Diversity & Inclusion

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Let’s do this good together

In the College of Natural Resources and Environment, we have the privilege — and the imperative — of developing and sustaining future leaders who will be the change in efforts to preserve and maintain a sustainable planet. Tackling the overwhelmingly complex issues at the heart of this mission means that every voice must be heard and every contribution welcomed.

Our culture is one of acceptance, positivity, and pushing each other to succeed. There are ample opportunities to connect around common interests and learn about our differences — from getting to know people on the endless van rides that are part of field experiences, to rich panel discussions on topics from religion to leadership that are open to the entire college community.

We are a group of passionate people who want to make a difference. It’s simple and it’s real, and it begins with a belief in the power of each individual.    

Get connected with your community

Virginia Tech and CNRE offer plenty of opportunities for finding your people and making new connections

More opportunities to help you succeed

Check out some additional resources for finding your niche and accomplishing your goals. More scholarship opportunities for CNRE students are listed on the Scholarships page.

Advising Center: Your CNRE advisor can help you choose and register for courses, consider major options, find hands-on learning opportunities, and ensure you are progressing toward graduation.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP): LSAMP offers a College Transition Program, research funding, career development assistance, and faculty mentors, all with the overall goal of encouraging more students to pursue and persist in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS): This student organization promotes careers in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences by providing scholarship, research, and networking opportunities.

Student Success Center: Virginia Tech’s Student Success Center offers tutoring, peer coaching, and seminars on academic success, and spearheads the Black Male Excellence Network.

Services for Students with Disabilities (SDD): If you need access to facilitative technologies and programming, an advocate to help you navigate or participate in some aspect of campus life, assistance with transition into the workplace, or other types of services, contact SSD.

ExperienceVT: Don’t just come to Virginia Tech, ExperienceVT! We encourage you to explore, practice, and live the Aspirations for Student Learning to make this experience your own and become your best self — both inside and outside of the classroom.

InclusiveVT: As an institution and as individuals, we are committed to the university motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Learn more about events and programs like the Principles of Community Week.

Living-Learning Programs: These unique housing options integrate what you study, where you live, and who you live with, bringing together people with a common interest, experience, or outlook.

Hokie Wellness: We want all Hokies to be healthy and happy, so Hokie Wellness helps students make healthy decisions and live healthy lives by providing workshops, outreach, and individual consultations.    

Beyond Boundaries Scholars: Launched in 2016, this scholarship program is designed to encourage the enrollment of high-achieving students from underserved communities.

Dean’s Diversity Assistantships: These funding opportunities assist underrepresented students who are pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees but did not attend Virginia Tech as undergraduates.

McNair Assistantships: These one-year assistantships provide funding to master’s and doctoral students who participated in the McNair Scholars Program as undergraduates.

Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP): This program assists both undergraduate and graduate students in their transition to Virginia Tech by providing academic, emotional, social, and financial support.

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In addition to our regular campus tours and CNRE info sessions, you might want to consider: