By Clara B. Cox
Spectrum Volume 21 Issue 11 - November 5, 1998
Virginia Tech's new Office of Multicultural Affairs has initiated steps to establish an Advisory Council on Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.
"The university's on-going commitment to increasing campus diversity requires the broad involvement of all major units within the university community. This council will play a key role in assuring that Virginia Tech's commitment to diversity today will bear rich fruit in the future," said Benjamin Dixon, vice president for multicultural affairs.
Dixon has asked senior administrators to nominate faculty and staff members from targeted units throughout the university community, including nominees from each of the eight colleges. Nominations are due in his office by November 9.
According to Dixon, the council "will seek ways to initiate and sustain a dialogue around the value of diversity and multi-culturalism to the university community. It will also be a forum for sharing information on diversity and multi-cultural activities. And it will advise me on matters related to the initiation, support, and improvement of programs, policies, and practices that make Virginia Tech a more comfortable place for all people to learn, teach, and work."
The council will consist of 20 individuals from throughout the university. Dixon is meeting with students to determine how a student advisory committee should be organized and how their voices can be included in the dialogue.