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Hokie Collective is a program that provides ongoing opportunities for student education at the organization or individual level on topics related to actively caring for their community. These opportunities will help to increase your knowledge about the diverse experiences and perspectives of our Hokie community and build your capacity to disrupt unjust systems and norms, build inclusive environments and communities, and lead effectively with care. The skills you will gain will help you be better able to identify concerns and provide support or step in when issues that impact your peers and community arise. The goal of this interdepartmental/organization Hokie Collective is to empower students and organizations to create inclusive, welcoming environments that are led with respect and care.

You can find the current scheduled offerings in GobblerConnect. You can also schedule a training for your group by emailing individuals listed under each topic that you are interested in.

We encourage anyone interested to participate in this program and be recognized individually and/or as an organization as a 2021 Hokie Collective Member.


This workshop will introduce participants to core themes and competencies around disability and disability justice. Students will, understand how language is connected to power and ableism, identify where they have power and where they don’t, determine ways that the strategic use of power helped disability justice evolve, and understand how to use the accessible activism checklist as a future resource for individual and collective efforts.

Offered by: Services for Students with Disabilities

For group scheduling and questions and contact: Nikeshia Arthur - nikeshia@vt.edu

This is a program designed to educate, inspire, and empower YOU to prevent, interrupt, and respond to harassment and violence. We all have a role to play in ending gender-based violence, including sexual and relationship violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and exploitation in our community.

BIB workshop helps you explore and prepare to take on your role by:

  • raising awareness of the scope and roots of violence.
  • helping identify situations where behavior is inappropriate or potentially harmful.
  • helping develop skills to intervene in a way that keeps you and others safe.

Bringing in The Bystander is a Soteria Solutions® program. To learn more, check out the BIB program page.

Offered by: VT Women’s Center

For group scheduling and questions and contact: Katie Mey - katie2@vt.edu

In the workshop, you will learn how to recognize the symptoms of sadness, depression, and other forms of possible distress. You will also learn how to engage with a person you care about, and discuss ways to get them further help. HFID programs are interactive, so you will get to practice evidence based techniques, such as motivational interviewing skills, that will truly help you in supporting others.

Offered by: Hokie Wellness

For group scheduling and questions and contact: David Andrews - davida12@vt.edu

Participants will explore the complexities of Indigenous identity, contrasting ways in which Native Peoples define group belonging to how federal and state governments have defined “Indian.” This introductory discussion introduces participants to the concept of Peoplehood while analyzing its capacity to advance Indigenous sovereignty and its inherent limitations.

Offered by: American Indian and Indigenous Community Center

For group scheduling and questions and contact: Melissa Faircloth - missy86@vt.edu

This introductory workshop will talk about diverse worldview identities, pluralism, and interfaith engagement. As Higher Education embraces multiculturalism and an increasingly diverse population, conversations about religious, spiritual, and secular diversity need to be promoted. Learning how to meaningfully interact across lines of difference and find common ground is key for inclusion and for a democratic, pluralistic society. At the end of the session, participants will:

  • Be able to define interfaith engagement.
  • Understand the importance of acknowledge the plurality religious, secular, and spiritual identities.
  • Appreciate the relevance of investing in a pluralistic community.
  • Learn the fundamentals of interfaith dialogue.

Offered by: VT Interfaith and the Dean of Students Office

For group scheduling and questions and contact: Najla Mouchrek - najlamk@vt.edu

Program description: Beginning with early 20th century "masquerade laws," this time will be dedicated to exploring and understanding how legal, educational, religious, and cultural institutions have and continue to oppress members of the LGBTQ+ community. We will also be addressing affirming and liberating practices and procedures that can be adopted by folks to better accommodate the basic needs of the queer community. Attendees will be provided with a resource packet for personal use during the session and for future reference.

Offered by: LGBTQ+ Resource Center

For group scheduling and questions and contact: Dr. Bing - anbingham@vt.edu

QPR, which stands for Question, Persuade and Refer, is a suicide prevention gatekeeper training program. QPR training provides skills and prevention information about how to help someone who may be feeling suicidal.

Offered by: Cook Counseling and Hokie Wellness

For group scheduling and questions and contact: Trinley Palmo - palmo17@vt.edu

This is an interactive training session on recovery from addiction, ways to eliminate stigma, and how to become a Recovery Ally.

