Deans' Forum on Global Engagement

Ph.D. student Payam Pirzadeh (l) and faculty member Dr. Rita Zhang (r), both of RMIT University, Australia, and collaborators on the five-year, million dollar NIOSH funded research project of Dr. Brian Kleiner (c), attending the Deans’ Forum.

The VT and local community joined us to celebrate Global Engagement on March 25-27, 2014, helping raise the visibility of the great work across the university related to Global Engagement. Relationships were strengthened and new connections discovered, here at VT, in the US around the world.

"As citizens in a global community, our students [Faculty, Staff and Community]  can only benefit from access to and immersion in rich, cultural experiences; therefore, we will seek to ensure opportunities for international engagement..." A Plan for the New Horizon: Envisioning Virginia Tech 2012-2018

Highlights Included:

Performances by internationally recognized hip-hop artist and former Sudanese child soldier, Emmanuel Jal. Read the WVTF Story 'From Child Soldier to Peace Activist.'

Hon. Harriet Mayor Fulbright, President of the J. William and Harriet Fulbright Center and Hon. Dr. Mitchell Reiss, President of Washington College were in attendance as our featured speakers.

Congratulations to our Deans' Forum Poster Winners

  • First prize ($250): Sarah Daman, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, College of Natural Resources: "Forest Conservation in the Peruvian Amazon"
  • Second prize ($150): Nicole J. Johnson, School of Education/Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, "Becoming a 21st Century Faculty Member and the Global Perspectives Program at Virginia Tech: A Case Study"
  • Third prize ($100): Morgan Witten, International Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, "Friends Of Israel: Connecting Virginia Tech Students to Israel"

George Norton, Professor of agricultural and applied economics, publishes book, 'Hunger and Hope'