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Virtual-only events for fall 2020 & winter 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our team has implemented a number of changes to our operations. During the fall semester and through winter break, all our experiences will be virtual.

Our team decided to go completely virtual to protect you and our community members. While we are all disappointed that we will not be together in person, this has given us opportunities to think, engage, and connect in different ways.

Virtual experiences will include our Student Leadership Program (STEP UP), the I WILL Institute (Inspiring Women In Lifelong Leadership), our voter engagement efforts, and virtual skill-building sessions. You'll find all of our offerings listed on our calendar.

Unfortunately, we will not be offering in-person opportunities with Campus Kitchen or our half- and day-long service projects (our Get On The Bus program.)

We will also not offer any fall break, weekend, or week-long trips, including our trips to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Our hope is that the spring semester will bring us closer to “normal” VT Engage operations and at that time, we will be able to offer at least some in-person experiences again.

Explore what Ut Prosim and leadership mean to you

VT Engage offers a variety of ways to get engaged in local, regional, and global communities. All undergraduate and graduate students of any major are welcome to sign up for our experiences.

Group photo of the 2016 ACC Student Leadership Symposium cohort.

Collaborate with your peers across the ACC on current issues affecting college students.

VT Engage spring break service trip to Hurley, VA. Students helping Hurley Community Development volunteers with home repairs. Working at the home of Barrett Justus, who also helps coordinate the volunteers.

Students helping Hurley Community Development volunteers with home repairs. Working at the home of Barrett Justus, who also helps coordinate the volunteers.

These immersive experiences explore community issues on weekends as well as during fall, winter, and spring breaks.

Increase food access and reduce food waste by redirecting unserved food from VT dining centers to hunger relief agencies.

A woman holds a large "Vote" sign.

Develop your voice as a civic leader, and learn how to participate in democratic processes.

Join us on half-day or daylong projects that introduce you to social topics affecting our region.

These trips are a combination of service, learning, and cultural immersion.

During an I WILL Institute gathering, participants standing in two rows face each other and talk.
I WILL (Inspiring Women in Lifelong Leadership) brings together female-identified students, alumni, and friends of VT throughout the year to make meaningful connections.

These grants are awarded to current undergraduate or graduate students to help fund an innovative, community-driven project.

These teams lead all of our trips. They build leadership skills, and are trained in managing group dynamics, facilitating reflections, and learn about social topics impacting our world. 

Non-endorsement statement

VT Engage’s community partners are independent of Virginia Tech and do not represent the opinions or beliefs of our faculty, staff, or administration. We partner with organizations and individuals whose goals align with our mission, but hold a wide range of opinions on political, religious, and social issues. Therefore, students participating in our programs may find themselves in situations where their personal views come into conflict with those of others.

We encourage students to see these differences as an opportunity to better understand the perspectives and beliefs of others through dialogue and reflection. However, any student who feels threatened, unsafe, or unreasonably uncomfortable is encouraged to remove themselves from the situation and alert a VT Engage program leader.

Requests for accommodations

If you are an individual with a disability & desire an accommodation, welcome! Please contact the VT Engage team at least 10 business days prior to a virtual session. Visit program pages for specific information or contact us at engage@vt.edu or 540-231-9798.