DEI News and Events

DEI News and Releases:

January 2022

VMI Promaji Club Art Competition - To celebrate MLK day, and looking forward to February, Black History Month, the Promaji Club invites the VMI community to join our art competition on the theme, “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy of Inclusion.”  All submissions will be displayed at the Preston Library. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries and these will also earn a chance to be part of Nelson Gallery’s Juneteenth art exhibition in Lexington. Details including submission rules and deadlines can be found in an email sent to the VMI Community. The Promaji Club thanks Preston Library, VMI’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and LTC Ingersoll for their support of this event. 

National Day of Racial Healing on January 18 - The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has called on higher education institutions across the country to engage in activities, events, or strategies that promote healing and foster engagement around the issues of racism, bias, inequity, and injustice in society. Information about the day, events, and action kits is available.


Upcoming DEI Events:

Women’s History Month Keynote Speaker: Michele GheeMon., Mar. 21, 5:30 p.m., Washington and Lee Campus,
Northern Auditorium, Leyburn Library

Event Description: Michele Thornton Ghee is the CEO of 1145 Holdings which is the holding company of the Iconic Brands, EBONY and Jet. Ghee has worked for some of the most powerful companies in the world including WME, CNN, A&E, The History Channel and BET Networks. While at BET, Michele created and ran the first and only network for black women: BETHer.

Sponsored by the W&L Class of 1994 Office of Inclusion and Engagement and the VMI Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Co-sponsored by Career and Professional Development and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

 

Reception and Book Signing: Michele Ghee

Mon., Mar. 21, 7 p.m., Marshall Hall

Event Description: Following a speaking event at Washington and Lee, Michele Ghee will be at VMI’s Marshall Hall for a reception and book signing.

Sponsored by the W&L Class of 1994 Office of Inclusion and Engagement and the VMI Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Co-sponsored by Career and Professional Development and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

 

 

Past DEI Events:

Speaker Event: Enoch Woodhouse II, one of the Tuskegee Airmen
Thurs., Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. in Gillis Theater in Marshall Hall
Event Description: 
Enoch “Woody” Woodhouse II, one of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of predominately African-American fighter pilots who fought in World War II and paved the way for the integration of the armed forces in 1948, will speak at Virginia Military Institute on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. in Gillis Theater in Marshall Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Speaker
Sun. Jan. 23, 7p.m., Washington and Lee Campus, 
Lenfest Center for the Arts, Wilson Concert Hall / Zoom Webinar
Event Description: "W&L will host Dr. Yusuf Salaam as he presents his remarks as our featured speaker for our 2022 MLK Week. Dr. Salaam will be presenting a talk on the theme of "A Dream Deferred." Join us in the Lenfest Center for the Arts on Sunday, January 23rd at 7pm or on Zoom webinar. Stay after the event for a book signing with Dr. Salaam."

Reflections on the Life of MLK
Wed. Jan. 19, 5:30p.m., Washington and Lee Campus
Sydney Lewis Hall, Moot Court Room
Event Description: "The MLK Reflections event allows community members to gather to reflect on the lessons of Dr. King's life and work. Each year we invite a range of leaders from both our campus community and our Lexington community to participate to offer a brief commentary on their view of Dr. King's legacy, what Dr. King has meant to that individual, or to our community, or to our country or our world or our students...the possibilities are endless."