Thank you all for your courage and commitment to the work of building an inclusive, welcoming, affirming, safe, and accessible community.
The work of inclusion is consistent with our motto, Ut Prosim (that I may serve). Ut Prosim enables us to elevate the value of different ideas, values, beliefs, perspective, identities, backgrounds, and cultures, as part of a commitment to be of service to anyone, at any time, and anywhere. Our strategic planning process underway will be an important opportunity to integrate Ut Prosim and issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion into the overall plan for the future of Virginia Tech. Through the work and leadership of diversity committees, InclusiveVT representatives, and InclusiveVT Faculty Diversity Committee, we will continue to work on advancing diversity strategic plans and objectives.
At Virginia Tech, we recognize that diversity of all types supports our mission of learning, teaching and discovery. We must build a community of diversity and trust to engage in the complex, fascinating and transformative work that occurs on and off our campus.
We know our goals, we understand our purpose, and we acknowledge there is hard work to do. I am pleased with our progress, but there is still much work ahead of us. By working together, we will continue in our pursuit to appreciate and celebrate every aspect of our differences.
Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion, and Strategic Affairs