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 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

March 19th – The Violent, Beautiful Process of Trailblazing

Tiffany Hosey, BuilDATAnalytics Founder and CEO

February 13th – 10 Things You Need to Know in Life While on Your Leadership Journey

R. Corey Clayborne, Executive Vice President AIA Virginia

January 23 – Black History Month

Bill Gaskins, Maryland Institute College of Art

November 13 – Migration

Intersections: Cross-disciplinary conversations about Social Justice and the Environment

Panel: Nov 13, 4-5pm Art+Architecture Library, Cowgill Hall 100

September 8-13 – Cinema Reset: SOVA x NOLA

Reception: September 11, 4-5pm Cowgill Hall Lobby


Feb 14, 2019 – Ecologies of Memory

Sarah Zewde, Landscape Architect + Urbanist

Jan 24, 2019 – Desire Lines: On Blackness + Possibility in a Green World

Carolyn Finney

Event Photos

October 10, 2018 – Privilege

Intersections: Cross disciplinary conversations about social injustice and the built environment.

Sept 10-14, 2018 – Microaggressions

Microaggressions: A CAUS Diversity Initiative Exhibition


Feb 14, 2018 – Kofi Boone

Towards a Social Resilience

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).


Composed of student ambassadors and faculty from programs across the college.


Cecily Rodriguez


Kathryn Albright, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


  • Kathryn Albright
  • Rob Jacks
  • Vern Ferguson
  • Cathyrn Copper
  • Paola Zellner Bassett
  • Sharone Tomer
  • Elham Morshedzadeh
  • Elif Tural
  • Nate Heavers
  • Meredith Drum
  • Rachel Weaver
  • Theo Lim
  • David Bieri