The Office of Inclusion and Diversity is collaborating on a review of the Pathways general education curriculum to prepare Virginia Tech students to be engaged citizens and leaders ready to handle an increasingly diverse society and world.

The Equity and Social Disparity in the Human Condition (ESDHC) strategic growth area (SGA) treat equity in the human condition as the ultimate goal of service in the spirit of Ut Prosim. Insuring that all of our work and our students’ competencies are oriented to addressing key aspects of the human condition with the goal of maximizing wherever possible the equitable distribution and availability of physical safety and well-being, psychological well-being, and access to crucial material, social, and moral resources must be paramount to the project of making Virginia Tech a model research institution and a destination for talented students, faculty, and staff. More clearly understanding the factors of diversity and identity impacting equity in the human condition provides a critical foundation for student experiences. Such an approach also connects teaching, scholarship, and outreach to address significant issues and problems confronting the Commonwealth, the nation, and the increasingly interconnected global stage.

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Virginia Tech has joined other universities across the country in a pledge to support research on Women and Girls of Color.

The Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research is a voluntary affiliation of American colleges, universities, professional schools, seminaries, research programs, publishers, and public interest institutions committed to taking meaningful action to support and improve research about women and girls of color. This Collaborative is responsive to a call for action in conjunction with a national conference hosted at the White House by the Anna Julia Cooper Center of Wake Forest University and the White House Council on Women and Girls in November 2015. This Collaborative serves as a national model of substantive action, best practices, and sustained partnerships to advance equity through research about women and girls of color.

Women of color will constitute more than half of all women in the United States by 2050, but are infrequently the central subjects of scholarly inquiry. This research deficit has meaningful consequences for the ways our institutions contribute to public discourse and policymaking. This Collaborative seeks to address that deficit.

The specific form of commitments from the partner institutions varies according to the unique mission, structure, and resources of each institution. Together we recognize and affirm a shared commitment to generating new knowledge through rigorous scholarship, cultivation of a diverse academic pipeline, and sustained effort to build and implement a research agenda. Recognizing the imperative to act, the partner institutions commit to the following:

  1. Publicly acknowledging, via membership in this Collaborative, the critical need for increased research investigating women and girls of color and the value of this research holds in advancing equity for women and girls of color.
  2. New or continued support for specific actions on our campus or in our institution that contribute to meaningful research endeavors engaging and addressing women and girls of color. The specific form of our commitments will vary according to the unique mission, structure, and resources of each institution.
  3. Conducting a review of the existing research efforts at our institutions and sharing the results of that self-study with members of the Collaborative in order to establish a landscape of existing scholarship, share best practices, and identify areas needing enhanced attention.