How do I become a Diversity Scholar?
Diversity Scholars are chosen based upon their competency and experiences in diversity and inclusion, knowledge about cultural differences, and belief in the Virginia Tech Principles of Community.  A nomination is required as well as an application and is evaluated by a committee based upon several factors seen in congruence with the Inclusive Excellence model adopted by the University Strategic Plan.

To demonstrate competency in diversity and inclusion, applicants are encouraged to take GRAD 5984: Diversity and Inclusion for A Global Society, or to demonstrate knowledge based on past experience (e.g., work with diversity and/or inclusion) or course work (e.g., counselor education, sociology).

How much time will I have to commit as a Diversity Scholar?

The program officially takes place in the spring semester but projects/initiatives can be implemented year round. There will be bi-monthly or monthly group meetings and training sessions, which will be scheduled with group input. In late April or early May, Diversity Scholars will present thier iniatives to the University community at the Diversity Spotlight event.


How will I be recognized as Diversity Scholar?

Each diversity scholar brings gifts of service, culture, and experience. As recognition of these gifts, each scholar will receive $300 for the contributions offered to the university. Additionally, if a student presents their project at a conference, the Graduate School will assist with the conference fees and/or travel, with approval.


Eligibility Requirements:

Minimum eligibility requirements must be met to apply or be nominated; these requirements include:

  • Must be a current, full-time graduate student
  • Must be in good standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed nomination form (this can be a self-nomination) 
  • Completed application:

Application form


Essay (no more than 2 pages, double-spaced) on the topic:

What would you recommend as an initiative to enhance the climate of diversity and inclusion at Virginia Tech, why, and how would you implement it?


Application materials are due December 20, 2016.