Principles of Community Speaker Series to focus on student veterans at Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 26, 2010 – The second Principles of Community Speaker Series will highlight the return of student veterans to higher education.

A panel of Virginia Tech student veterans will headline the general session on Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room in the Graduate Life Center. This session “Student Voices – Stories of Student Veterans at Virginia Tech,” will bring to light important issues and concerns that student veterans face when entering, or resuming their college studies.

The second session, an interactive workshop for faculty titled “Creating an Inclusive Classroom Environment for Student Veterans,” is scheduled for Nov. 15 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Drillfield Room at The Inn at Virginia Tech. This session will feature ideas for incorporating inclusive pedagogy as it relates to assisting veterans’ transition into college. Shelli Fowler, executive director of Graduate Development Programs and New Pedagogies, and Ellington Graves, assistant director of the Race and Social Policy Research will facilitate the Nov. 15 session.

Please RSVP to Alicia Cohen if you plan to attend this event. For more information, contact the Office for Diversity and Inclusion or by phone at (540) 231-1822.

The Principles of Community Speaker Series was developed as a way to provide the campus community more frequent facilitated interactions and dialog concerning diversity issues at Virginia Tech.

The Principles of Community Speaker Series is sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 225 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $496 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.