Our vision is for a diverse and inclusive learning, living and working community defined by excellence through: the affirmation of differences in the composition of Virginia Tech’s leadership, faculty and staff and students; the configuration of its policies, procedures, organizational structures, curricula and cocurricular programs, and the fabric of its interpersonal relationships.
The mission of the Human Resources Office of Equity and Access is to assist Virginia Tech in creating and maintaining diverse, inclusive and respectful learning, living and working environments. Congruently with the institution’s Diversity Strategic Plan, we not only work toward diverse representation in these environments, but with a goal to providing opportunities for each individual’s full participation and success in every facet of the campus community in a climate of respect.
The Office for Equity and Access contributes to these efforts by promoting physical access to university facilities and programs as well as working with faculty and staff seeking workplace accommodations for individuals with disabilities, overseeing the university’s federally-mandated affirmative action efforts and fair hiring practices, handling harassment and discrimination concerns, and providing consultation and guidance to members of the university community; and making conflict resolution services available to faculty, staff, students at Virginia Tech.
The Office of Equity and Access coordinates the development of policy, procedures, programs, and services related to equality of opportunity in employment, access, retention, and general treatment of faculty, staff, students and visitors. The Office monitors the University’s compliance with all federal, state and University policies related to equal opportunity. The Office of Equity and Access accomplishes its mission through the implementation of initiatives within the areas of: Compliance and Conflict Resolution, University Americans with Disabilities Act Services, and Equity Initiatives.
Like the Principles of Community, our work is shaped by Virginia Tech’s core values: freedom of inquiry, mutual respect, lifelong learning, and a commitment to diverse and inclusive communities, Ut Prosim, personal and institutional integrity and a culture of continuous improvement.
Our role is to support and advance the University's commitment to diversity by providing advice, guidance, and leadership to administrators, faculty, and staff in their efforts to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and to ensure a campus community free from discrimination and harassment. We are committed to advancing equal access in all opportunities, programs, services, and facilities of the University in strict accordance with applicable federal laws, state laws, and University policies.