What is a Diversity Scholar?
Diversity scholars are graduate students who specialize in and advocate for the awareness, knowledge, and skills associated with diversity and inclusion in the Graduate School and greater community. A diversity scholar's goal is to create dialogue, provide advocacy, and implement change for a more diverse and inclusive experience for all graduate students, faculty, staff, and administrators. This involvement can take place in many forms and can be specific to a particular curriculum or department, or it can be more global.
Diversity scholars propose, design, and implement projects that enhance the quality of life at Virginia Tech in terms of one or all of the following:
1) Equity - fair opportunities and access.
2) Inclusion - a climate of welcome and affirmation.
3) Diversity - demographic representation from a broad range of backgrounds, particularly from historically underrepresented and under-served groups.
As Diversity Scholars, graduate students exhibit the following strengths and knowledge in their work:
- Intercultural/Cross-Cultural Understanding
- Advocacy Competencies
- Identity Development Models
- Communication Competencies
- Conflict Resolution Skills
- Attention to Power Dynamics
- Interests of Particular Constituencies/Populations
At the end of each Spring semester in May, the Graduate School holds a "Diversity Spotlight" luncheon program, during which Diversity Scholars give short lightning-round style presentations about their projects. This year's Spotlight will be at 12 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, in the Graduate Life Center multipurpose room.