Undergraduate: HokiePRIDE of Virginia Tech
HokiePRIDE of Virginia Tech is a University Chartered Student Organization (UCSO) advised by Cultural and Community Centers.
Our mission is to work to promote an environment of equality, understanding, and harmony for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions by providing a LGBT Resource Center and campus-wide programs to raise awareness, community visibility, and increase support
HokiePRIDE membership is open to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Virginia Tech as well as to all residents of the New River Valley. There are no dues or registration requirements; if you want to be a member, all you have to do is attend the general body meetings.
History: Established in 1985 as Lambda Horizon, the LGBTA has undergone many transformations. During the early 1990s, the organization changed its name to LGBT and later to LGBTA. In 2014, the name was changed to HokiePRIDE. In 1998, the organization became a University Chartered Student Organization and began the Safe Zone program. Safe Zone was a collaborative effort between the Dean of Student’s office, the LGBTA, the LGBT Caucus, and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (now the Office for Diversity and Inclusion). The Safe Zone program is currently housed within Cultural and Community Centers. Today, HokiePRIDE's main focus is programmatic, not political.
Undergraduate: LGBTQ+ Registered Student Organizations (RSOs)
There are several Registered Student Organizations which serve specific populations of Virginia Tech's LGBTQ+ community. These include:
- Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM@VT)
- Queer and Trans People of Color at VT (QTPOC@VT)
- TransSpace at Virginia Tech
- Across Borders at Virginia Tech
- VTCC’s Helping Educate Regarding Education (H.E.R.O.)
For more information about these organizations, visit HokiePRIDE's website and click Organizations.
Graduate Students: Queer Grads, Professionals, and Allies
Queer Grads, Professionals, and Allies (QGPA) is a registered Graduate Student Organization that provides resources, support, events, and activities for graduate students at Virginia Tech; both queer and allied. Founded in the fall of 2010 with just three members, this organization has grown to over 45 students and faculty from the Graduate School at Virginia Tech, medical students at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and students at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Faculty and Staff: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus at Virginia Tech formed in 1992 as an affiliate of the Women’s Netwok. The Caucus' purpose is improving the working and learning environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members of Virginia Tech and the surrounding community. LGBT Caucus membership is open to all Virginia Tech faculty, staff, graduate students, and individuals who support the objectives of the Caucus.
Alumni: Ex Lapide Society of Virginia Tech
The Ex Lapide [eks-là-pi-de] (Latin for “Out of Stone”) Society is a free Virginia Tech alumni society for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and alumni allies. Their mission is to build a network of LGBTQA alumni, promote close fellowship along LGBTQA alumni, students, and friends of the university, establish effective relationships between Virginia Tech and LGBTQA alumni and supporters, encourage LGBTQA alumni involvement with Virginia Tech and the Alumni Association, represent the needs and interest of LQBTQA alumni and supporters, assist Virginia Tech in diversity and inclusion efforts, and to help undergraduate and graduate students transition from the academic world to the work place.