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Summer Institute 2019

Hosted by Virginia Tech and Radford University, and sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence Program, this year’s program centered around the theme of “inclusive excellence” and focused on how to implement inclusive strategies both in and out of the classroom. For the event, Virginia Tech also partnered with several other universities involved with the HHMI grant, including Radford University, Towson University, and Trinity Washington University.

In a post-event survey, one faculty member noted, “This year's theme was timely and needed. Especially during the keynote presentations, you could feel a sense of uneasiness in the audience, which is good. We need to feel uneasy! We need to use our discomfort to grow around these issues. Last year's institute was good, but this year was next-level.”

Over 150 university faculty and staff came together at Virginia Tech for the 2019 Summer Institute: Professional Development for Undergraduate Education. The annual institute is a two-day professional development event for teachers, advisors, and other administrators working with Virginia Tech’s First-Year Experience courses, Pathways to General Education, or the HHMI Inclusive Excellence Grant.