By: Emily Ainsworth, Cameron Baron, Samantha
Fouch, Sam Sacks, and Steven Mobley
What is Diversity?
Diversity Is
According to Merriam-Webster, diversity is the
condition of having or being composed of differing
elements : ...
African American History
at Virginia Tech
Pre-segregation
 Prominent People

Charles Owens (1890)
Floyd Meade (1896)
John Sears (1917)
Pat Mills (1919)
 In 1930, ...
Post-segregation
• Prominent People
Irving L. Peddrew III (1953)
Charlie Yates (1954)
Matthew Winston (1955)
Essex Finney ...
The Lee Hall Controversy and
The MOSIAC Theme Housing
Lee Hall
 During the 125th

anniversary of Virginia
Tech, students in a history
class came across a page in
the 1896 Bugl...
MOSAIC Theme
 MOSAIC was developed at the recommendation of the

Commission on Equal Opportunity and Diversity to
address...
MOSAIC Theme
 Multicultural





Opportunity and
Social
Awareness
Interest
Community (MOSAIC)
MOSAIC Theme
 Started in fall 2007
 30% of Virginia Tech’s 9,125

on-campus residents live
in a theme housing
community....
Slusher Hall
 "The Tree Lounge."

Slusher Tower contains
the Multicultural
Opportunity Social
Awareness Interest
Communit...
Why theme housing?
 These communities

combine interest-related
activities and academic
course work with a
residential en...
Why Theme Housing?
 Higher cumulative GPA
 Low drop out rate

 High rate of class

attendance
 More interactions with
...
“MOSAIC is yet another vehicle for the university to
demonstrate its commitment to educating the whole
person. This progra...
The Office of Diversity and
Inclusion and Other
Important Diversity
Programs and Activities
Office for Diversity and Inclusion
 Mission statement: To work to establish a collaborative

approach to achieving inclus...
Equity Initiatives Department
 Provides oversight of university affirmative action

efforts and works in concert with dep...
Virginia Tech’s Faculty Diversity
 African American
 Asian American
 Hispanic
 International

 Native American
 Whit...
Committee for Equal Opportunity
in Athletics
 Requires Virginia Tech to conduct a “periodic review of

athletics departme...
Diverse Academic Programs














Africana Studies
American Indian Studies
Appalachian Studies
Asian Ar...
Diverse Student Organizations












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

Asian American Student Union
alpha Kappa Delta Phi
Chinese Amer...
DIVERSITY PLANS
VT’S DIVERSITY PLAN
 To enhance the the quality of life of individuals and

families across the life span by creating and...
 To build an infrastructure that promotes the full

participation of all groups in the decision-making
processes across t...
UVA’S DIVERSITY PLAN
 The university promotes an inclusive and

welcoming environment that embraces the full
spectrum of ...
Demographics
Race/Ethnicity
American Indian or Alaska
Native
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanics of any race
Native ...
UVA:
•Asian, Asian Pacific American
Programs

JMU:
•African Student
Organization

•Hispanic/Latino programs

•Asian Studen...
Virginia Tech’s Principles of
Community
Survey: How diverse do you feel
the Virginia Tech community is?
Responses
6%
19%

17%

Very Diverse

Somewhat Diverse
Not ...
Questions
 Do you feel Virginia Tech is diverse.
 Any key themes and differences in the two diversity





strategic...
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Racial Diversity at Virginia Tech

