The Graduate School is dedicated to providing an inclusive and affirming environment for all students. Along with InclusiveVT, the Division of Student Affairs, and academic departments, the Graduate School offers programs and services to ensure that graduate students thrive.

Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives (ORDI)

From recruitment to graduation, supporting student excellence through diversity


Provide campus leadership in collaboration with academic departments and colleges in developing, implementing, and operating events and activities that are designed to recruit and assist underrepresented students’ personal development, academic achievement, and graduation.


Provide exceptional support and retention services to American Indian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin@, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, First generation, Active Duty and Veteran, LGTBQ, Non-traditional, and Differently Abled students increasing enrollment and graduation rates.  


  1. Increase the outreach, recruitment, and graduation of U.S. historically underrepresented groups (i.e., American Indian, Black/African American, Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander).
  2. Support students' adjustment to campus by coordinating guidance and counseling support among other campus units.
  3. Maximize collaborations with campus units and student organizations to create environments and programs to support and sustain students’ success and continuation at the University.
  4. Strategize with academic units in monitoring the progress of students and make appropriate referrals to campus units.
  5. Promote and develop educational opportunities and enrichment activities to help facilitate the educational and personal growth of student participants through organized activities and collaborative efforts with other campus units.

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Dannette Gomez Beane

Dannette Gomez Beane (pgp her, hers, she) is from San Antonio, Texas and has lived in Virginia for almost 20 years. She has served Virginia Tech as a career and outreach coordinator and now director of the Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives in the Graduate School. She is married with three children. Her career interests are career development, social justice advocacy, enrollment management policy, and women's issues. She is a member of the Hispanic/Latino Faculty and Staff Caucus and is an active member of her church.

Office Hours are Tuesdays 10:30am-12pm

ORDI Advisory Board

The ORDI Advisory Board members are alumni who serve a three-year term to provide guidance and support regarding the goals and vision of the recruitment, retention, and graduation of diverse graduate students at Virginia Tech.

Nayesdi Badillo-Delgado, MA, ’15, Educational Leadership and Administration

Jeremy Barksdale, MA ’12, Public Administration,  Ph.D. ‘13, & Policy and Computer Science

C.L. Bohannon, Ph.D., ’15, Architecture & Design Research

Kelly Cross, Ph.D., ’14, Engineering Education

Whitley Johnson, MA, ’16, Educational Leadership and Administration

Chris Kwaramba, MBA ’15, Business Administration

Shernita Lee, Ph.D. ‘14, Genetics Bioinformatics, Computational Biology

Michelle McCleese, MA, ’05, Sociology

Reggie Stroble, MA, ’14, Educational Leadership and Administration