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Board of visitors approves resolution affirming commitment to inclusion and diversity

October 1, 2014

Virginia Tech community members reaffirmed their commitment to the Principles of Community.
The university reaffirmed its commitment to the Principles of Community during a campus forum on Sept. 29. From left to right: Student Government Association President Elizabeth Lazor, Faculty Senate President Bernice Hausman, President Timothy Sands, Commission on Equal Opportunity and Diversity Chair Aaron Bond, Graduate Student Association President Greg Purdy, Board of Visitors member Dennis Treacy, and Staff Senate President Dan Cook.

At its recent fall meeting, the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors unanimously passed a resolution to revise the university’s anti-discrimination and harassment prevention policy. Virginia Tech will now include gender identity and gender expression in its non-discrimination policy.

Virginia Tech's updated Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement may be found online.

“The passage of this resolution speaks to our overall commitment at Virginia Tech to make all members of our community, including students and employees, feel valued and appreciated,” said President Timothy D. Sands who praised the board for their leadership and commitment to revitalizing Virginia Tech’s inclusion and diversity efforts.

"The university community, working through the governance system, enthusiastically proposed the inclusion of gender identity and gender expression in our non-discrimination statement," said Senior Vice President and Provost Mark G. McNamee. "I was impressed by the openness of the discussions and the opportunity to learn about the issues affecting transgendered members of our community. I am proud that our evolving commitment to inclusion is now reflected in our policies and in our Principles of Community."

Adoption of the new policy language is timely.

This fall, the university will implement a university-wide effort to advance inclusion and diversity initiatives. Representatives from across the university will be appointed to serve on the President’s Inclusion and Diversity Executive Council.

A campus forum was held Sept. 29 at The Inn at Virginia Tech to afford the university community an opportunity to provide guidance on successful existing inclusion and diversity efforts and how the university can build upon them. Sands, McNamee, and other university representatives led the forum.

Virginia Tech Board of Visitors member Dennis Treacy attended the forum to reaffirm the board's commitment to the Principles of Community.

For information on non-discrimination policies, email Pam White, executive director for equity and access, or call 540-231-8771.

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