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New co-chairs of CALS Diversity Council elected

Joe Hunnings and Zeke Barlow have been elected co-chairs of the College Diversity Council. Jamie Lucero, the college’s director of alumni relations, who led the group over the last year, has become the past-president.

Under Lucero’s leadership, the council expanded its communications program, granted a number of awards to faculty and students working toward inclusion, and increased the number of programs in which the council is involved.

The council provides college-wide leadership to promote diversity, guides the recruitment and retention of employees, and supports the inclusion of all people in educational programs and services.

Hunnings, who has been on the council for seven years, is the director for Planning and Reporting, Professional Development, and Civil Rights Compliance. In this role, Hunnings is responsible for completion of the combined Virginia Tech/Virginia State University Extension and Research Plan of Work and annual report. He has been with Virginia Cooperative Extension since 1984.

Barlow, who has been on the council for about two years, is the communications manager for the college. He helps highlight the college’s research, academics, and accomplishments using stories, videos, and photographs. He also serves as a liaison between the media and the college.

Both Hunnings and Barlow said they plan to building upon the good work the council has already accomplished and look forward to working the group to develop new ways to increase diversity and inclusiveness in the college.

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Diversity Development Institute introduces Conversations Salon

Join the Diversity Development Institute on the 18th of every month for the new Conversations Salon. Come engage in conversation around a specific topic! Bring a lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided.

DDI Lunch conversation

Here are the dates and themes for the upcoming sessions:

  • Sept. 18: Citizenship and Democracy
  • Oct. 20: Ability and Disability
  • Nov. 18: Gratitude
  • Dec. 18: Giving and Receiving
  • Jan. 19: Organizing and Activism
  • Feb. 18: Love and Compassion
  • March 18: Power and Privilege
  • April 20: Nature and the Environment
  • May 18: Teaching and Learning

All sessions are scheduled in room 4380 in the North End Center, from noon-1 p.m.

If you are interested in a topic and would like a facilitated conversation for a specific group, please contact Alicia Cohen at 540-231-1822. Dialogues are not limited to the topics above and provide a great opportunity to develop relationships with people who may have different viewpoints.

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Register for Generations at Work workshop

The CALS Diversity Council is pleased to announce that Generations at Work workshop will be offered for all CALS faculty, staff, and graduate students on Oct. 22. The workshop will be held in 1810 Litton-Reaves Hall from 2-4 p.m.

Please register online no later than Oct. 13.

generations at work workshop

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Faculty and staff invited to attend MPS Fall 2014 welcome receptions

The Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services invites all new students, current students, faculty, and staff to the Fall 2014 welcome receptions.

These receptions are designed to introduce our newest Hokies to current student leaders and University administrators. We hope you will join us for fun, refreshments, and information.

  • Tuesday, September 2: Native American students. 4-6 p.m. Black Cultural Center, Squires
  • Wednesday, September 3: Veterans students. 4-6 p.m. Black Cultural Center, Squires
  • Thursday, September 4: LGBTQ students. 4-6 p.m. Owens Banquet Hall.

An RSVP for each reception is required.

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Seats open for Fundamentals of Diversity, Sept. 4

Dear Colleagues,

The first Diversity Development Institute session for 2014-2015 is Thursday, Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fundamentals of Diversity: Appreciating Differences is one of the DDI Core Courses for earning the Ally Certificate. Because the session is offered early in the semester, there are a lot of open seats. Please encourage people with potential interest in the Ally Certificate to take advantage of the opportunity.

  • Fundamentals of Diversity: Appreciating Differences
  • Michele C. Deramo, Instructor
  • Thursday, September 4, 2014
  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center

You can enroll for the course online.

Michele C. Deramo

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Diversity Development Institute’s first summer session

The Diversity Education and Training team is pleased to extend their annual offerings to include four summer sessions.  Three of the four sessions to be offered are core courses for the Ally Certificate.

Below are the courses with dates to be offered during first summer session.  You can register for a course at www.training.vt.edu. If you have any questions about a course, please contact Linda Greene.

Wednesday, June 4
Introduction to Diversity and Inclusion: Awareness-Action
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Jamie Washington

Tuesday, June 10
Fundamentals of Diversity: Appreciating Differences
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Michele C. Deramo

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College Diversity Council seeking applications for the Diversity Incentive Fund

The College Diversity Council is seeking nominations from faculty, staff, and students for the Diversity Incentive Fund. The fund is specifically designed to provide support for new, innovative, and creative approaches to raise awareness, engage learners, and change behaviors about diversity and inclusion within the academic community as well as the broader communities that the College serves. Requests can be made for up to $2,000.

Nominations should be send to by July 1 to Karen Barnhart or CALS Diversity Council, c/o Karen Barnhart, 119 Hutcheson Hall, mail code (0437).

More information and nomination forms can be found online.

To learn more about the Diversity Council’s efforts to promote inclusion in the college, please visit the Diversity Program’s website.

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College Diversity Council seeking nominations for Diversity Incentive Fund

The College Diversity Council is seeking nominations from faculty, staff, and students for the Diversity Incentive Fund. The fund is specifically designed to provide support for new, innovative, and creative approaches to raise awareness, engage learners, and change behaviors about diversity and inclusion within the academic community as well as the broader communities that the College serves. Requests can be made for up to $2,000.

Nominations should be send to by July 1 to Karen Barnhart or CALS Diversity Council, c/o Karen Barnhart, 119 Hutcheson Hall, mail code (0437).

More information and nomination forms can be found online.

To learn more about the Diversity Council’s efforts to promote inclusion in the college, please visit the Diversity Program’s website.

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Invitation to Diversity Awards ceremony

The College Diversity Council invites you to join us in recognizing the 2014 Diversity Awards recipients:

  • John Galbraith, associate professor in crop and soil environmental sciences, is receiving the Diversity Enhancement Award for Faculty;
  • Brielle Wright, a graduate student in the Department of Agricultural Leadership and Community Education (formerly agriculture and Extension education), is receiving the Dr. Randolph Grayson Student Diversity Enhancement Award.

The awards ceremony will be held Monday, May 5 at 3 p.m. in 1810 Litton-Reaves Hall. The awards presentation will be followed by a reception.

For any questions or for additional information, please contact Jamie Lucero at 540-231-9666.

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Diversity Roundtable on April 3

Diversity RoundtableJoin us on April 3 for dessert and dynamic discussion with five of our outstanding undergraduate students as they share their humanitarian service experiences on International Service Learning program trips to Costa Rica and Panama. All members of the campus community are welcome to attend and join in the discussion.

The roundtable will feature panelists: Daniel Giraldo-Herrera, Uria Lee, Nathan Elsner, Vivian Vuong, and Tatum Newbill.

Can’t join us in person? Join us through Adobe Connect.

  • Thursday, April 3
  • Noon – 1 p.m.
  • 1810 Litton-Reaves Hall
  • Contact: Jamie Lucero,  540-231-9666
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