Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.94
Liaison Dennis Cochrane
Submission Date Dec. 19, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Virginia Tech
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.56 / 2.00 Dr. Marcy Schnitzer
Associate Director for Strategic Planning and Improvement
Inclusion and Diversity
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights on campus?:
Yes

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

YES, the InclusiveVT Executive Council is comprised of the President, Provost, Deans, Vice Presidents, and elected governance representatives.

The President’s InclusiveVT Executive Council guides the development of InclusiveVT and ensures that responsibility for inclusion and diversity is infused throughout Virginia Tech. There are 2 subcommittees for 2017-18: the Working Group on Student Success and the Working Group on Gender


Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Most

Estimated proportion of staff (including administrators) that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Some

Estimated proportion of faculty that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Most

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence trainings and activities for each of the groups identified above:

DiversityEdu for students: A research-based online program for students which teaches skills for engaging successfully with diversity and mitigating the influence of unconscious biases and stereotypical thinking on personal choices and professional decisions.

DiversityEdu for faculty search committees: A research based online program which teaches skills to Reduce the effects of unconscious bias in recruitment, hiring, and advancement.

Diversity Search Advocate and Search Chair training, which designates two members of the search committee with responsibility to:
• Share current data about diversity of faculty and staff at Virginia Tech
• Share data about the value of diversity in organizations
• Share research studies about unconscious bias
• Discuss the role of diversity advocates and search chairs
• Familiarize diversity advocates and search chairs with best practices for searching for diversity and excellence.
• Discuss the challenges and opportunities related to diversity in the search process

Diversity Development Program: A multi-course program that helps to enhance university-wide diversity and inclusion efforts that contribute to the core mission of Virginia Tech. Three certificate levels are offered.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Diversity Development Program: https://uopd.vt.edu/diversity-development.html
DiversityEdu for students: http://www.dsa.vt.edu/onlineprograms/diversityedu.php
Other courses are administered through a course management interface.

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