’s campus-wide to reinvigorate collective efforts toward diversity strategic goals.

Michele Deramo, assistant provost of diversity education and programs and Menah Pratt-Clarke, vice president for strategic affairs and diversity opened with a warm welcome.

This year’s keynote was delivered by President Tim Sands who discussed Virginia Tech’s progress towards an inclusive campus. He was followed by the second keynote speaker, Abigail Stewart, chair of Gender and Feminist Psychology and distinguished professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan.

The summit topics included:

  • Being a Difference Maker + Challenges Ahead
  • An Inclusive Climate for Students
  • Building inclusive environments for undergraduates in your departments
  • The VT Food Access and Security Study—Next Steps
  • Ways We Can Support You: Graduate School Retention and Support Programs
  • I Am First-Gen: An Update on the Development and Implementation of First-Generation Programming
  • New Interfaith Program at Virginia Tech
  • Serving Students with Disabilities
  • The LGBT Faculty and Staff Caucus in 2020 and Beyond
  • Indigenous outreach and activities


Photos and video by Lee Friesland

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During the summit, attendees had the opportunity to learn more on how the university engages an inclusive campus by visiting the poster exhibits designed by faculty members.

“The Diversity Summit is an opportunity to bring together stakeholders across campus in order to set our common objectives for the year ahead,” Deramo said.

To receive information from any of the Diversity Summit sessions, please contact Michele Deramo.

Virginia Tech President Tim Sands at podium
Virginia Tech President Tim Sands delivered opening remarks.
Full room at the Inn at Virginia Tech
The event drew diversity stakeholders from across campus.
Poster presentations were held to discuss best practices and discuss key issues.
Poster presentations were held to discuss best practices and discuss key issues.
Panel discussion
Panel conversation.
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