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Is the institutional and individual commitment to Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence.

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A headshot of Dr. Pratt wearing a suit jacket with a row of glass windows behind her. The image is cast in a crimson overlay. A pull quote (in the post) is featured in the center, with the OID logo in the bottom left and the header “Menah’s Meditations” across the top.

Dr. Menah Pratt smiles behind a quote that reads Art comples us to reconsider the history we think we know.

Menah’s Meditation: Black History Month

When distinguished Virginian Carter G. Woodson first established Negro History Week in February 1926, he recognized the value in giving each celebration its own theme to highlight the specific contributions of Black Americans to the story of their country. February has been celebrated nationally as Black History Month since 1976.

In 2024, we are focusing on Black art and artists. Art—music, paintings, poetry, pottery, memoir, theatre, jewelry, fashion, and so much more—transcends all boundaries placed upon it. Art is the theme and event itself.

President Tim Sands announces a $500 million fundraising effort for Virginia Tech Advantage and recognizes a $10 million gift toward that goal. Photo by Clark DeHart for Virginia Tech.
President Tim Sands announces a $500 million fundraising effort for Virginia Tech Advantage and recognizes a $10 million gift toward that goal. Photo by Clark DeHart for Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech Advantage is an integrated program to provide a broad educational experience to undergraduates from the Commonwealth of Virginia who have financial need.

Two university-level working groups developed strategies to enhance undergraduate student experiences and financial feasibility. Among them: a) increasing financial support for undergraduate students, and b) increasing support for basic needs, career preparation, and transformational learning experiences.

Inclusive Campus Resources

The Janie Hoge Memorial Scholarship Fund

A Black woman with short hair stands in the sun wearing a dark, knee-length dress, her hands clasped behind her back. The photograph is black and white, grainy, clearly old.
Mrs. Janie Hoge

From 1953 to 1959, Janie Hoge and her husband William, housed eight Black Virginia Tech students in their home at 306 Clay Street. At this time, segregation prevented the students from participating in any non-academic amenities, including living or eating on campus.

Every day, Janie prepared three meals, cleaned their bedrooms, washed and ironed their clothing, and provide them with a safe, caring and supportive home. Partially due to her efforts and their own fortitude, these students would achieve success.

Honor Mrs. Hoge’s legacy by giving to the Janie Hoge Memorial Scholarship. Our goal is to raise $100,000. This endowment will support students in perpetuity.

Virtual Safe Zone at Virginia Tech

VirTual Safe Zone: A new campus model for personal and professional development.

Virginia Tech was chosen as a Diversity Champion in the 2023 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award selection from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. As a recipient of the annual HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — Virginia Tech will be featured, along with other recipients, in the November/December 2023 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. This honor is bestowed upon a limited number of colleges and universities across the nation, and this is the eighth consecutive year Virginia Tech has been named as a HEED Award recipient.

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The Vice President's Corner

 The Office for Inclusion and Diversity and the diversity liaisons, directors, deans, and committees across campus are a powerful resource and I hope that each of you will be even more engaged and involved this year by attending and participating in programs and learning opportunities. Our website has been updated and is a wealth of information. Please visit it regularly at

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