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Diversity and Inclusion courses at Virginia Tech:

  • GRAD 5214    Diversity and Inclusion in a Global Society    Research on diversity and inclusion for a global society from a multidisciplinary perspective. Examination of popular misconceptions about diversity and inclusion, benefits of diverse and inclusive organizations, legal requirements, international perspectives on diversity and inclusion, and applications to research and professional practice.    3 credit hours
  • EDCO 5244    Counseling Diverse Populations    Examination and application of counseling strategies for special client populations including the exceptional; economically disadvantaged; culturally, racially and ethnically different; those with different life styles. Emphasis on the range of human characteristics.    3 credit hours
  • EDCI 5134    Gender and Education    Introduction to gender in the context of education. This course is intended to raise awareness of how gender is implicated in teaching and learning in K-12 schooling and higher education. School policy as it relates to gender equality and sex education. Theoretical frameworks for gender analysis in education.    3 credit hours
  • EDCI 5914    Diversity & Multicultural Educ in the Teaching of Engl Language Learners    Issues in diversity and multicultural education applied to teaching, PK-12 and adult English language learners. Reflections and articulation of personal cultural perspectives. Principles for developing classrooms that foster equity and access to academic success for all students. Integration of interdisciplinary planning and teaching of core content lessons for English language learners.    3 credit hours
  • EDEL 5064    Contemporary Issues in Special Education    Current issues in special education confronting school personnel and the effect of the standards and accountability movement on students with disabilities and special education programs. Impact of diversity, including ability, cultural and environmental diversity, on education programming. Models, practices and services in special education.     3 credit hours
  • ENGL 5624    Intercultural Communication    Examination of theoretical and practical issues pertaining to writing and designing for intercultural and/or international audiences.    3 credit hours
  • GIA 5274    Comparative Social Movements    This course will investigate the forms of public protest that occur all over the world, with special attention to activism in poor nations and to the recent emergence of transnational movements. Also examines why and when governments repress social movements. Explores movements that are grounded in collective identities based in class, race/ethnicity, gender, religion, and culture.    3 credit hours
  • HIST 5224    Readings in African History    Variable topics readings course focusing on historiographical trends on particular themes in African history.    3 credit hours
  • HIST 5934    Gender in U.S. History    Theoretical approaches to understanding the role of gender in political, economic and social life and in popular culture. Survey of major themes and developments since the seventeenth century. Concentration on the development of biological and sociological explanations of gender differences and similarities, and on the evolution of gendered politics and work and family relationships. Emphasis given to class, race, ethnic differences and differences in sexual orientation.    3 credit hours
  • HD 5344    Perspectives on Human Sexuality    Interdisciplinary historical consideration of writings, research, theory, and application of knowledge related to human sexuality.    3 credit hours
  • HD 5424    Life Span Human Development    Stages of individual development as they occur in the context of the family life course. Overview of current developmental theories. Impact of race, gender, and class on cultural views of developmental norms.    3 credit hours
  • PSCI 5384/ WGS5424    Identity Migration and Place    Place-based identities and intersectional inequalities. Influence of these interrelated dimensions on the study of forced and voluntary migrations within and across national borders, and such discourses as home, belonging, nationhood, and citizenship.    3 credit hours
  • SOC 5034    Social Inequality    Perspectives on the sources and consequences of social inequality. Comparative analyses of the dynamic social construction of differentiation based on such markers as class, race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, and sexual orientation, and the opportunities and constraints for life chances afforded by these processes.    3 credit hours
  • SOC 5324    Theorizing the African Diaspora    African diaspora theories and their historical foundations. Intersections of diaspora with race, gender, and national identities. Influence of theories of modernity, postcolonial studies, transnationalism, and globalization on contemporary debates about the African diaspora. Application of diaspora theories to different geographic sites in the African diaspora including Europe, the Americas, and Africa.    3 credit hours
  • SOC 5414    Crime, Control, and Social Inequality    Dimensions of crime and systems of social control within a framework of social inequality; examines issues of social inequality, such as discrimination, relative to race and ethnicity, social class, and gender, in crime and systems of social control; international scope.    3 credit hours
  • SOC 5614    Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities    Racial and ethnic health disparities in the United States. Contributions of social factors to inequality in medical care and health for minorities. Current and potential impacts of health care policies on health disparities.    3 credit hours
  • SOC 5624    Women and Work    The analysis of the economic activities of women in contemporary society. The past and present relationship between women's domestic and market labor is examined, followed by an in-depth investigation of women's labor force experiences. Competing sociological explanations are examined, providing the basis for exploring occupational segregation, inequalities of outcomes and comparable worth.    3 credit hours
  • SOC 5714    Aging in Social Context    Social, political, and economic environments of aging in a variety of cultures with emphasis on aging problems in American society. Evaluation of the major social theories of aging, their roles in defining problems of the elderly, and focusing on current social policy.    3 credit hours
  • UAP 5244    Multicultural    Examines the growing ethnic and demographic diversity of urban United States. Stresses theories and techniques that can be used to bring about more inclusive planning and public policies at all levels of government.    3 credit hours

Learn about the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program.

Learn about becoming a Graduate School Diversity Scholar.

