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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 purpose of the CAUS Diversity Committee is to provide leadership, direction, and assistance in strengthening and sustaining a diverse environment with a supportive, nurturing climate for the college community.

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 diversity and inclusion efforts to ensure that they remain integrated, intentional, and central to the core mission of the university.

As a college we find ways to celebrate the diversity of our own students and faculty and of Virginia Tech. Some of our annual initiatives to recognize diversity have included the Diversity Competition and Showcase and the Exhibition on Cultures.

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).


The CAUS Diversity Committee is made up of graduate and undergraduate students and faculty, staff and administrators from departments across the college.


Kathryn Albright, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Carolyn Harris, Director of Academic Advising


  • Kathryn Albright
  • Ray Callahan
  • Ashley Clark
  • Margaret Cowell
  • Michael Ermann
  • Carolyn Harris
  • Wendy Jacobson
  • Anders Jensen
  • Jeff Joiner
  • Sara Jordan
  • Nora Stover
  • Rachel Weaver
  • Brad Whitney
  • Paola Zellner Bassett



Dear Virginia Tech Communities,

Last year’s cultural exhibition An Exhibition of Cultures was very well received by the community. The exhibition attracted visitors from inside and outside of the Virginia Tech community. As a result of the tremendous response, we are happy to initiate our second exhibition.

As you all know, at Virginia Tech we are very proud of the rich variety of multi-cultural and international experiences and perspectives that we all bring and can share. To celebrate our multi-cultural environment and learn more about each other, the College of Architecture and Urban Studies is organizing an exhibit of traditional clothing and accessories associated with New Year celebrations around the world. Items will be showcased in a week-long exhibition accentuated by a fashion show to be held during the opening reception.

The deadline to register your participation is January 30, 2017.

The Exhibition will be held in the Art + Architecture Library

February 13-17, 2017

Please share traditional clothing, artifacts, accessories or garments associated with New Year from your culture and country by joining this exhibition. For more information or to register to submit traditional clothing, fabric, artifacts, accessories, and garments for consideration to be included in the exhibition, please visit the following link:

From all the submissions, a group of examples will be selected for the exhibition and if you are selected, you will receive an invitation to bring the traditional clothing and accessories examples by January 30, 2017.

Thank you very much for your support. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the organizer, Shabnam Kavousi (