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
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
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
1st in a series – INTERSECTIONS: CROSSDISCIPLINARY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT SOCIAL INJUSTICE IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Art + Architecture Library, panel discussion
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
COMMUNITY NARRATIVES: NEWTOWN
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).
CAUS DIVERSITY COMMITTEE
Composed of student ambassadors and faculty from programs across the college.
Kathryn Albright, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
- Kathryn Albright
- Cathryn Cooper
- Mary Beth Dunkenberger
- Vern Ferguson
- Josh Iorio
- Robert Jacks
- Wendy Jacobson
- Jeff Joiner
- Elizabeth Morton
- Elham Morshedzadeh
- Helene Renard
- Sharone Tomer
- Rachel Weaver
- Brad Whitney
- Paola Zellner Bassett
- Kaitey Crouse
- Marshall Jones
- Veronica Orecchia
- CAUS COMMUNITY NARRATIVES PROJECT
- Microaggressions: CAUS Diversity Initiatives Exhibition
- CAUS Faculty Engagement Projects
- Virginia Tech’s Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement
- Office for Equity and Access
- Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program
- Student Success Center
- Virginia Tech Principles of Community