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Conversations focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging framed through a college student's lens - A Virginia Tech Podcast

Foundations aims to address these issues through discussions on self-awareness, cultural knowledge, openness, perspective-taking, communication, and collaboration.


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    Episode 3

    Special guests, Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs and Victoria Ferguson, join Anthony Scott to break down Virginia Tech's "Land Grant" mission by unpacking the enslaved and indigenous ancestral history of the land on which Virginia Tech is built. Dr. Moseley-Hobbs, a 5th generation descendent of John Fraction, unpacks the work that Virginia Tech must do in order to fully rectify its history. She unveils ideas of reconciliation, and addresses ideas to educate all students, moving beyond just land and labor recognitions, and requiring marginalized peoples' history to be taught in general education courses. Victoria Ferguson, an enrolled member of the Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia, highlights her work here on campus at Solitude House. Her work utilizes experiential learning to uncover and illuminate indigenous culture and history that was subverted with Virginia Tech's foundation. This conversation is led by Anthony Scott, Chief Inclusion and Belonging Officer in Virginia Tech Student Affairs. The content in this podcast contains references of rape, brutality, racism, and suicide and may be disturbing for some listeners. Discretion is advised.

    Date: 05/19/2022
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    Episode 2

    University leaders Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke, Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity, and Dr. Frank Shushok, Vice President for Student Affairs, engage with Chief Inclusion and Belonging Officer, Anthony Scott, in a touching and transparent conversation about race, belonging, accountability in relationships, and our individual duties to foster a more inclusive experience for the Virginia Tech community and beyond.

    Date: 02/21/2022
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    Episode 1

    Enjoy a candid conversation with Anthony Scott - Virginia Tech's Chief Inclusion and Belonging Officer - and several Virginia Tech Students - Thomas Miller, Imani Gainey, and Emma Rosman. Listen as they engage in a raw and vulnerable dialogue on the needs of minority students on a college campus, the intersections of their identities, and how they hope to enact positive changes in their time at Virginia Tech. Foundations is a podcast which is focused on developing listening skills and engaging in difficult conversations around topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

    Date: 01/27/2022