BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 16, 2014 – Nine Virginia Cooperative Extension employees recently came to Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus where they participated in a week-long inclusion and diversity program.
All 9 are now qualified to take what they have learned back to their respective communities to teach others how to create and maintain environments in which all community members feel valued and respected.
- Jennifer Bowen, Prince Edward County
- Tara Brent, Northumberland County
- Katherine Carter, Botetourt County
- Corey Childs, Warren County
- Sam Nagurny, Fairfax County
- Daniel Nortman, York County
- Molly Parker, Bath County
- Drexel Pierce, Greensville County
- Christina Ruszczyk-Murray, Northampton County
During the week-long program, participants attended several Diversity Development Institute workshops, including Fundamentals of Diversity, Fostering Inclusive Environments, and Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World. At the end of the week, they received their Diversity Ally Certificate.
The Diversity Ally Certificate is one of the many certificate programs offered through University Organizational and Professional Development in Virginia Tech’s Department of Human Resources. A total of 73 faculty and staff members have earned the certificate, which is open to all Virginia Tech employees who want to develop their skills in diversity and inclusion content and practice.