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A message from President Sands about the campus climate survey

To the Virginia Tech community,

University campuses are places with many voices, diverse opinions, and vigorous debates. This is how we learn about ourselves and others – and hopefully grow in understanding. 

Our campus climate is a vital part of this process, and that’s why I want to encourage everyone to participate in a new climate survey we are conducting during this academic year. The survey will measure your perceptions about climate, engagement, diversity, inclusion, leadership, work environment, and job satisfaction. 

Between fall and spring semester, we’ll collect data from the full Virginia Tech community – employees and students at all locations. 

Today, all employees will receive a message inviting them to complete the survey between now and Nov. 9.  Those who do not have access to a computer will be able to complete a paper survey. Undergraduate and graduate students will be invited to respond to the survey during the spring semester.

The information we will learn will help us develop strategies and make informed decisions that will improve our campus climate, and ensure that our Principles of Community create a culture of inclusion and an environment that nurtures learning and growth for everyone.

Watch for more information on the survey and, again, I strongly encourage you to participate. Every response matters and your feedback will make a difference.

Tim Sands,

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