BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 2, 2012 – Latanya Walker has been named director of alumni relations for diversity, inclusion, and community engagement at Virginia Tech.
Walker, who has held the role of assistant director in Virginia Tech’s Upward Bound program since 2005, will be responsible for creating and maintaining supportive relationships between the university and multicultural alumni connecting them through university programs, services, and engagement. She will report to the vice president for alumni relations and the vice president for diversity and inclusion.
“Latanya will be a great addition to the Office for Diversity and Inclusion team,” said William Lewis, vice president for diversity and inclusion. “Her knowledge in community outreach will serve us well as we continue to engage alumni in our diversity activities.”
During her 13 years at Virginia Tech, Walker has served as a counselor with the Upward Bound program as well as an academic advisor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Before coming to Virginia Tech, Walker served as a high school counselor intern at William Fleming High School in Roanoke, Va.; a family service worker with Head Start in Shawsville, Va.; and activities director with Sunrise Retirement Home in Falls Church, Va.
“We are thrilled to have one of our alumnae to bring considerable experience from her previous work at Virginia Tech to engage more of our multicultural alumni. Latanya will be a valuable conduit to programs that attract more of our alumni closer to the university,” commented Tom Tillar, vice president for alumni relations.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the alumni association and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion,” said Walker. “Our multicultural alumni are important members of our university community and I look forward to working with them.”
Walker received her bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech and a master's degree from Radford University.
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 215 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 30,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $450 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.