Learn about VT-Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD), a training program designed to increase the number of minorities with a PhD in biomedical and behavioral sciences and engineering.

Learn about the New Horizon Graduate Scholars program, administered from the College of Engineering Dean’s Office, that supports and enhances diversity among our graduate student population.


Academic Hispanic Outreach Alliance (AHORA)

AHORA is a mentoring program that targets Hispanic/Latino first semester College of Engineering students. The program helps students achieve academic and personal success. Contact Susan Arnold Christian (, 540-231-3973)

My Sister’s Keeper

My Sister’s Keeper promotes networking and professional development opportunities for graduate and faculty women of color and seels to enhance scholarship, positive thinking, and social and academic adjustment within the Virginia Tech community. Through a series of discussion and informal social gatherings, My Sister’s Keeper intends to recognize, celebrate, and develop a support network for women of color. Contact Dr. Jody Thompson Marshall (, 540-231-5023)

Safe Zone Program

The Safe Zone Program’s mission is to foster a more accepting environment LGBT students at Virginia Tech. Safe Zone provides a network of people who are dedicated to providing a supportive community and that serve as a resource for accurate information about LGBT students.

Cranwell International Center

Cranwell International Center is committed to the university’s globalization initiatives and serves as the primary support service for the international community. Cranwell International Center promotes intercultural exchange, fosters a welcoming environment, and enhances the experience of all university and community participants. We support the university’s focus on teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement through our commitment to quality programming, strong advocacy, collaboration, a dedicated facility, and valuable services.

The Office of Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives

The Office of Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives (ORDI) seeks to promote a diverse and inclusive graduate community by acting as an enabler – assisting virtually every graduate program on campus to recruit, retain, and graduate a diverse student body. We follow the model of Inclusive Excellence  as a way to improve the diversity of our student body, the success of all students at VT’s Graduate School, and improve the climate for all staff, faculty and students involved in graduate education. We want to make Virginia Tech’s Graduate School the number one choice for people of diverse backgrounds.

Intercultural Engagement Center

The mission of Intercultural Engagement Center is to promote the academic, personal, and social success of all students, particularly those from under-represented and historically marginalized populations. IEC values diversity and strives to transform the Virginia Tech community through cross-cultural exchange. We will increase multicultural competencies as a means of achieving educational excellence. We accomplish our mission through a combination of programs and services that promote the following areas:

  • Cultural awareness – Coordinating annual cultural celebrations as a means of community celebration and exposure to a variety of ethnic communities.
  • Multicultural education – Partnering with campus and community groups to create co-curricular opportunities that help expand cultural knowledge, skills, and competencies.
  • Retention – Supporting the retention of students through advocacy, mentoring programs, and support groups.
  • Leadership development – Promoting student leadership development through organization advising and training.
  • Community building – Maintaining the Cultural Centers as safe and welcoming spaces for its constituent groups and all members of the Virginia Tech community.


Read here the 86 initiatives by departments and offices across campus.

What is InclusiveVT?

  • InclusiveVT is a framework that creates active, intentional engagement of Virginia Tech communities. InclusiveVT is anything that advances inclusion at Virginia Tech.
  • InclusiveVT is Virginia Tech’s new approach to inclusion and diversity adopted by President Sands based on the unanimous recommendations of the Task Force on Inclusive Excellence created by former President Charles Steger.
  • InclusiveVT is led by a newly established President’s Inclusion and Diversity Executive Council. The council, chaired by Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands, will guide, support, and be accountable for advancing inclusion and diversity initiatives throughout the university.
  • InclusiveVT includes the affirmation of the campus’ Principles of Community and the Strong Together message.
  • InclusiveVT adopts the existing Diversity Strategic Plan.
  • InclusiveVT is all the work and spirit behind all efforts to enhance the climate and inclusivity of the Virginia Tech community and beyond.
  • You are InclusiveVT.

How do I get involved?

There are many ways to be involved with InclusiveVT. Membership into the Advisory Community is completely up to you and your active, intentional and engaged commitment to inclusion efforts at Virginia Tech. There are student organizations, academic centers, professional development opportunities, advocacy groups, caucuses, curricula, governance and policy organizations that you can be a part of based on your interest and capacity. You can also participate in InclusiveVT forums offered at least once a term.

You are welcomed to reach out to the Inclusion Coordinatorsto learn more or to inform them of new groups/initiatives that are forming.

Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity

The Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED) provides encouragement and support to engineering students, focusing on the under-represented population. Virginia Tech students are among the best and brightest–CEED assists them in achieving the excellence.

Mission: The goals and objectives of CEED are:

  • to increase the diversity of students who apply to, enroll, and graduate from the College of Engineering;
  • to increase the awareness of engineering and other technical fields as an exciting and rewarding career path to a diverse population;
  • to provide academic, professional and personal support programs;
  • to provide support to student organizations that support our mission, including the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and Council for the Advancement of Minority Engineering Organizations; and
  • to foster collaboration between the CEED, the University, industry, and the local community.
  • Join a group that focuses on diversity in our community.
  • Contact your local and state representatives to ask for trainings, education, and changes in policy.
  • Sign a petition.
  • Donate to an organization that supports diversity and inclusion.
  • Keep educating yourself and others, and keep conversations going about diversity and inclusion.