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Virginia State University establishes a Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

Published date: January 31, 2018

Virginia State University (VSU) establishes its first university-wide diversity and inclusion initiative. It will serve as a blueprint for creating a more inclusive campus culture. 

VSU President Dr. Makola M. Abdullah has assembled his Advisory Board for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer/Questioning Intersex Ally+ (LGBTQIA+) Inclusion to investigate ways for the institution to be a more affirming learning environment for all students, faculty and staff within the LGBTQIA+ community. A LGBTQIA+ Diversity and Inclusion Working Group has been established to develop a comprehensive living document for VSU. The group is comprised of students, faculty, staff and community leaders.

The University’s diversity and inclusion efforts include the following:

  • Creating a diversity and inclusion map of all safe zone areas and gender inclusive bathrooms;
  • Installing gender inclusive restrooms;
  • Improving the University’s campus pride index rating;
  • LGBTQIA+ 101 and safe zone training for all faculty and staff; and
  • Creating a review process of all university documents to ensure LGBTQIA+ culturally competent language.

“The University understands the importance of generating a diverse and inclusive campus atmosphere for all students, faculty and staff,” said Dr. Letizia Gambrell-Boone, vice president of Student Success and Engagement. “Our mission is to foster a campus where all Trojans are granted the pursuit of a quality education in a safe learning environment.”
For more information, contact Ms. Chevelle Moss-Savage, program administrator for Diversity and Inclusion, at cmoss-savage@vsu.edu or call (804) 524- 3637.

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