Past Events

The recordings below are from Virginia Tech and from other community organizations throughout 2020-2021. We seek to provide information about relevant issues facing the LGBTQIA+ and trans communities as well as other marginalized identities. Opinions expressed in the videos below are those of the individual alone and do not imply endorsement by the LGBTQ+ Caucus.

"Pathological Perceptions: Where Society Went Wrong with the Queer Community" with Dr. Jess Wescott

Jess is a resident in psychology intern at Cook Counseling Center. They earned their B.S. in Neuroscience at Baylor University and their M.A. in School Counseling at Marquette University. They have recently completed their Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State University. Jess enjoys counseling all college students, regardless of presenting concern. This session recorded on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, discusses their research on how queerness was miscategorized in mental health pathology for decades.

Our colleagues in the Pride Caucus at the University of Delaware discussed the experience of our community as professionals in higher education in this session on Thursday, October 15th, 2020.


--Trevor A. Dawes (he/him/his), Vice Provost, Libraries and Museums

--Rachel Garcia (she/her/hers), Assistant Director, Student Diversity & Inclusion

--Dee Muir (they/them/theirs), Assistant Professor of Marketing, Lerner College and Treasurer, Pride Caucus

--Em Rowe (they/them/theirs), Academic Advisor, College of Arts & Sciences and Member-At-Large, Pride Caucus

--Elizabeth Salisbury (she/her/hers), Director of Graduate Services Operations and Chief Diversity Ambassador, Graduate College

"Queer Indigenous and Two-Spirit Peoples: We Come of the Cupboard, Not the Closet" with Dr. Chris Finley

In this session recorded on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, Dr. Chris Finley (Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California) presented critiques on how dominant U.S. popular culture sexualizes Native bodies as culturally and, therefore, racially unable to conform to white heteroreproductive norms.

Justice Forward Virginia hosted a second part of an ongoing series about police reform in Virginia through educational Facebook live sessions called "Pretextual Policing & Reforms That Don't Work" on Wednesday, July 15th. The organization invited experienced Virginia criminal defense attorneys to drill down on pretextual policing, the justification to briefly detain a person based on reasonable suspicion of involvement in criminal activity with incredibly low thresholds, and discussed some of the popular police reforms that do NOT work (e.g. implicit bias training) or don't work for the purpose of reducing racial disparities or excessive force (e.g. body cam).

Justice Forward Virginia hosted a Facebook live session on their page on July 7, 2020 in the first part of an ongoing series regarding Police Reform in Virginia. The organization has invited Senator Scott Surovell and Delegate Don Scott to help the community get informed about specific criminal justice reform proposals that are on the table and their prospects during a possible special session this summer.

Making the Chair Fit

Video Also Available Through Facebook

Inclusive VT hosted a conversation on Friday, June 12th, 2020 with several of the Virginia Tech Cultural and Community Centers Directors and Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke, Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Diversity, over the university's YouTube channel. The conversation featured Veronica Montes of El Centro of Virginia Tech; Dr. Ashleigh "Bing" Bingham of the LGBTQ Resource Center at Virginia Tech; Melissa Faircloth of the American Indian and Indigenous Community Center; and Dr. Nina Ha of the Asian Cultural Engagement Center at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech's Unfinished Conversation on Race

This conversation occurred on Friday, June 5, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. over Zoom. This conversation from Inclusive VT featured Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke, Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Diversity, and Dr. Michele Deramo, Assistant Provost for Diversity Education at Virginia Tech to discuss the historical context of race nationally and at the university, as well as the university's commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion and next steps in moving forward following the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade. Hosted by Virginia Tech. Approximate Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes, Closed captioning available.

Black Communities & The Police

This conversation occurred on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. over Zoom. Featuring Gloria D. Smith Professor of Africana Studies Dr. Brandy Faulkner with the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Hosted by Virginia Tech Digging in the Crates: Hip Hop Studies (#VTDITC). Approximate Length: 1 hour, 35 minutes, Closed captioning available.