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VT Women Connect

Virginia Tech supports the mission of The Virginia Network through VT Women Connect (VTWC). VTWC is an informal network that promotes, develops and supports Virginia Tech’s professional women by providing a forum to forge relationships, develop supportive networks, and share ideas and information. We engage with women who are in leadership and management roles, as well as those who aspire to these roles. Donna Cassell Ratcliffe, Director of Career and Professional Development, and Anna LoMascolo, Co-Director of the Women’s Center, serve as VT’s Institutional Representatives to the Virginia Network and catalysts for activities here on the Virginia Tech campus.

The goal of The Virginia Network is to promote women's leadership in higher education and throughout society as a whole; to create an educational, social, and political climate in which women, in all their diversity, can participate equally with men in setting public agendas; to facilitate connections among women in various sectors of higher education and with other organizations and networks with shared goals on the institutional, state, regional, professional, national, and international levels; and to foster strategic alliances and facilitate effective partnerships between women and men in the workplace.

Click here to learn more about VT Women Connect.

AdvanceVT/Women's Center Leadership Lunches

In fall 2005, AdvanceVT initiated a series of "Leadership Lunches" to provide women faculty and administrators with the opportunity to learn from and interact with current academic leaders, as well as to meet and network with other women from across campus. Lunches are open to everyone, but are advertised primarily to women faculty. The atmosphere is casual and time is reserved for questions and discussion following each speaker's remarks. Speakers are primarily from Virginia Tech with occasional visitors from other campuses. Past speakers include current and former provosts, a president emeritus, vice presidents, deans and associate deans, department heads, research center directors, and professional society leaders.  Learn more about upcoming and past featured speakers.

The VT Women's Alliance

In the spirit of Ut Prosim, the Virginia Tech Women's Alliance champions an equitable and inclusive culture.

The Women's Alliance, in solidarity with caucuses and other university and community allies, provides the Virginia Tech community a forum to achieve shared goals and promote opportunities for underrepresented groups, which includes women of all identities by advancing:

  • Dialogue among the Women's Alliance and the university community
  • Campus services and programs that address the needs of women
  • Efforts to remove systemic barriers to advancement
  • Equity in hiring, promotion, and compensation
  • Mentoring and networking opportunities
  • Access to quality childcare for university employees and students
  • Positive and inclusive campus climate
  • Identification and resolution of campus equity and safety issues

For more information, contact Gayatri Ankem or Tamara Cherry-Clarke.

Kids' Night Out

A Drop-In Evening Child Care For Kids aged 2-12. The Women's Center becomes a place for kids to spend some hours having fun while parents run errands, relax over dinner, study or attend a lecture, catch up on work or just need a break. Whatever your reason, we provide your child a fun and safe place and you a peace of mind.

Where: Women's Center, 206 Washington Street
 Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 when classes are in session (EXCEPTION: Thursday evening home football games=NO Kids' Night Out)
Children (aged 2-12) of any VT student. Children must be toilet trained.
 Just drop in--no pre-registration required.

Sponsored by the Women's Center at Virginia Tech and child care provided by Chi Delta Alpha.  For additional information on upcoming events, please contact Jessie Meltsner at (540) 231-7806.

Working Moms' Support Group

An opportunity for working mothers to come together to share, vent, network, share information and resources and support one another.  To sign up for the listserv or for more information, contact Christine Smith.