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.

Jennifer Obeng

I’m Jennifer…

  • I am an alumnus of Virginia Western. I graduated in 2019 with a degree in Nursing and am currently a Registered Nurse.      
  • I am originally from Ghana, West Africa. I have been in the USA for a little over 18 years.  My family, including my husband, mother, and three children moved then.  Now, I have four children since my last daughter was born here.  We relocated from Randallstown, Maryland to Roanoke, Virginia when my husband got a new job opportunity.  Since I was an LPN and always wanted to further my education in nursing, I chose to attend VWCC to accomplish my degree.
  • I love spending time and staying at home with my family, going on vacations whenever there is a chance, and visiting families in Maryland. I also enjoy listening to gospel music.
  • My proudest moment was walking on that stage on graduation day with an Associate Degree in Nursing and my children watching and cheering for me with them knowing that, if I can do it, then they can achieve greater things.
  • I like the nursing program and all the professors. I like the in-class and clinical schedules and how they try to work with you knowing that some students, like me for instance, had to work and attend classes to provide for their family. I always felt comfortable going to any of the professors with issues or concerns I was having, knowing that they would always provide me with good learning resources and studying techniques which helped me succeed in the nursing program.
  • Diversity to me means bringing in new ideas and experiences, which give people opportunities to learn from each other’s cultures and beliefs.  It also helps bring in different ideas and perspectives, which leads to better problem-solving.

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