Laurie Brogdon
• Diversity – differences
  The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and
  recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation,
  socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of
  these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond
  simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual

• Multicultural – several different cultures
  The term multiculturalism generally refers to a theory of racial, cultural and ethnic diversity that applies to the demographic
  make-up of a specific place, usually at the scale of an organization such as a school, business, neighborhood, city or nation.

  Multicultural education is a progressive approach for transforming education that holistically critiques and addresses current
  shortcomings, failings, and discriminatory practices in education. It is grounded in ideals of social justice, education equity,
  and a dedication to facilitating educational experiences in which all students reach their full potential as learners and as
  socially aware and active beings, locally, nationally, and globally. Multicultural education acknowledges that schools are
  essential to laying the foundation for the transformation of society and the elimination of oppression and injustice

• Inclusion - the state of being included
  Move from diversity being optional to diversity being engrained in our everyday practices, policies/procedures, and way of
            Multicultural Alumni

• There are over 20,000 Multicultural Alumni
• Focus on engaging these groups
  -African American (@6,100)
  -Hispanic/Latino (@ 2,300)
  -Asian/Pacific Islander (@ 12,000)
  -American Indian-Alaskan Native (@300)
  -International – (@3,062)
         Multicultural Alumni
• Multicultural does encompass more groups:
  -Alumni across generations
  -Alumni with disabilities
  -Many others
      Multicultural Alumni by Chapter
          (areas with the highest concentration)
• Multicultural Alumni Totals           Total Alumni Counts
  -National Capital Region      4,778   27,361
  -New River Valley             1,159   10,414
  -Richmond                     923     13,590
  -Tidewater                    673     6,828
  -Greater Prince William       657     4,117
  -Loudon County                610     4,897
  -Northern California          561     2,141
  -Annapolis                    510     3,507
  -New Jersey                   338     2,796
  -Atlanta                      318     3,183
  -Baltimore                    314     3,620
Multicultural Students by Chapter Area
                (total number of current students)
•   National Capital Region         1385
•   New River Valley                297
•   Richmond                        229
•   Tidewater                       273
•   Greater Prince William          237
•   Loudon County                   187
•   Northern California             5
•   Annapolis                       52
•   New Jersey                      58
•   Atlanta                         24
•   Baltimore                       42
•   New York City                   23
•   Research Triangle               18
•   Roanoke Valley                  63
•   Charlotte                       16
      Multicultural Alumni By State
•   Virginia - 9,200
•   Maryland – 1,300
•   California – 1,100
•   North Carolina – 650
•   Texas – 420
•   Florida – 385
•   Georgia - 340
        Race and the Institution
• Provost’s Office put together taskforce in 2006
• Final Report in 2007
• Alumni and Community Outreach part of the
• List of recommendations on how VT can
  increase diversity campus wide
• Multicultural Alumni Programs should include
  specific programs and targeted efforts for all
  underrepresented alumni groups.
• Alumni and community engagement call for
  improved engagement, recognition, and
  marketing initiatives that reflect and serve the
  broader university community and alumni
     Multicultural Alumni Programs
• Increase active participation and engagement
  of alumni from diverse backgrounds with:
      -Virginia Tech
      -Virginia Tech Alumni Association
      -Chapter/Local Community
      -Current VT Students
      -Prospective Students
     Multicultural Alumni Programs
• Alumni to Alumni Engagement
     Example: Reunions
• Alumni to Student Engagement
     Example: Legacy Through Leadership
               Speaker Series
• Alumni involvement in local/regional areas
     Example: Diversity Chair
• Proactive approach
• The demographics of all the alumni within the
  chapter area
• The environment
     -Is it welcoming
• The type of program
     -Will it appeal to alumni from diverse
                DIVERSITY CHAIR
• Represent the needs/interests of multicultural alumni
  within the chapters
• Raise awareness about the
  needs/interests/experiences of multicultural alumni
• Create and offer programs/events that may appeal to
  all kinds of people (multicultural alumni)
• Assist in creating a welcoming and inclusive
  environment for all
• Engage alumni from diverse backgrounds in our local
• Additional alumni volunteers
      (more help, resources, ideas, etc.)
• Increased engagement with alumni from diverse
  backgrounds can positively impact:
      -Recruitment/Retention of students
      -Alumni Networks
• Demonstrate a commitment to VT’s mission of
  increasing diversity and building a more inclusive
• Superlative Award that recognizes the chapter
  that demonstrates the greatest commitment
  to diversity
  How can my chapter participate
• Select/appoint alumnus/alumna from diverse
  background to serve on the Executive Board
• Plan 1 Diversity Program each year
        Diversity Program Ideas
• Invite Alumni from diverse backgrounds to
      -Put a list of possible speakers on the
      chapter webpage
• Program around cultural heritage months
     -Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month
• Community Service
    -Wayne Robinson Principles of Community
    5K Run/Walk
         Diversity Program Ideas
• Cultural Outings
     -Museums, salsa dance lessons, Alvin Ailey
     American Dance Theater
• Student Recruitment
     -”Virginia Tech Day” for underrepresented
  high school students who have been offered
  admission to VT
       How to evaluate success
• Increase in number of alumni from diverse
  backgrounds who participate in chapter
• Increase in number of students who attend
  Virginia Tech from the chapter area
• Increase in number of multicultural students
  who attend Virginia Tech from the chapter
          How To Get Started
• Identify an interest in participating
• Select an alumnus/alumna from diverse
  background to serve on the Executive Board
• Work with the Director of Multicultural
  Alumni Programs
         Assistance to Chapter
• Director of Multicultural Alumni Programs will
  work with the Diversity Chair to:
  -Identify multicultural alumni in the chapter
  -Invite multicultural alumni to chapter
  -Create and execute the chapter diversity
• Multicultural Alumni Advisory Board
  Passed a resolution to support the Diversity Chair

  “We Affirm The Value Of Human Diversity
     Because It Enriches Our Lives And The
 University. We Acknowledge And Respect Our
   Differences While Affirming Our Common
                  Humanity.”   principles-of-community.html
             President Steger’s
           Vision For The Future

Foster an organizational culture that nurtures
 the next generation of leadership, enhances
 diversity, and sustains a positive momentum
         geared to a successful future.
             Core Values
“A Commitment to Diverse and Inclusive Communities. In
      carrying out its mission, Virginia Tech values the
    educational benefits of diverse ideas, peoples, and
   cultures. Articulated in the Virginia Tech Principles of
   Community, adopted by the board of visitors in 2005,
     diversity enlivens the exchange of ideas, broadens
   scholarship, and contributes to just engagement in all
                  the world’s communities.”
• Office for Equity and Inclusion
• Taskforce Report on Race and the Institution
• University’s Strategic Plan
• Diversity Strategic Plan
• Multicultural Alumni Advisory Board

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