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Students wearing hard hats examine a structure while on a study abroad trip.

Our Equity and Inclusion Commitment

The College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech identifies with insightful planning, place-making, community, creative design, and visual and construction arts.

In all of these and related efforts, it is our collective responsibility to encourage, build, and embrace the polyculturalism of our world. We do this by acknowledging and addressing our past, recognizing our current responsibility, and acting in the interests of building and sustaining communities that are truly safe, supportive, and inclusive for all.

Our commitment is to continually and proactively engage in these processes for the benefit of our students, staff, and faculty across the college, and for the communities around the world we aim to serve.

Mia Jimenez, a graphic design student, paints on a mural during a HokiePride community mural event Friday at the Armory.

A student walks in the background. In the foreground, the words "Our differences INSPIRE US" are in focus on a painted banner.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee for Students, Staff, and Faculty

As part of the ongoing efforts to formalize the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the College, an Advisory Committee has been created with representation from faculty, staff, and students across CAUS.

CAUS Director of Diversity:


  • Briana Traut, A+D
  • Johnson Olayiwola, MLSoC
  • Ninoska Bertran-Turcios, SOVA
  • Zuleka Woods, SPIA


  • Kathryn Albright
  • Rob Jacks
  • Vern Ferguson
  • Cathryn Copper
  • Paul Emmons
  • Susan Roseborough
  • Faith Patton
  • Tracey Drowne
  • Natalia Smith
  • Paola Zellner Bassett
  • Elif Tural
  • Nate Heavers
  • Josh Iorio
  • Abiola Akanmu
  • Meredith Drum
  • Nate King
  • Theo Lim
  • David Bieri