To the university community,

We aspire for Virginia Tech to be a welcoming, accessible, and inclusive campus for all. We value our freedom to speak and our ability to talk to each other across differences through civil and respectful dialogue. Our commitment to these values is expressed in our Principles of Community, which we publicly re-affirm each year during Principles of Community Week. Now in its fifth year, this relatively new Virginia Tech tradition is an important opportunity to mark our progress and acknowledge that there is much work to do as we seek continual improvement.

During the week of March 18-22, I urge you to take time to reflect on these Principles and how they support our commitment to our living motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence through InclusiveVT. Take advantage of the opportunities to engage through Principles of Community Week events, such as the Principles of Community Workshop, An Onstage Conversation with Zadie Smith, and the Council on VT History Program.

You can learn more about these and other events on the Principles of Community Week web page. You can also find opportunities to engage throughout the year by visiting our Cultural and Community Centers, Women’s Center, and Cranwell International Center. Please take time to participate and make a personal investment in the diversity and strength of our community.
Tim Sands

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