Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Signatory: Thanassis Rikakis, Executive Vice President and Provost
Joined: November 2015
Contact: Michele Deramo, Director of Diversity Education and Programs
Menah Pratt-Clarke, Vice President for Strategic Affairs & Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity, hosted a Collaborative convening on February 18, 2016 with guest Blair LM Kelley, PhD., Assistant Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies and International Programs and Associate Professor of History at North Carolina State University.
Plans are underway to review and revise Virginia Tech’s general education curriculum to incorporate a critical analysis of the human condition as a required area of study, focusing on the intersection of identify, social equity and life chances. Equity and Social Disparity in the Human Condition was identified as a Strategic Growth /Destination Area at Virginia Tech. This designation ensures that issues related to Equity and Social Disparity in the Human Condition will be incorporated into Virginia Tech’s curriculum, research and programming. The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Virginia Tech presents new ways of thinking about how race, class, and sexuality shape our society and our experiences in it.
The International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) was showcased in Virginia Tech’s Newman Library in June 2016. The purpose of the IAWA is to document the history of women’s contributions to the built environment.
Virginia Tech produced the following research:
- Income, education gaps influence breastfeeding, but policy and family history are factors too
- Women with impaired stress hormone before pregnancy have lower-birthweight babies
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute faculty were appointed as chief science officers for human development in Roanoke, Virginia. Sharon Landesman Ramey and Craig Ramey have an extensive research agenda that focuses on health care and educational equity and access.
The 5th Annual Faculty Women of Color in the Academy Conference will be held on the Virginia Tech campus on April 2-3, 2017. The conference brings together 500 women of color from across the country to connect with colleagues, support aspirations and empower growth and change. The conference offers tracks for faculty, administrators, graduates, and undergraduates, including workshops on mentoring for faculty and graduate students offered by the National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development, and a Multicultural Career Expo for undergraduates.
The FWCA conference offers women of color faculty, university administrators, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates a unique educational and professional opportunity to network, engage, and learn with peers from around the country.read more