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Maggie Sloane named associate director for compliance and conflict resolution


BLACKSBURG, Va., March 24, 2006 – Maggie Sloane, of Blacksburg, Va., has been named associate director for compliance and conflict resolution in the Virginia Tech Office for Equal Opportunity.

As Associate Director for Compliance and Conflict Resolution, Sloane’s responsibilities will include providing education and consultation on Virginia Tech’s antidiscriminatory harassment policy and investigating complaints of possible policy violations; offering mediation, facilitation, and other conflict resolution services where those approaches are the most appropriate; and providing discriminatory harassment prevention training and conflict resolution/management training.

“Virginia Tech is very fortunate to have someone with Maggie’s wealth of experience, desire and passion to positively resolve, impact, and raise competency levels in the areas of discriminatory harassment prevention and conflict resolution,” said Kevin McDonald, director of the Office for Equal Opportuntiy. “Her amazing interpersonal communication skills and sensitivity to the aforementioned areas will make her a valuable resource to our entire Virginia Tech community.”

Sloane received her bachelor’s degree from Pomona College and her Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo College of Law. She served at Duke University, both as an investigator and as director, harassment prevention and gender equity. A certified mediator, Sloane has had a private practice conducting family and workplace mediations.

“I am excited about having the opportunity to work in both compliance and conflict resolution at Virginia Tech,” said Sloane. “My commitment is to helping cultivate fair and respectful work and learning environments. I believe in addressing problems at the lowest appropriate level, striving for resolutions that as much as possible preserve the dignity of and respect for all of the individuals involved.”

Sloane encourages anyone with questions or concerns regarding harassment or discrimination to contact her. She can be reached via e-mail at msloane@vt.edu or by telephone at (540) 231-8771.

The Mission of the Office for Equal Opportunity is to promote, sustain and advance an environment that supports principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and community by ensuring equal access to employment and educational opportunities; providing vision and leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of equal opportunity and affirmative action policies, procedures and initiatives; and by investigating and resolving complaints of discrimination.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become among the largest universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.



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