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All events cancelled for spring 2020

Due the COVID-19 pandemic, the VT Engage team has cancelled all events for the rest of the spring 2020 semester. While we are disappointed, the health and wellbeing of our leaders, participants, and community partners come first.

To remain up to date on this evolving situation, we encourage all Hokies to visit the following links:

Support our community

The United Way of the New River Valley set up a COVID-19 webpage that lists nonprofit needs in the New River Valley. They have also established a COVID-19 response fund to raise money quickly to support local nonprofits. We recommend contributing if and how you can, and/or reaching out to the United Way that is local to you. If you have items to add to the United Way NRV's website, please contact Sara Bohn at or (540) 381-2066

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. Whether you want to serve a couple hours on a Campus Kitchen shift, spend a half day or day with us on a Get on the Bus trip, develop your leadership capacities on one of our student teams, or go on an adventure outside the U.S., we have something for you. All undergraduate and graduate students of any major are welcome to sign up for our trips.

Group photo of the 2016 ACC Student Leadership Symposium cohort.

This conference offers a unique experience to collaborate with your peers on current issues affecting college students and explore what leadership means to you.

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 trips are immersive experiences that explore community issues in our region and throughout the eastern United States during weekends as well as fall, winter, and spring breaks.

Combat hunger and food waste by redirecting unserved food from on-campus dining centers to local nonprofits.

A woman holds a large "Vote" sign.

How do you engage in democracy? There are many ways to influence your community through civic action - whether it's through voting in local or national elections, attending town hall meetings, or something else!

Join us on half-day or daylong projects that introduce you to social topics affecting the New River Valley & Roanoke Valley communities.

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

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 & other questions

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 day trips & at least 30 days for other trips. Visit program pages for specific information or contact us at or 540-231-9798.

While we recognize that there are many different types of accommodations that an individual may request, as of fall 2019 Virginia Tech owns a wheelchair-accessible van that is available for departmental use. We are happy to reserve this van for our events.