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Women's Center Race & Equity Review


Chimi Boyd-Keyes will be conducting an external review of our department and help facilitate our strategic planning initiatives specifically related to intersectional and anti-oppressive approaches to achieving our mission. Our mission is to promote a campus community that is safe, equitable, inclusive and support for women and that celebrates their experiences, achievements and diversity.

We will be working with Chimi for the next several months to gather information, evaluate the needs of our community, and determine short-term and long-terms goals to better meet those needs. Her process is incredibly thorough and starts with a 12 week information gathering process that includes key informant interviews, focus groups, surveys, and the establishment of an advisory committee. 

The Women's Center is thrilled to be working with Chimi and we are looking forward to identifying the best ways that we can serve the Virginia Tech community. 

Do you have feedback for us? One way you can share your input and experiences is by participating in this review by contacting Chimi Boyd-Keyes at

As Founder and CEO of CBK Enterprises, Chimi focuses on equity by helping organizations incorporate intersectional approaches in their work. Her mission is to help people realize their highest potential by connecting to their Purpose. As a successful entrepreneur and much sought after consultant, speaker, trainer and grant writer, she is passionate about creating programs and initiatives that develop leaders and promote an equitable, inclusive environment. As a seasoned Higher Education professional for 18 years, Chimi has worked extensively on women’s and gender issues and topics relating to other marginalized populations.  She has directed two university Women’s Centers, one at a historically black university (HBCU) and one at a predominantly white university (PWI).  She also was at the helm of a volunteerism/social justice organization and has led a program designed to help at-risk youth pursue higher education.

Chimi Body-Keyes sitting on steps in a yellow top and jeans.

Chimi is a co-Principal Investigator of the only published study that exists on Sexual Assault at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and has been a consultant for the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, Research Triangle Institute, the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, several other state coalitions, the US Army, in addition to numerous colleges and non-profits all over the US. She also serves on both NC Domestic Violence Prevention and Sexual Assault Prevention taskforces.

She co-founded Helpers and Advocates for Violence Ending Now (HAVEN), an award-winning program which trains faculty, staff, and students to be allies for students who are survivors of sexual and relationship violence and stalking, and Circle of Sisters, an initiative dedicated to women’s leadership development. She has successfully applied for and has been awarded over $2.5 million in grants and sponsorships. Chimi is proud to have created a bystander intervention training specifically for HBCUs and students of color at all colleges and universities called “Bout That Life,” a leadership development program for high school girls and college women of color called “ShElect” and a spoken word tool for people of color to talk about gender-based violence “WOKE: Telling Our Stories. Healing Our Communities.”

A native of Durham, NC, Chimi is proud to have received both her BA and MA in psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University, respectively.

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Please check back regularly for updates on the review process.