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June 15, 2022 — The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center and the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center

This special event, sponsored by Outreach and International Affairs, highlights Virginia Tech’s ongoing commitment to engagement with community partners across the commonwealth and around the world.

Join us for lunch at 11:30 a.m. in the Regency Room of The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, where you’ll hear from our community partners in tourism, innovation, economic development, and local government about ways the university and the Roanoke region can build a stronger community together.

After lunch, we’ll walk across the street to the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center for a panel discussion on Virginia Tech programs that focus on the community’s mental health, including:

We’ll cap the afternoon with an open house, including the Counselor Education suite and the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab, and conclude the program by 3:30 p.m.


11:30 a.m.

Lunch at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Regency Room (110 Shenandoah Ave NW, Roanoke)

1:20 p.m.

Walk across the street to the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center (Roanoke Higher Education Center, Suite 701, 108 N. Jefferson Street, Roanoke)                                        

1:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion — Virginia Tech Programs and Partnerships for Healthy Communities (Virginia Tech Roanoke Center, Room 709)

  • Welcome and Introductions — Scott Weimer, Executive Director, Roanoke Regional Initiatives
  • Overview of Counselor Education Program and Practicum Partnerships — Gerard Lawson, Professor, Virginia Tech
  • Refugee Partnership — Bethany Lackey, Roanoke Refugee Partnership and Virginia Tech Doctoral Program Alumna
  • Trauma Informed Care — Brandy Smith, Trauma Informed Care Expert, Virginia Tech Master’s Alumna and Current Doctoral Student
  • Reducing the Stigma of Therapy — Trent Davis (Virginia Tech Doctoral Program Alumnus) and Rami Steinruck (with Derrick and Josey the Virginia Tech Therapy Dogs), Counselors at Cook Counseling Center, Virginia Tech
3 p.m.

Open House, including the Counselor Education Suite and the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab at the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center

3:30 p.m.

Program concludes


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