Diversity & Inclusion

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ShaWanda in the Culinary/Baking Program

Diversity is a core value at Virginia Western Community College. We are committed to promoting a culture and practice of inclusion and empowerment.

Virginia Western defines diversity as the celebration of the unique contributions of all individuals, stemming from, but not limited to, the traditional categories of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.

We are Western–a college community united in our individuality.

Did you know?

  • Our diverse student body is comprised of students from 8 major ethnic groups.
  • The mission of Virginia’s Community Colleges is to “give EVERYONE the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened.”
  • There are 5 minority-majority institutions in the Virginia Community College System.
  • The Office of Disability Services assists in facilitating accommodations for all eligible students.
  • Virginia Western has numerous student clubs and organizations. If you can’t find one that matches your interests, you can start a new one! Click on “Student Clubs & Organizations” below for more information.


I’m Ha…

  • I am an alumnus of Virginia Western. I graduated in December 2019 with my Associate of Health Sciences degree and in May 2020 with my Associate of Applied Science (RN). I am currently a Registered Nurse at LewisGale Medical Center located in Salem, VA.
  • I was born and raised in Roanoke, VA. I am Vietnamese and the first generation in my family to graduate with a college degree in the United States. I am also the first generation to pursue a healthcare career.
  • I knew my passion was for nursing. Before I found Virginia Western, I was in another nursing program and failed out. I told myself no matter how long it took, I will become a nurse. I then found Virginia Western and was accepted into the RN program for Fall 2018. My ultimate goal is to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.   
  • I enjoy reading books, cooking, baking, playing ps4 games, and doing make-up as my hobbies in my free time.     
  • My proudest moment was when I passed my NCLEX and was able to call myself a Registered Nurse. The feelings of accomplishment and success after many trials and challenges to finally get to where I wanted to be was worth it.
  • I appreciated the nursing faculty working with students with their schedule and being understanding about our situations.
  • Diversity makes each individual unique in their own way by their backgrounds, culture, personality, life experiences, values, and beliefs, that makes us as a person. Diversity helps bring new perspectives and new ideas. It is important to have diversity in life, as it can help promote a new learning experience and change.

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