The training covers:

  • An overview of substance use disorder and recovery.
  • Recovery friendly language.
  • How to connect with the Recovery Community rc@vt.edu or RCatVT on social media.
  • A personal reflection on substance use and recovery as a student at VT.

Offered by: VT Recovery Community and Hokie Wellness

For group scheduling and questions and contact: Monica Stanley - mcstanley@vt.edu

This is an introductory workshop on microaggressions, their impact, and ways to respond as a bystander. This is a highly interactive workshop and participants will be engaged in small group discussions on ways to respond given multiple scenarios.

Offered by: Cultural and Community Centers

For group scheduling and questions and contact: Alicia Cohen - acohen@vt.edu

This workshop will allow participants to explore their power and responses to failure in advocacy work. Participants will recognize each person’s ability to harm and cause harm, the difference between an action’s intention and impact, and the power of an apology. Students will become familiar with different types of apology and how to craft an apology that acknowledges responsibility, impact, and accountability.

Offered by: Services for Students with Disabilities

For group scheduling and questions and contact: Nikeshia Arthur - nikeshia@vt.edu

Share Your Interest

Fill out this brief form on GobblerConnect to let us know that you intend to participate as a group or as an individual. Through this form you can request program updates and reminders to help assist with your participation.

Individuals

Individual students who are interested in participating in the program can do so simply by submitting the signing up for an “open session” offering of the 2 different workshops or presentations they are most interested in. You can find more information about what you can expect to learn about in each program above. You can find out when “open sessions” are offered on GobblerConnect.

Groups and Organizations

Groups or organizations can participate as well! If you are a small group (<15), you may prefer to have interested members/leaders select the 2 workshops that the group would most like to participate in and sign up to attend an “open session” offering together on GobblerConnect.

If you are a large group (>15) the best way to participate is to select the 2 workshops or presentations that the group would most like to participate in and to reach out directly to the offices that provide each workshop or presentation offered. You can find more information about the content of each offering, as well as direct contact for group specific scheduling, in the "What Topics Can I Learn Bout?" tab.

If you would like to request a specific program for your group or would like to discuss the “open” dates for a workshop/presentation, please contact the individual affiliated with the “What topics can I learn about tab”.

If you have questions about how to participate in general, contact Hokie Wellness at hokiewellness@vt.edu.

To request accommodations for participation, such as ASL, live captioning, or alternate text formats, contact ssd@vt.edu as soon as you are aware of the need.

As an individual, participation in at least two different workshops or presentations per academic year- including signing/swiping in and confirming these are tracked on your GobblerConnect profile -is sufficient to be recognized on GobblerConnect, which is also something that you may wish to note on resumes or other educational or professional materials.

As an organization, we ask that you work to have a MAJORITY of your current, active membership participate in at least two different workshops. This means that if your organization decides that mental health and bystander intervention are the subjects your organization can benefit most from learning more about, you would work to have the majority of your members attend open sessions (for smaller groups <15) or to schedule organization specific session(s) of these workshops with the specific facilitator/coordinator noted above at a time when the majority of your membership will attend (for larger groups >15).

If you have questions about logistics of tracking & recognition, contact the source@vt.edu.

Core Benefits

These workshops and presentations all focus on gaining a basic level of understanding about the experiences and needs of those around you in our community. These opportunities will help to:

  • increase your knowledge about the diverse experiences and perspectives of our Hokie community.
  • build your capacity to disrupt unjust systems and norms.
  • build inclusive environments and communities.
  • lead effectively with care and respect.

The skills you will gain to be better able to identify concerns and provide support or step in when issues that impact your peers and community arise. As global citizens and motivated, concerned individuals, we can all benefit from these skills, and the more Hokies who have these skills and knowledge, the bigger the collective impact in our community can be. Participating in these programs can help make you and your organizational members better leaders by being able to better support others in areas such as mental health, substance use, microaggressions, cultural awareness, interfaith dialogue, and more.

Visibility Benefits for Individuals

Besides learning new skills, you will be able to demonstrate to future employers that you took the initiative to learn by listing the certification for each year you participated and each individual program that you completed.

Visibility Benefits for Groups and Organizations

You will receive official recognition through Student Engagement and Campus Life toward the end of the spring semester. With this recognition, you will be able to communicate to the campus community and potential new members that you care about the type of environment you are creating and how you can support the wellbeing of your members and others. This will include digital badging and swag that you can use to advertise your organization or incentivize and thank your members for participating.

*See “Requirements for Individual or Organization Recognition” for details on participating.