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New Women Colleague Welcome

For the past 15 years, the Women’s Center, AdvanceVT, the Graduate School, the Women’s and Gender Studies program, and the VT Women’s Alliance and Caucus have hosted a Welcome Reception for New Women Colleagues.  This annual tradition is an informal opportunity for new women faculty, staff and graduate students at VT to gather as a community, begin forging connections and networks, and to share resource information, and more.  This year we are sad to miss the opportunity to welcome our new colleagues in person, but offer this virtual message and resource page as a welcoming gesture.  We all look forward to the opportunity to meet face-to-face as soon as it is safe and healthy to do so. 

Wishing all of our new women colleagues at Virginia Tech a terrific fall semester.

The Virginia Network promotes 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.

VT Women Connect 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.  Join the VT Women Connect Directory to network and connect with other Virginia Tech women around areas of expertise and mutual interest.

The Women's Alliance provides the Virginia Tech community a forum to achieve shared goals and promote opportunities for underrepresented groups, which includes women of all identities.

AdvanceVT began in 2003 with a grant from the National Science Foundation to promote and enhance the careers of women in academic science and engineering through institutional transformation.

The university has developed Work/Life Policies to assist faculty with the challenges of balancing professional and personal life.

The Recruitment Matching Grant is designed to support faculty recruitment efforts through building or expanding connections between Virginia Tech and outstanding scholars from other institutions who are historically underrepresented in their disciplines. Financial support is available for creative and innovative recruitment activities to attract early- to mid-career professionals to Virginia Tech outside the usual search process.

Dual career brings a new level of support to couples and their families when considering employment opportunities within the Virginia Tech and the surrounding community. Virginia Tech recognizes that meeting the needs of today’s professional couples is a key factor in recruiting and retaining new faculty members.

General resources for graduate students can be found here.

The Graduate Life Center provides services and resources for graduate students, including reservable and open-access spaces for meetings, studying, relaxing, and community.

Our Expectations for Graduate Study describe the expectations for graduate students, faculty, departments, and the Graduate School to foster and maintain a dynamic and productive academic environment. 

The WELLthy canvas community provides support for all aspects of graduate students’ well-being. To join, complete this brief survey here. More information: Shernita@vt.edu

I Belong Here: Women’s Sense of Belonging in Academia and Society | Friday, October 2, 12pm-1pm, Zoom
Connect with Dr. Letticia Ramlal-Lamble, Director of Assessment and Data Analytics for the College of Engineering to talk about women in academia and society. Register by October 1 to receive Zoom link. For accommodations, contact ordi@vt.edu at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

Our work-life grant program provides financial assistance for graduate assistants expecting or adopting children. 

The Little Hokie Hangout Cooperative Play Group is a flexible, subsidized child care program primarily for graduate student families, but children of faculty and staff are also welcome.

support group for graduate students who are also parents meets monthly to share information and resources. Contact Marin Riegger, mriegger@vt.edu if you would like to be added to the mailing list.

Little Hokie Hand Me Down, November 11th and 12th
Little Hokie hand Me Down is a program for graduate students and staff members with kids. We will be accepting donations at the VT Women’s Center, 206 Washington Street, from 10/12  until 11/6. Further details on donating will be posted soon. The event, sponsored by the Graduate SchoolGraduate Student Assembly, and Women’s Center at Virginia Tech, offers university students and staff members with children the opportunity to “shop” for a wide range of infant and children’s clothes, accessories, and other items they may need, free of charge. Members of the university and Blacksburg communities make the event possible, donating gently used or new items for families. 

Founded in 1994, the Women’s Center’s mission is to promote a Virginia Tech community that is safe, equitable, and supportive for women and that celebrates the experiences, achievements and diversity.  As a unit of the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, we serve Virginia Tech students, faculty and staff.  The center serves as a resource for the university and surrounding community on gender-related and women’s issues; sponsors educational programs and events that raise awareness of women’s issues; and serves as an on-campus focal point for services for survivors, their friends and families.  

In partnership with Hokie Wellness, we have created stress relief tips and strategies for you to incorporate depending on your time availablity. Try out these 2 Minute5 Minute10 Minute, and 30 Minute stress relief activities. 

If you are looking to participate in civic engagement and cast your ballot for the upcoming elections, you can find more voter registration  and polling location information here.

Women’s and Gender Studies