Virginia Tech is well known for not only its academic programs but its spirit of community that attracts and energizes students and faculty, and promotes alumni pride and engagement long after graduation. The Pamplin community is rich, including 140 teaching faculty, 50 academic support, staff, and administrative personnel, 4,400 students, and over 40,000 alumni. The Pamplin community to which we strive is an inclusive community – welcoming individuals with a range of backgrounds, characteristics, and interests. In 1998, the college adopted a statement, “Diversity as a Core Value,” which shows our commitment to encouraging participation in Pamplin by individuals from underrepresented groups and cultivate an appreciation of diversity (race, color, religions, sex, national origin, disability, age, and ancestry) among faculty, students, and staff.
The Business Diversity Center was formed in 2007 to establish the Pamplin College of Business as a leader for organizational diversity initiatives among colleges of business throughout the world. The center’s mission is to contribute to greater understanding of the impact of diversity and multiculturalism on individual effectiveness and corporate competitiveness. We focus our efforts in three core areas: education, research, and outreach. These core areas are infused into each event and program that is coordinated through the Center, including the annual student-led Diversity Conference and Case Competition, Multicultural Diversity in Organizations course, Diversity Matters awareness campaign, faculty and student spotlights, and a study abroad scholarship program.
The college’s standing Multicultural Diversity Committee seeks to raise awareness of diversity issues within the college, and to create a climate conductive to study and learning for all persons. Committee members, who include students, faculty, and administrators, developed the college’s diversity strategic plan, which was adopted in 2014. They also seek to increase the number of underrepresented group members among the college’s faculty, staff, and student population. To promote diversity and inclusion, the committee hosts the annual Pamplin Diversity Jubilee in collaboration with the Business Diversity Center, and partners with the Pamplin Multicultural Diversity Council student organization and the Business Diversity Center to host the annual Pamplin Diversity Conference and Case Competition. In addition, the Committee serves as an internal advisory council to the Business Diversity Center.
PUMP was formed in 2010 to assist incoming freshmen and transfer students with their college transition by providing positive academic, professional, and social environments outside of the classroom. This program provides opportunities to learn about personal and professional leadership as well as other aspects of the business career. PUMP involves academic assistance sessions and also provides a series of professional workshops, in partnership with corporate Diversity Sponsors.
The New Horizons Scholarship was established in 2013 to enrich the multicultural experiences within the Pamplin College of Business. The goal is to invite more students with a diverse background, so that Pamplin students can continue to develop a better understanding and learn of the importance of diversity in higher education and in the workplace. Through a partnership with corporate Diversity Sponsors, Pamplin was able to award several significant scholarships to incoming freshmen. The program is designed to connect recipients, our diverse student population, and prospective students with our Diversity Sponsors at various programs and activities held throughout the year.
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
The Pamplin College of Business regards diversity as a source of strength and pride. Building upon this commitment, the college is proud to offer these diversity centered opportunities:
• All students regardless of their background, age, race, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status, deserve and are promised equal opportunity to an education in the Pamplin College of Business.
• We support an environment for students, faculty, and staff that is free from hostility and intolerance.
• In the pursuit of a supportive and diverse community that respects each individual, education requires that ideas and opinions be openly discussed. The Pamplin College of Business is committed to the goal of developing its students, faculty, and staff in a manner that inspires them to successful participation and effective leadership in a pluralistic society.
ALPFA – Virginia Tech
Student chapter of Association of Latino Professionals for America, an organization focused on empowering and developing Latino men and women as leaders in the global economy.
National Association of Black Accountants
Professional organization that unites students with similar academic and future professional interests in accounting.
National Society of Minorities in Hospitality
Professional organization that addresses diversity, multiculturalism, and career development for minority students in the hospitality industry.
Pamplin Multicultural Diversity Council
Established in 2006, PMDC provides opportunities, strives for awareness, and fosters an environment of inclusion to the students of the Pamplin College of Business.
Collegiate Women in Business
CWIB creates an inclusive environment that strives to enhance professional skills, cultivate corporate connections, and educate the public on issues pertinent to women in the corporate world.