As we move through Principles of Community Week, we must remain committed to affirm the value of human diversity because of its enrichment to our lives and Virginia Tech. We acknowledge and respect our differences while affirming our common humanity.

Additionally, we reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination, and we take individual and collective responsibility for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others.

Such expressions of prejudice and discrimination can occur in a variety of ways, through in-person interactions or virtual conversations online. If you experience or witness such acts, regardless of the format, you are encouraged to report it. The Office for Inclusion and Diversity and the Dean of Students Office are available resources for everyone.

As President Tim Sands noted earlier this week, "we are grateful for the way these principles have kept our university grounded through the many changes and challenges we have experienced in recent years."

Continue to seek out opportunities to learn more about the principles and how they serve as the continuous reminder of InclusiveVT, the institutional and individual commitment to Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). The Office for Inclusion and Diversity, in conjunction with Student Affairs, will be offering more opportunities for discussion and understanding. Look for those opportunities to engage with the community.

Menah Pratt,
Vice President, Strategic Affairs and Diversity

Frances B. Keene,
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

Additional resources are available for all members of the Virginia Tech community.



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