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Inclusion and Diversity Committee

Committed to creating a more just and inclusive world, Outreach and International Affairs recognizes the tremendous value of an intellectually, economically, socially diverse, and global educational community.

The focus of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee is to examine and evaluate the policies and practices of OIA in order to become a more inclusive, diverse, and welcoming community of scholars, educators, and practitioners. Further, it aims to foster a culture of equality in OIA by encouraging program development and continuous learning in the field of inclusion and diversity, in all its manifestation, within the U.S. and around the world. Finally, the committee aligns with the university’s broader efforts to assist marginalized and minoritized populations — students, faculty, and staff — to persist and thrive at Virginia Tech.

The committee is chaired by Maria Elisa Christie, director of Women and Gender in International Development and InclusiveVT representative for OIA.

Other committee members include:

  • Rommelyn Conde Coffren, assistant director for communications and marketing, Global Education Office
  • Esther Cruz-Herrera, program fiscal coordinator and payroll specialist, Continuing and Professional Education
  • Alicia Cowan-Brown, Upward Bound Roanoke City project advisor, TRIO Programs
  • Guru Ghosh, vice president for Outreach and International Affairs
  • Khaled Hassouna, associate director of Middle East, North Africa Initiatives, Center for International Research, Education, and Development
  • Don Hempson, associate vice president for international affairs
  • Rich Mathieson, Outreach and International Affairs communications director
  • Elsie Paredes, associate director and director of AdvantageVT, Language and Culture Institute
  • Susan Short, associate vice president for engagement
  • Ashley Sloan, lead instructor of the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab, Virginia Tech Roanoke Center
  • Jane Swan, assistant vice president for resource management and planning