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. David Clark
Dr. Kathy Lu
Ms. Kim Grandstaff
Chris Garza
Kaitlyn Shirey
Mr. Kevin Gjata 

For more information on how to support Gender Equity at MSE and VT visit:

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.

Activities this semester

  • Weekly Coffee & Donut hour for Faculty, Staff, & Graduate Students, Fridays, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 142 Randolph.
  • Brown-Bag Lunch Series about Diversity and Inclusion, last Friday of each month, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., 142 Randolph conference room, beginning September 27. 
    • October 25 Brown Bag Lunch Topic:  "Building Community: Fostering Microaffirmations, Positive Feedback and Actions in the Work Environment"
    • Sign up for MSE Diversity Committee Book Circle Discussion: "The Little Book of Racial Healing." More details at the October 25 lunch.    
    • Sept. 27 Brown-Bag Lunch Topic:  "Building Community:  The Power of Individual Actions in the Work Environment." 
    • Sept. 27 Launch: MSE Diversity Committee Book Circle Discussion:  "The Little Book of Racial Healing" by Thomas Norman DeWolf and Jodie Geddes. Organized by Inclusive VT and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.
    • BOOK CIRCLE:   "The Little Book of Racial Healing" by Thomas Norman DeWolf and Jodie Geddes. MSE is participating in one of the book circle organized by Inclusive T and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. We invite all members of the MSE Department (students, staff, and faculty) to join us in this activity. Learn more about how to participate here.