Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.78
Liaison Dennis Cochrane
Submission Date Feb. 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Virginia Tech
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.78 / 2.00 Michele Deramo
Director, Diversity Education and Initiatives
Inclusion and Diversity
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights?:
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:

The Office for Inclusion and Diversity is a senior level unit reporting to the Provost. The staff of 30 employees is led by a Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Diversity and a leadership team of Senior Directors and Assistant Provosts, each of which lead units in the areas of Advancement, Education, Student Success, Cultural and Community Centers, Faculty Diversity, and Operations. The Office also coordinates InclusiveVT, the decentralized model for strategic diversity whereby every senior management area at the university has an appointed representative or faculty line dedicated to diversity and inclusion for their area.


Estimated proportion of students that has participated in that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
All

Estimated proportion of academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
Most

Estimated proportion of non-academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:
Most

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

We have a comprehensive diversity education program that includes book circles, the required modules, inclusive pedagogy courses, micro-learning videos and digital badge pathways on inclusive workplace and inclusive climate, implicit bias training for search committees, and Safe Zone training. See the link below for more information on diversity education opportunities for faculty and staff, as well as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Diversity: Inclusion in the Workplace modules. https://www.inclusive.vt.edu/Initiatives/DiversityEducationandPrograms.html

The five Cultural and Community Centers also offer academic year programming that corresponds to Cultural Heritage months and other race and identity-related topics. The Intercultural Engagement Center provides train-the-trainer and Ask Big Questions workshops for students. See: https://ccc.vt.edu/.


Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity office or trainings is available:
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