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Inclusion and Diversity Requirement

Graphic showing the components of the Inclusion and Diversity Requirement

Virginia Tech is preparing its graduate students to recognize and address issues around diversity and inclusion that are ingrained in every aspect of our society. The Inclusion and Diversity requirement, emphasizes the guiding values of the institution and takes an active stance in training students to be allies and advocates in their respective disciplines.

The adoption of this requirement, which goes into effect in Spring 2022, creates a universal standard to showcase our commitment to an inclusive graduate education for all students and promote ut prosim (service). While the future challenges are unknown upon post-graduation, this requirement equips graduate students with the necessary tools to be active and present in those moments.

We will add more requirement plans from schools and units as they are approved. 

You'll find a link to the policy requiring inclusion and diversity plans below, followed by links to the approved inclusion and diversity requirement plans. All are accessible to the public on a a Google Drive and are grouped by college. The semester in which the plan became effective is listed next to the link.

College plan (Effective Spring 2022)

Animal and Poultry Sciences (Effective Fall 2019)

Biochemistry (Effective Spring 2022)


Architecture (Effective Spring 2022)

Architecture and Design Research (Effective Spring 2022)

Creative Technologies (Effective Spring 2022)

Environmental Design and Planning Ph.D. (Effective Fall 2021)

Landscape Architecture (Effective Spring 2022)

Material Culture & Public Humanities (Effective Spring 2022)

Theatre Arts (Effective Spring 2022)

Pamplin College of Business ((Effective Fall 2021)

Biomechanical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM) (Effective Fall 2021)

College of Engineering Plan (Effective Fall 2019)

Computer Science (Effective Spring 2020)

Materials Science and Engineering (Effective Fall 2020)

Myers-Lawson School of Construction (Effective Fall 2021)

Alliance of Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (ASPECT) (Effective Spring 2022)

Center for Public Affairs and Policy (Effective Spring 2022)

Communications (Effective Fall 2021)

Creative Writing (Effective Spring 2022)

English (Effective Fall 2019)

Government and International Affairs (Effective Spring 2022)

History (Effective Spring 2022)

Human Development and Family Science (Effective Spring 2022)

Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures (Effective Spring 2022)

Philosophy (Effective Spring 2022)

Political Science (Effective Fall 2021)

Planning, Governance, and Globalization (Effective Spring 2022)

Rhetoric and Writing (Effective Fall 2019)

Science, Technology, and Society (Effective Spring 2022)

Sociology (Effective Fall 2019)

Urban and Regional Planning (Effective Spring 2022)

College of Natural Resources and Environment Plan (Effective Spring 2022)

Forest Products (Sustainable Biomaterials) (Effective Spring 2022)

Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation (Effective Fall 2021)

Geography (Effective Fall 2021)

Geospacial and Environmental Analysis (Effective Fall 2021)

Master of Natural Resources degree (Effective Spring 2022)

Biological Sciences (Effective Spring 2022)

Chemistry (Effective Spring 2022)

Economics (Effective Spring 2022)

Geosciences (Effective Spring 2022)

Mathematics (Effective Spring 2022)

Neuroscience (Effective Spring 2022)

Physics (Effective Fall 2020)

Psychology (Effective Spring 2022)

Statistics (Effective Spring 2022)

BioBuild (Effective Spring 2022)

Biological Transport Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (BIOTRANS) (Effective Spring 2022)

Data Analysis and Applied Statistics (DAAS) (Effective Spring 2022)

Disaster Resilience (Effective Spring 2022)

Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (GBCB)

Human Centered Design (Effective Spring 2022)

Individualized PhD (IPhD) (Effective Spring 2022)

Infectious Disease (Effective Spring 2022)

Interfaces for Global Change (Effective Spring 2022)

Macromolecular Science and Engineering (Effective Spring 2022)

Molecular and Cellular Biology (Effective Spring 2022)

Regenerative Medicine (See effective date for student's home program)

Remote Sensing (Effective Spring 2022)

Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health (Effective Date Fall 2020)

Translational Plant Science (Effective Spring 2022)

Water INTERface (See effective date for student's home program)

Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences (Effective Fall 2021)

Public Health (Effective Spring 2022)