Diversity Statement

Program Atmosphere and Anti-Discrimination

In accordance with the Virginia Tech Principles of Community, the Marriage and Family Therapy Program in Falls Church intends to create an atmosphere of openness and safety for students to express a variety of viewpoints and to discuss experiences that may not be common to all members of the program community. Consistent with the Principles of Community, the MFT Program formulated the following statement that is given to all applicants who are invited to interview at the program and is included in the Program Student Guide.

Affirmation of Respect for Human Diversity

The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Virginia Tech in Falls Church is committed to respect for human diversity. This is not just a statement but is a foundational belief at the core of our program. We believe that all individuals are entitled to compassion, respect, understanding and equal treatment. Family therapists must learn to understand and support individuals whose age, race, culture, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and, ability or other characteristics may be different from their own. This goal cannot be achieved solely through reading textbooks and class work. Befitting our location in a widely diverse and multicultural metropolitan area, and as part of a public university, we expect students to be open to encountering and working respectfully with clients, fellow students, staff, and faculty whose backgrounds, beliefs and life choices may not mirror their own. As a program, we expect that all of us will support each other as we encounter others who challenge us and that we will each work to create a safe environment in which different views can be shared and discussed.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy

The Marriage and Family Therapy Program in Falls Church affirms and upholds Virginia Tech's policies and philosophy concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action. As per the university's statement, Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, relationship status, health status, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

For further details or to contact the university concerning any issues related to equal opportunity, we encourage you to visit the university's webpage for more information and resources.

Discrimination Policy

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, relationship status, health status or veteran status. The university is subject to Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Age Discrimination in Employee Act, The Vietnam Era Veteran Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, Federal Executive Order 11246, Governor Gilmore's State Executive Order Number Two, and all other rules and regulations that are applicable. Anyone having questions concerning any of those regulations should contact the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office, 336 Burruss Hall, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061, 540-231-7500, TDD 540-231-9460.

Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact the Dean of Students Office, 540-231-3787; TDD/PC 1-800-828-1120; Voice 1-800-828-1140 by the application deadline.

See: Virginia Tech Policy No. 1025, Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Assault

Virginia Tech Office of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion

For further information about the Virginia Tech Graduate School's policies regarding diversity and inclusion, please visit the Office of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion's webpage. The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Virginia Tech in Falls Church upholds all of the Graduate School's philosophies and policies concerning recruitment, diversity, and inclusion. The program encourages students of all beliefs, values, life experiences, races, ethnicities, cultures, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities to apply to our program to better serve the diverse needs of our population and contribute diverse and underrepresented perspectives to both research and clinical work in the MFT field.