Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Director,Africana Studies Program
Robert "Bobby" Grisso
Biological Systems Engineering
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education is dedicated to advancing the institutional priorities related to community viability by engaging in critical and evaluative social science processes and teaching that address local and global challenges.
The Virginia Tech Equity and Social Disparity for the Human Condition team focuses on equity in the human condition, maximizing, wherever possible, the equitable distribution and availability of physical safety and well-being, psychological well-being, and access to crucial material, social, and moral resources.
The Center for Public Health Practice and Research (CPHPR) at Virginia Tech partners with an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff and students at Virginia Tech and community organizations to enhance public health practice and research in the region.
The Virginia Tech Civic Agriculture and Food Systems Pathways minor embodies a commitment to developing and strengthening an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable agriculture and food systems.
The Leadership and Social Change Residential College (LSCRC) at Virginia Tech aims to offer students a theoretical foundation combined with the practical knowledge and skills necessary to lead in a complex global environment.
Homefield Farm is a partnership between Dining Services and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the only certified organic operation owned by a university in Virginia. The six-acre, student-run farm is located eight miles west of the Blacksburg campus and provides about 50,000 pounds of fresh produce to dining centers and Homefield’s farm stand on campus.
Virginia Tech’s Catawba Sustainability Center is a 377 acre farm property situated in the beautiful Catawba Valley of Virginia and serves as a living laboratory to advance environmental stewardship and community engagement to provide a learning environment for the research, teaching, and demonstration of sustainable practices in agriculture, forestry, and land management.
Virginia Cooperative Extension - Community, Local, and Regional Food Systems team was formed by Virginia Cooperative Extension agents and specialists seeking to facilitate innovative and interdisciplinary approaches and collaborations that span the agricultural and food systems landscape in Virginia and beyond.
The Small Farm Outreach Program (SFOP), a part of Cooperative Extension at Virginia State University, educates and empowers small, limited-resource, socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers.
The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition (VBFRC) is a state-wide coalition of agricultural organizations and farm businesses. Their long-term goal is to improve opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers.
City Schoolyard Garden cultivates health, academic exploration, environmental stewardship, equity and community through garden-based, experiential learning and leadership development for Charlottesville youth.
Cultivate Charlottesville engages with youth and community to build a healthy and just food system. We believe that working together to grow gardens, share food and power, and advocate for just systems – cultivates a healthy community for all. Food is a human right and we aim to create food equity – personally, in community, and across systems and structures. Together we are growing, sharing, and advocating for food equity.
The Hale Community Garden is a five-acre site in Blacksburg, VA that includes 70 community garden plots, a solar greenhouse, beehives, food forest project, small apple orchard, asparagus patch, herb garden, and flowers.
HARVEST (Helping Agriculture Remain Vital through Engineering Science and Technology) is a Research Coordination Network that brings together scientists from various research disciplines to enhance the productivity and viability of small- and mid-level farms.
The mission of the Virginia Food System Council is to advance a nutrient-rich, safe, and environmentally sustainable food system for Virginians at all income levels, with an emphasis on access to local food, successful linkages between food producers and consumers, and a healthy, viable future for Virginia’s farmers and farmland.