LGBT Caucus at Virginia Tech

The LGBT Faculty and Staff Caucus at Virginia Tech is committed to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families. The caucus seeks to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals both at the University and in the New River Valley through educational programming, social activities, public service, and outreach.

Together with our allies, we strive to share information and initiate progressive community change as we visibly work for social justice and human rights.

CAUCUS UPDATES




Thanks to everyone that participated in the vote to change the Caucus' name! We plan to announce the selected option on social media in early August; the change requires formal vote at Caucus business lunches--be sure to attend in August and September!

June 1, 2020

Statement of Solidarity with Recent Protests

Caucus Statement 06-01-2020.pdf

June 18, 2020

Request for Response from University Administration

(6-18-2020) Request for Response.pdf

The LGBT Faculty and Staff Caucus at Virginia Tech is proud to announce that Robby Specht is the 2020 Jo Ann Underwood Ally of the Year. This annual award is named in honor of Jo Ann Underwood, the first adviser of Lambda Horizons (now HokiePRIDE) and is intended to celebrate someone who has demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of equity for, and the needs of, the LGBTQ+ Community at Virginia Tech. Specht (they/them) was nominated because of their dedication to uplifting the LGBTQ+ community on campus, as well as their service to providing quality safe spaces and community to LGBTQ+ students.

In summer 2019, Specht joined Virginia Tech Housing & Residence Life as a Residential Learning Coordinator. "Robby cares so much for advocating and uplifting the LGBTQ+ communities,” said Sebastian Sturgeon, Specht’s nominator. “Robby came here in August and they have had an incredible impact on my life and on our residential campus. I do not know another individual more committed to uplifting LGBTQ+ communities than Robby Specht.” Sebastian also described how Specht worked throughout the year to create an inclusive and supportive environment. By offering trainings focused on LGBTQ+ issues to students and employees, making pronoun buttons available to anyone who wanted them, and providing individual support to community members, Specht demonstrated their commitment to the LGBTQ+ community throughout the academic year.

Please join us in congratulating Robby for being this year’s Underwood Ally of the Year!