Colorful fireworks explode over the Pylons.

Inclusive Excellence

As an academic entity, the College of Architecture and Urban Studies is identified with insightful planning, place-making, community, creative design, and visual and construction arts. Through these physical and visual arts, we put into play the concepts and applications that encourage, build, and embrace the multi-cultural diversity of our world.

The CAUS Diversity Committee provides leadership, direction, and assistance in strengthening and sustaining a diverse environment with a supportive, nurturing climate.  It also initiates and sponsors guest speakers and faculty panel discussions throughout the year. The committee maintains an active, growing collection of photo-narratives as part of the CAUS Community Narratives project which features faculty, staff, and students in the college.

The model for Inclusive Excellence at Virginia Tech has four dimensions: Access and Success, Campus Climate and Intergroup Relations, Education and Scholarship, and Institutional Infrastructure. The dimensions create a framework that helps the institution monitor the progress of inclusion and diversity efforts to ensure that they remain integrated, intentional, and central to the core mission of the university.

CAUS Diversity Committee Events
January 25, 2018 – Julian Bonder

Memory-Works: Public Spaces, Monuments & Memorials

For more information on Julian Bonder, check out his bio here.

November 8th, 2017 – partner with University Libraries – Sam Winn


Art + Architecture Library, panel discussion

Focus: Identity

Moderator: Sam Winn, University Libraries Collections Archivist

Panel: Emily Satterwhite, associate professor, Religion and Culture

Ashley Shew, assistant professor, Science and Technology in Society

Jim Bassett, associate professor, Architecture

October 11th, 2017


Odd Fellows Hall, exhibition and virtual tour

Tour Guides: Hilary Harrison, director of history, Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Foundation

Bill Green, professor, Industrial Design



Kathryn Clarke Albright, Associate Dean + Diversity Committee Chair

Virginia Tech’s Principles of Community

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community. Learning from the experiences that shape Virginia Tech as an institution, we acknowledge those aspects of our legacy that reflected bias and exclusion. Therefore, we adopt and practice the following 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:

  • We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate for work and learning based on mutual respect and understanding.
  • We affirm the right of each person to express thoughts and opinions freely. We encourage open expression within a climate of civility, sensitivity, and mutual respect.
  • We affirm the value of human diversity because it enriches our lives and the University. We acknowledge and respect our differences while affirming our common humanity.
  • We reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including those based on age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias and discrimination and for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others.
  • We pledge our collective commitment to these principles in the spirit of the Virginia Tech motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).


Upcoming & Recent CAUS Diversity Events

The committee is composed of student ambassadors and faculty from programs across the college.


Kathryn Albright, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


  • Kathryn Albright
  • Mary Beth Dunkenberger
  • Josh Iorio
  • Robert Jacks
  • Wendy Jacobson
  • Jeff Joiner
  • Elizabeth Morton
  • Sharon Tonner
  • Rachel Weaver
  • Brad Whitney
  • Paola Zellner Bassett


  • Kaitey Crouse
  • Marshall Jones
  • Veronica Orecchia