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Black Lives Matter Statement

As a Women’s Center, we pause to honor life and mourn loss in the wake of the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade. We know our community is hurting and we are with you. We join our campus partners in supporting and standing in solidarity with Virginia Tech’s Black and African American students, families, employees, alumni and community members. 

For a quarter of a century, the mission of the Women’s Center has been to promote a Virginia Tech community that is safe, equitable, and supportive for women. We recognize that gender equity is inextricably bound to racial equity. We understand that gender-based violence will only be eliminated if racial violence is eradicated. We commit to doing more to end racial violence and hold ourselves and those responsible accountable for the harm caused.

This is an extraordinarily difficult time for our nation and our local community and we recognize that many are feeling the impacts of trauma.  Please know that we see you. We hear you. And we are here to support you. While we are not physically present in the little yellow house over on Washington Street, we are here.  

We will continue to use our platform for change, not only in voice and thought, but in action, support, and resources.