Menah Pratt, vice president for strategic affairs and diversity at Virginia Tech, has been named chair-elect for the Council on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

"I'm excited to work with the council and amazing leaders to support diversity, equity, and inclusion at a national and international level," said Pratt.

Founded in 1887, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities is North America’s oldest higher education association with 251 member institutions spanning all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, Canada, and Mexico. It is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities.

In addition to the Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the association has seven other councils supporting its Council of Presidents. These councils enable senior public university leaders working in similar positions to come together to address critical issues and expand their knowledge base within their professional area of expertise.

The association cites its key work as advocacy, degree completion and student success, community engagement and economic development, research and science policy, and issue-focused initiatives.

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