  1. 1. By: Emily Ainsworth, Cameron Baron, Samantha Fouch, Sam Sacks, and Steven Mobley
  2. 2. What is Diversity?
  3. 3. Diversity Is According to Merriam-Webster, diversity is the condition of having or being composed of differing elements : variety; especially : the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization <programs intended to promote diversity in schools.>
  4. 4. African American History at Virginia Tech
  5. 5. Pre-segregation  Prominent People Charles Owens (1890) Floyd Meade (1896) John Sears (1917) Pat Mills (1919)  In 1930, extension programs serving Negro families were moved from Hampton Institute to Virginia State College at Petersburg and funding, accountability, and supervision of programs for both Negros and whites became the responsibility of the director of the Cooperative Extension Service at VPI.
  6. 6. Post-segregation • Prominent People Irving L. Peddrew III (1953) Charlie Yates (1954) Matthew Winston (1955) Essex Finney (1956) James Whitehurst (1959) Linda Adams, Jacquelyn Butler, Linda Edmonds, Freddie Hairston, Marguerite Harper, and Chiquita Hudson (1966) Jerry Gaines (1967) Larry Donnell Beale (1967) Heidi Ford (1968) Jacqueline Desylvia Dandridge (1968) Overton Johnson (1969) Charlie Lipscomb (1969)
  7. 7. The Lee Hall Controversy and The MOSIAC Theme Housing
  8. 8. Lee Hall  During the 125th anniversary of Virginia Tech, students in a history class came across a page in the 1896 Bugle listing Lee as a leader in the campus chapter of the KKK.  After a thorough investigation in 1997, it was determined that there was the potential that the organization was a hoax and that the hall name would not be changed.
  9. 9. MOSAIC Theme  MOSAIC was developed at the recommendation of the Commission on Equal Opportunity and Diversity to address questions about the namesake of Lee Hall in 2004 and as a result of student requests for a diversityfocused housing community.
  10. 10. MOSAIC Theme  Multicultural     Opportunity and Social Awareness Interest Community (MOSAIC)
  11. 11. MOSAIC Theme  Started in fall 2007  30% of Virginia Tech’s 9,125 on-campus residents live in a theme housing community.  Currently being restructured and is not available for participation during the 2011-2012 academic year.
  12. 12. Slusher Hall  "The Tree Lounge." Slusher Tower contains the Multicultural Opportunity Social Awareness Interest Community (MOSAIC) themed-housing community, an intercultural living environment that embraces all types of diversity.
  13. 13. Why theme housing?  These communities combine interest-related activities and academic course work with a residential environment to make it easier for students to connect with faculty members, work together in groups, and integrate learning with extracurricular experiences.
  14. 14. Why Theme Housing?  Higher cumulative GPA  Low drop out rate  High rate of class attendance  More interactions with peers and professors
  15. 15. “MOSAIC is yet another vehicle for the university to demonstrate its commitment to educating the whole person. This program will demonstrate Virginia Tech’s intention to operationalize its Principles of Community in real time, with real resources and with real results, producing cross-culturally competent leaders and supporters of equity and inclusion in the workplace, in our institutions and in our communities.” Benjamin Dixon, Vice President for Multicultural Affairs.
  16. 16. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Other Important Diversity Programs and Activities
  17. 17. Office for Diversity and Inclusion  Mission statement: To work to establish a collaborative approach to achieving inclusive excellence at Virginia Tech. We will provide leadership for building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive community where all individuals are appreciated and respected  Model of Inclusive Excellence
  18. 18. Equity Initiatives Department  Provides oversight of university affirmative action efforts and works in concert with departments to ensure adherence to equal opportunity principles as they relate to the search and selection of faculty
  19. 19. Virginia Tech’s Faculty Diversity  African American  Asian American  Hispanic  International  Native American  White  Unknown 3% 9% 2% 11% 0% 74% 0%
  20. 20. Committee for Equal Opportunity in Athletics  Requires Virginia Tech to conduct a “periodic review of athletics department activities for consistency with goals and objectives set forth in the institution’s and athletic department’s written commitment to diversity  Department of Athletic’s Minority Opportunity Plan
  21. 21. Diverse Academic Programs              Africana Studies American Indian Studies Appalachian Studies Asian Area Studies Business Diversity Minor Center for Gerontology Foreign Languages and Literatures International Studies Judaic Studies Race and Social Policy Research Center Department of Religion and Culture Science and Gender Equity Sociology - Interest areas in doctoral program include inequality, race, gender, and related topics  Women's and Gender Studies
  22. 22. Diverse Student Organizations               Asian American Student Union alpha Kappa Delta Phi Chinese American Society Filipino American Student Association Japanese Cultural Association Black Organizations Council African Student Association Association of Black Psychologists at Virginia Tech Black Graduate Student Organization Black Student Alliance National Society of Black Engineers Jewish Student Union Latino Association of Student Organizations Latin Link
  23. 23. DIVERSITY PLANS
  24. 24. VT’S DIVERSITY PLAN  To enhance the the quality of life of individuals and families across the life span by creating and maintaining a body of student, faculty, and staff which reflects the cultural diversity of the state of Virginia and the national population  To create opportunities for intellectual stimulation that are derived from an appreciation of multiple perspectives that are brought to the center and are allowed to flourish within a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff
  25. 25.  To build an infrastructure that promotes the full participation of all groups in the decision-making processes across the curriculum and administrative affairs of the college  To foster a supportive forum which channels and rewards internal and external collaborative initiatives and partnerships that recognize interlocking systems of oppression and privilege, in our teaching, research and outreach agendas.
  26. 26. UVA’S DIVERSITY PLAN  The university promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines. When people of different backgrounds come together, they exchange ideas, question assumptions, and broaden the horizons for us all. A UVA community rich in diversity affords every member equal respect – and provides a forum for understanding our differences as well as our commonalities.
  27. 27. Demographics Race/Ethnicity American Indian or Alaska Native Asian Black or African American Hispanics of any race Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander White Two or more races Not Reported Nonresident Alien Total Fall 2002 Fall 2003 On-Campus Undergraduate Students Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 47 1,452 54 1,473 54 1,472 52 1,503 69 1,523 1,205 384 0 1,243 419 0 1,179 436 0 1,069 479 0 976 503 0 16,978 16,482 0 0 707 1,029 640 594 21,413 21,294 Fall 2010 Fall 2011 69 71 68 56 57 1,655 967 586 0 1,787 916 659 0 1,823 888 779 1,873 876 896 1,918 875 1,030 1 17,456 160 1,873 464 23,512 12 17,838 401 1,176 509 23,637 15 17,709 612 816 615 23,647 16,044 16,032 15,850 16,678 17,373 0 0 0 0 0 1,524 1,918 2,574 2,568 2,247 563 514 457 464 480 21,272 21,567 21,938 22,987 23,533
  28. 28. UVA: •Asian, Asian Pacific American Programs JMU: •African Student Organization •Hispanic/Latino programs •Asian Student Union •Office for African American Affairs •Black Student Alliance •Chinese Student Association •International Student Association
  29. 29. Virginia Tech’s Principles of Community
  30. 30. Survey: How diverse do you feel the Virginia Tech community is? Responses 6% 19% 17% Very Diverse Somewhat Diverse Not Diverse 57% Other
  31. 31. Questions  Do you feel Virginia Tech is diverse.  Any key themes and differences in the two diversity     strategic plans ? Who has done a better job with the subject? In your opinion, has Virginia Tech been successful at implementing the stated diversity plan or is it “all talk”? Are there enough diverse organizations and programs on campus? Do you have any experience with diverse programs and organizations that you would like to share or organization or programs that we haven’t mentioned that you think are beneficial to know about?
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