Campus Resources

History

  • Architecture Archives: The International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA), established in 1985, is a joint program of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the University Libraries at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). The purpose of the archive is to document the history of women's involvement in architecture by collecting, preserving, storing, and making available to researchers the professional papers of women architects, landscape architects, designers, architectural historians and critics, and urban planners, and the records of women's architectural organizations, from around the world.
  • Black Women at Virginia Tech History Project: The Black Women at Virginia Tech History Project is a multi-phase research and education program initiated by Elaine Carter in 1994. Ms. Carter was a graduate assistant at the Women's Center and worked in conjunction with Tamara Kennelly, University Archivist, to research and record the experiences of the six African-American women who entered Virginia Tech in the fall of 1966. The project continues, collecting narratives and oral histories of other pioneers in VT's history. Visit the Project's website for more information.
  • History of Women at Virginia Tech: The History of Women at Virginia Tech digital timeline project is a collaborative effort to showcase women’s history at this university through archival documents, photographs, interviews, and more. The project team has worked since 2015 to conduct research, gather documents and artifacts, and collect oral histories. This digital exhibit is in progress and new content is being added all the time. Please visit regularly.

Services

  • Services for Students with Disabilities: The Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office exists to assist the university with its mission of promoting students' academic success, personal growth, and development of life skills. SSD works to ensure that students with disabilities receive equal access to curricular and co-curricular opportunities in the academic community, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  • University ADA Services: University ADA Services offers equal access through individualized accommodation, consultations, physical and programmatic access, education, and review of policies and procedures.
  • Inspring Women in Lifelong Leadership (I WILL): I will ... ignite, connect, and celebrate women who will make a difference in their own ways!  This is the mission of a leadership education initiative focused on Inspiring Women in Lifelong Leadership (I WILL).  Student Affairs is spearheading the I WILL leadership education and engagement opportunity with a simple vision: inspire women, impact the world.
  • Cook Counseling Center: Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center provides individual counseling and group counseling for enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Consultation and outreach services are provided for Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and student organizations.
  • Schiffert Health Center: In support of Virginia Tech's mission to educate the whole person, the Charles W. Schiffert Health Center promotes the current and future well being of students through the provision of primary health care and health education.
  • Virginia Tech Police: The Virginia Tech Police Department is a fully licensed law enforcement agency whose primary responsibility is maintaining the safety and well-being of the Virginia Tech community. They offer crime prevention services, including an escort service and the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) program.

Scholarship

  • Women's and Gender Studies at Virginia Tech: The Women's and Gender Studies Program at Virginia Tech is an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural program aimed at cultivating an understanding of the complex ways in which gender is defined in relation to social structure, history, culture, and technology. Contact: Katy Powell, Director of Women's and Gender Studies, (540) 231-5076
  • Women and Gender in International Development: The Women in International Development program seeks to ensure a gender-sensitive approach to all Office of International Research, Education, and Development projects, and to raise awareness about gender and development issues at Virginia Tech. It does this by: providing leadership within the office to ensure that programs are gender-sensitive and have a positive impact on the most disadvantaged beneficiaries, many of whom are women; seeking funding for research and development projects focusing on women; and involving Tech faculty and students in collaborative activities with host country counterparts.

Student Organizations

  • LGBT Caucus/Safe Zone: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus at Virginia Tech formed in 1992 as an affiliate of the Women's Network. The Caucus purpose is improving the working and learning environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members of Virginia Tech and the surrounding community.
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance Office/Safe Zone: Established in 1985 as Lambda Horizon, the LGBTA has undergone many transformations. During the early 1990's the organization changed its name to LGBT and later to LGBTA. In 1998, the organization became a University Chartered Student Organization and began the Safe Zone program. Safe Zone was a collaborative effort between the Dean of Student's office, the LGBTA, the LGBT Caucus, and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. Today, the organization's main focus is programmatic, not political.
  • Hypatia: Women in Engineering Learning Community, located in Slusher Wing, brings together female first-year engineering students in a residential environment to provide encouragement and support in pursuing a career in engineering. Hypatia participants are enrolled in a fall semester seminar class that covers such topics as successful academic strategies and exploring critical issues surrounding women's roles in predominately male fields.
  • United Feminist Movement: We are actively focused on empowering women and girls. The group serves as an advocate for women’s concerns on campus and works on issues related to gender and equality, violence against women, body image, and women’s reproductive health. We take the lead in organizing the annual Take Back the Night Rally and March to unite the community to protest violence against women. We also participate in women’s month activities, showcasing the Clothesline Project with the Montgomery County NOW, publishing a women’s magazine, and creating an assault info magnet. UFM is a non-profit, student-run organization.

Support

  • Cranwell International Center: The Cranwell International Center is committed to the University's globalization initiatives and serves as the primary support service for the international community. The Cranwell International Center promotes intercultural exchange, fosters a welcoming environment, and enhances the experience of all University and community participants. We support the university's focus on teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement through our commitment to quality programming, strong advocacy, collaboration, a dedicated facility, and valuable services.
  • Dean of Student's Office: The Dean of Student's Office creates a campus climate which promotes the personal and intellectual development of students by offering both support and challenge. The office provides support for the transition to college life, for the creation of a campus community which is welcoming to all and which celebrates diversity, through coordination of access and accommodation for students with disabilities, through leading the response to student emergencies, and by serving as a voice for student concerns within the broader campus community. The office serves as the primary link between students, parents, faculty, and the administration of the university. It offers a first line of response for parents and students in addressing issues in any area of student life.
  • Equity and Access: The Office of Equity and Access within Human Resources coordinates the development of policy, procedures, programs, and services related to equality of opportunity in employment, access, retention, and general treatment of faculty, staff, students and visitors.  The Office monitors the University’s compliance with all federal, state and University policies related to equal opportunity. The Office of Equity and Access accomplishes its mission through the implementation of initiatives within the areas of: Compliance and Conflict Resolution, University Americans with Disabilities Act Services, and Equity Initiatives.
  • Hokie Wellness: Human Resources: Hokie Wellness is designed to deliver programming and information which focuses on the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and financial well-being of all University employees, thereby increasing employee health and productivity.
  • Lactation Rooms: The Lactation Room Project was initiated in the fall of 1999 soon after the creation of a lactation facility in Newman Library. The Newman facility was built as the result of lobbying by two women in the building. Interest in a formalized plan identifying additional campus spaces for nursing/pumping mothers resulted in a meeting attended by some 35 student, staff, and faculty women from across the university. Women shared stories of their difficult and often unfruitful quest for a clean, private, and appropriate space in which to pump breast milk. The Lactation Room Project is a collaboration between the VT Women’s Center, the Office of Family and Work/Life Resources, and the VT Coordinating Council on Women’s Concerns. For more information and for a listing of lactation rooms on campus, visit the Office of Family and Work/Life Resources.
  • Cultural and Community Centers (CCC): The mission of the CCC is to promote the academic, personal, and social success of all students, particularly those from under-represented and historically marginalized populations. CCC values diversity and strives to transform the Virginia Tech community through cross-cultural exchange. We will increase multicultural competencies as a means of achieving educational excellence.
  • Office of Student Conduct: seeks to promote a civil learning environment that fosters personal growth and the development of life skills by holding students and student organizations accountable for conduct inconsistent with the expectations of the university community. The Student Conduct system educates students about appropriate behavior and fosters a community in which academic success can occur.
  • StopAbuse: Virginia Tech commits to working toward ending abuse and violence on campus; supporting the abused, and holding perpetrators accountable.  Visit the StopAbuse website to learn more about getting help, getting educated, and getting involved.