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MSE Diversity Committee

Mission and Goals

The Materials Science and Engineering Diversity Committee develops and implements a series of activities in order to enrich our welcoming environment for all undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff, especially for people from underrepresented groups.

Committee Members

Dr. Carolina Tallon (Chair)
Dr. Alex Aning
Dr. Kathy Lu
Ms. Christine Burgoyne
Dr. Sean McGinnis
Ms. Kim Grandstaff
Ms. Kaitlyn Shirey 

Fall 2020 Activities:
Brown bag lunch - Theme:  Racial Injustice, Third Friday of the month
Virtual Coffee Hour - Every Friday at 9:30
Mentoring Program - coming soon!

Additional Resources

Virginia Tech’s Principles of Community

Virginia Tech adopts and practices these principles as fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members.

Disrupting Academic Bullying

To maintain a culture of civility throughout the graduate education experience, academic bullying is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.

Virginia Tech’s Cultural and Community Centers 

Established in 1998 as the Safe Zone program, the Cultural and Community Centers office was created as a collaborative effort between the Dean of Students; HokiePRIDE of Virginia Tech; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Caucus (LGBT Caucus); and the Office for Equity and Access (formerly the Office of Equal Opportunity). Their purpose is to offer advocacy, advising, and cultural awareness .

Stop Abuse

Virginia Tech commits to: working toward ending abuse and violence on campus; supporting the abused, and holding perpetrators accountable.

Safe Zone

Safe Zones are welcoming spaces created by people who are committed to acceptance, equity, and full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and queer communities and their allies.

  • Cook Counseling Center at 540-231-6557
  • Hokie Wellness at 540-231-2233 (students) or 540-231-8878 (employees)
  • InclusiveVT at 540-231-7500
  • Women's Center at Virginia Tech at 540-231-7806