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Principles of Community Speaker Series to bring Jamie Washington to campus


BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 14, 2011 – Jamie Washington, president and founder of the Washington Consulting Group, a multicultural organizational development firm located in Baltimore, Md., will visit Virginia Tech Thursday, Feb. 17, as part of the Principles of Community Speaker Series.

He will speak from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and again from 1:30 to 3 p.m., in the Smithfield Room at the Inn at Virginia Tech.

At the morning session, "Social Justice Principles and Practices Through My Autobiography," Washington will discuss his journey into the world of social justice as well as facilitate a discussion concerning the implementation of strategies or best practices to help the Virginia Tech community live inclusiveness in more than just its words or mottos.

The afternoon session, "Social Justice Pedagogy: How It Really Works," focuses on practical ways that social justice pedagogy can positively impact teaching and learning in any discipline. Washington will instruct faculty on facilitating diversity in the classroom with the ultimate goal of supporting inclusive student success and persistence at Virginia Tech.

Washington, an educator, administrator, and consultant in higher education for more than 26 years, is an internationally known speaker, consultant, trainer, and writer on diversity, leadership, spirituality, organizational change, and community development issues. He engages participants with the intention of fostering effective change in both their personal and organizational lives.

He is a founding faculty member of the Social Justice Training Institute, a program for professional and personal development of social justice practitioners to enhance their skills and competencies to create greater inclusion for all members of the campus community.

The Principles of Community Speaker Series was developed as a way to provide the campus community more frequent facilitated interactions and dialogue concerning diversity issues at Virginia Tech. The event is sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research.

For more information or to register to attend the sessions contact Alicia Cohen.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 225 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $496 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.