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.