Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown

The Graduate Life Center at Virginia Tech

The Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives works with students, faculty, and staff to increase the retention of graduate students. If you are interested in learning more about these programs, feel free to reach out to director Dannette Gomez Beane,, for details.


This program is open to all students who need a "study hall" to keep them on track. The group will meet on Friday afternoons to work in an uplifting atmosphere. Once a month, a guest motivator will offer resources toward finishing the degree.

Community of Scholars

This program is targeted to students who identify in underrepresented groups (i.e., racial and sexual minorities) and provides professional development based on identity.

Speakers will come twice a semester to speak about time management, communication, conflict resolution, and leadership.

PhocuseD to Phinish

This dissertation boot camp is offered once a semester and targets students of color who are working on their dissertation. The program will offer a three-day writing retreat with food and support.

Peer-to-Peer Support Coach

Students who are on academic probation, admitted provisionally, or need additional academic guidance are encouraged to meet with a peer support coach.

The time spent with the coach will help the student to identify goals, navigate obstacles, and receive resources for academic success.