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
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
CAUS COMMUNITY NARRATIVES Project
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).