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 Taylor…

  • I am a student at Virginia Western and a member of the VWCC Diversity Club. I am currently a Social Sciences: Education major and am planning to transfer to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.
  • My grandparents immigrated here from England and Costa Rica. Since then, Roanoke has been where my family calls home.  Although I was not born in Virginia, I consider Roanoke my home because I was raised here.  I am attending Virginia Western to continue my education while still remaining close to my home. 
  • I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, as well as taking my Australian Shepherd, Bennie, for walks. I also love creating art in my free time.
  • My proudest moment was walking across the stage at my high school graduation after putting in so much time and dedication throughout the years.
  • My favorite part about Virginia Western is that they create a lot of fun opportunities for students to explore and meet one another and learn about the different academic options they have.
  • I believe diversity means being inclusive to all people, regardless of any circumstances. Everybody should be included and receive equal opportunities no matter who they are. Everybody should feel welcome and valued.

Diversity Photo Gallery

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