Three weeks ago, we’ve learned a lot of terms regarding inclusion and diversity. After the class, I checked VT’s principles of Community as Virginia Tech is stated as InclusiveVT. Therefore, I decided to learn from the Principles of Community to view what we do to support inclusion and diversity:
“Virginia Tech thrives on being a welcoming, accessible, and inclusive campus for all. We take pride in valuing our freedom to speak and our ability to talk to each other across differences through civil and respectful dialogue. Our commitment to these values are embodied in our Principles of Community. This is an important opportunity to mark our progress and acknowledge that there is much work to do as we continue to embrace an inclusive environment.
We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate for work and learning based on mutual respect and understanding.
We affirm the right of each person to express thoughts and opinions freely. We encourage open expression within a climate of civility, sensitivity, and mutual respect.
We affirm the value of human diversity because it enriches our lives and the University. We acknowledge and respect our differences while affirming our common humanity.
We reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including those based on age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias and discrimination and for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others.
We pledge our collective commitment to these principles in the spirit of the Virginia Tech motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).”
I find that each individual’s inherent dignity and value, expressing freedom, human diversity differences are things each VTer should respect and understand. While bias, prejudice, and discrimination are things VTers should avoid. The university has provided education, training, and interaction opportunities to help us understand and eliminate such issues. That is how Virginia Tech pledge to be an inclusive institution.