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 Robin Queen and Kimberly Carlson, 2017-18 Co-Chairs, Gayatri Ankem, 2018-19 Chair, or Anna LoMascolo, Women's Center Liaison.


Research and Instructional Faculty Subcommittee
Thursday, September 13th @ Noon
3600 North End Center

Please let the co-chairs know if you would like to setup a Zoom session if you are not able to attend in person. The goal of this meeting is to identify goals for our subcommittee for the academic year.  Initially, Jianhe and I discussed (1) continuing our efforts for the regular versus restricted faculty line designation and what that means for leave period (specifically maternity leave) and (2) possible resources, group meetings, etc. for addressing the gender bias in the classroom (ex. student perceptions, attitudes, etc).  So far these are just ideas!  We want to hear from all of you so we can fine tune our goals and make an impact for our subcommittee members and Alliance as a whole. Please RSVP to me (


Gayatri Ankem, VTTI

Vice-Chair/Chair Elect:
Tamara Cherry-Clarke, Office of Student Conduct
PGP:  she/her/hers

Mary Case, Service Learning Coordinator
PGP:  she/her/hers

Publicity and Communications Coordinator:
Eleanor Nelsen, ICTA

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Carolyn Shivers, Assistant Professor, HDFS; Director, Pathways Minor in Disability Studies
PGP:  she/her/hers

Social Activity Coordinator:
Sarah M. Umbarger-Wells, Assistant Director, Talent Search
PGP:  she/her/hers

Research Faculty/Instructors Subcommittee Co-Chairs:
Sara Arena, Collegiate Assistant Professor, BEAM
PGP:  she/her/hers

Jianhe Du
Senior Research Associate, VTTI
PGP:  she/her/hers

Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty Subcommittee Chair:
Robin H. Lemaire, Assistant Professor
PGP:  she/her/hers

AP Faculty & Staff Subcommittee Co-Chairs:
Lujean Baab, Senior Director, Learning Experience Design, TLOS
PGP:  she/her/hers

Marin Riegger
Child Care and Family Initiatives Coordinator

Graduate Student Subcommittee Co-Chairs:
Cherice Hughes-Oliver, Graduate Research Assistant, Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab
PGP:  she/her/hers

Sophia Ulman, Industrial Systems Engineering
PGP:  she/her/hers

CEOD Representative:
Christa Miller, TLOS

Gender@VT Liaison
Robin Queen

Women’s Center Liaison:
Anna LoMascolo, Co-Director, Women’s Center
PGP:  she/her/hers

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