What is DiversityEdu?

What is DiversityEdu?

Virginia Tech, along with our peer institutions, requires DiversityEdu for all incoming students. This program is a research-based online course which teaches skills for engaging successfully with diversity and mitigating the influence of unconscious biases and stereotypical thinking on personal choices and professional decisions. DiversityEdu helps you learn how to get the most out of your campus experience at Virginia Tech and in any diverse community where you live, learn, and build a career.

DiversityEdu is part of InclusiveVT, the “institutional and individual commitment to Ut Prosim (that I may serve) in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence.” It has been endorsed as a requirement by Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors and President Sands. The overwhelming majority of students--between 85 and 95 percent--report that taking DiversityEdu taught them useful skills for managing assumptions, recognizing stereotypes and myths, and proactively assessing the impact of their communications, choices, and decisions.

Question: What does DiversityEdu cover?
Answer: DiversityEdu is composed of open-ended questions, knowledge tests, and diversity-related skills to help you become part of our community of Hokies. Topics include:

  • Overview of InclusiveVT
  • Defining diversity inclusively
  • Engaging comfortably with difference
  • Managing assumptions
  • Searching for similarities
  • Understanding the effects of stereotypical thinking
  • Focusing on the impact of language and behavior choices
  • Addressing microaggressions

DiversityEdu doesn’t tell you what to do or believe. Instead, DiversityEdu introduces and reinforces research-based skills that all members of the community can put into practice as part of their everyday actions, communications, and choices.

Question: Who should take DiversityEdu?
Answer: Every incoming first year and transfer student, as well as all graduate and professional students, is required to complete DiversityEdu. Success of the program is based upon building an inclusive community in support of Virginia Tech’s Principles of Community. Participation in DiversityEdu will encourage thoughtful conversations and help you engage with our inclusive campus culture.

What do I have to do?

Question: What do I have to do to complete DiversityEdu?
Answer: You will receive an email with instructions and deadlines for completing DiversityEdu. The online program takes approximately 40 minutes to complete and can be taken in segments. You have access to the program 24 hours a day, allowing you to complete the program at your own pace before the beginning of classes.

Question: What happens if I don’t do it?
Answer: A hold will be placed on your student account if you do not complete the program. This hinders your ability to register for Spring courses until DiversityEdu is completed.

Question: What kind of tasks do I have to do to get credit for taking the program?
Answer: DiversityEdu requires you to complete short multiple-choice self-assessments and other interactive exercises. These exercises are designed to enhance your engagement with the material and your enjoyment of the program. You are also presented with questions calling for typed-in responses. Self-assessments and exercises must be completed in order to advance through the program. Failure to finish the final survey may cause your completion not to be recorded in Canvas. You are encouraged to print your responses for future discussions that may occur in residence halls and classes.

  • Survey: All DiversityEdu program-takers must complete pre- and post-program surveys. Survey responses are anonymous and are used to make program improvements.
  • Program credit: When the survey is submitted your completion of the program is electronically recorded.
  • Certificate of completion and printable materials: You have the option of printing out a certificate of completion and other materials.

Question: Who will see my answers? How is the data kept? Will my parents be told what I report?
Answer: All survey responses are strictly confidential; Virginia Tech only receives information about the student body as a whole and NEVER sees anyone’s individual answers.

The DiversityEdu administrator at Virginia Tech receives notifications of your completion in Canvas, Virginia Tech’s course management system. This is the only information ever matched with your identity. According to FERPA regulations, your parents will not have access to any information unless you choose to share it with them or sign an information release that allows us to share it with them.

During the surveys, you are asked if you want more information about inclusion and diversity resources at Virginia Tech. If you click "yes," you will receive emails about InclusiveVT events and programs.

Question: Do I need a textbook or materials for this program?
Answer: Everything that you need is provided online through the program. No textbooks or additional materials are needed.

Question: Will I receive college program credit for taking DiversityEdu?
Answer: You do not receive college program credit for DiversityEdu.

Question: How will students find out about DiversityEdu?
Answer: You will receive information about DiversityEdu in your orientation materials and during orientation events in July. You will be informed of program participation requirements and login information through your VT e-mail account on August 3. Continuous reminders are sent out until the due date.

How do I access DiversityEdu?

Question: How will I access DiversityEdu?
Answer: DiversityEdu is available through Virginia Tech’s Canvas course management system. When you click on the link on the Online Prevention Portal, you are taken to Canvas. There, you login with your Virginia Tech PID and password. Once in Canvas, click on the courses tab on the left side of the page and look for your DiversityEdu program. When you enter the site, you will see further instructions on taking DiversityEdu. You may log in and out of the site after completing each section. You will be asked if you would like to resume where you left off when you log in again. If you have trouble accessing Canvas, visit the Virginia Tech Canvas Help and Support page.

Question: I don't have computer access at home. Do I still need to complete DiversityEdu?
Answer: Yes. If you do not have access to a computer, you can use any publicly available computer with Internet access and audio capabilities. Public computers are often available in your local public library, copy center, or community center. Virginia Tech provides computer labs and Wi-Fi Internet access across campus for anyone with a VT PID.

Question: What email should I use?
Answer: Be sure to use your Virginia Tech PID (email address) each time you access DiversityEdu, rather than using a Yahoo/ Hotmail/ Gmail or other accounts. You are not able to log in to Canvas without a Virginia Tech PID.

Question: I believe I need accommodations to fulfill the requirements of this program. Who do I need to contact?
Answer: DiversityEdu programs will comply to the highest accessibility standards for educational software, known as W3C. DiversityEdu has always complied fully with section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The DiversityEdu program contains closed captioning. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact DiversityEdu@vt.edu.

What if I have a technical problem with the program?

Question: What if I have a technical problem with the program?
Answer: For questions about program Problems or Technical Difficulties, please contact support@diversityedu.com.

Question: How do I contact someone if I have questions?

Question: How do I contact someone if I have questions?
Answer: You may contact the DiversityEdu administrator at DiversityEdu@vt.edu if you have additional questions.

Question: What additional resources are available to learn more about diversity and inclusion?
Answer: Virginia Tech has a wide variety of programs that promote and advance diversity. Please visit the InclusiveVT website for a list of resources both on and off campus.

Note: These online programs are meant for students to complete on their own and not with a parent or guardian. We encourage conversation with your student regarding the program content.