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Our community welcomes, encourages, and supports individuals who desire to contribute to and benefit from the institution’s missions of learning, discovery, and engagement.

 

OUR OBJECTIVES

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Statement of Diversity Objectives

  1. To enhance the quality of life of individuals and families across the lifespan by creating and maintaining a body of students, faculty, and staff that reflects the cultural diversity of the state of Virginia and the national population.
  2. To create opportunities for intellectual stimulation which is derived from an appreciation of multiple perspectives that are brought to the center and are allowed to flourish with a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff.
  3. To build an infrastructure that promotes representation from underrepresented groups in decision-making processes across the curriculum and administrative affairs of the college.
  4. To foster a supportive forum that channels and rewards internal and external collaborative initiatives and partnerships that recognize interlocking systems of race, class, gender, and age in our discovery, learning, and engagement agendas.

Diversity Committee Members

  • Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management: Greg Galford
  • Communication: Syrenthia Robinson
  • English: Carmen Gimeñez Smith
  • History: Mark Barrow
  • Human Development and Family Science: Carolyn Shivers
  • Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures: Catalina Andrango-Walker
  • Office of the Dean: LaTawnya Burleson
  • Office of the Dean: Tasia Persson
  • Office of the Dean: Tom Ewing
  • Philosophy: Karen Kovaka
  • Political Science: Cara Daggett
  • Religion and Culture: Jordan Laney
  • Reserve Officer Training Corps: Paul Evans
  • School of Education: Wanda McAlexander
  • School of Performing Arts/Theatre Arts: Bob Leonard
  • School of Performing Arts/Music: Elizabeth McLain
  • Science, Technology, and Society: Lee Vinsel
  • Sociology: Dale Wimberley
  • SOAR: Jazmine Harris, Gina Vandivier, and Elizabeth Owusu
  • Diversity Fellow (Sociology): Sam Cook

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The protests that have since swept across the nation all make a claim — violent policing and unpoliced, racially motivated violence reveal the racist double standard at the heart of the American contract, and it is past time to stand up in righteous refusal of these injustices. Read more >>

Funding Opportunities

The college offers funding opportunities for projects related to inclusion and diversity. The latest opportunities include: