Goal: Create and sustain an institutional infrastructure that effectively supports progress in achieving goals in the diversity strategic plan.
The foundation for excellence in diversity and inclusion requires an institutional commitment and leadership that drives an ever-changing university. Such leadership comes from the top in terms of providing both symbolic and tangible resources exemplifying the priority placed upon diversifying the campus. We must take advantage of funding and support initiatives at the state, national, and global levels. Our efforts do not occur in a vacuum. Alumni, private donors, and funding agencies are also part of our extended university community. These entities can both influence and be influenced by our efforts to create a more inclusive campus. We interact in a global environment, which day by day becomes increasingly diverse. The university must evolve to keep pace with our changing world.
Our internal and external structures should jointly reflect our commitment to diversity and inclusion. As a university, we exist within a system of peer and other colleges and universities, each with its own distinct mission. These varied institutions also have a wide array of approaches to diversity and inclusion from which we can gather best practices. As a comprehensive public research university serving students from throughout the world, we strive to meet and exceed the standards set by our peer institutions. Virginia Tech’s diversity and inclusion programs should reflect our stature and aspirations as a university.