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Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

HABB1 construction, laying of the first Hokie Stone, Saied Mostaghimi, Professor & Assistant Dean, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Associate Dean Saied Mostahimi

The Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in all aspects of its operations, facilities and research programs.  We recognize and support an understanding that diversity encompasses the whole of human experience and includes age, color, disability, gender, gender identity and expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. These important attributes reflect the complexity of our state and nation, which we strive to serve. In a world of increasing globalization and demographic shifts, excellence in research will be achieved by strengthening our understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

The success of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station’s envisioned future is an environment that encourages creativity, is rich in diversity of thought, and promotes the inclusion of new ideas.Thus we recognize and value the considerable workplace and societal benefits emanating from diversity in a multicultural world.

So from the faculty and staff that we hire, the stakeholders that advise us, to the students that assist in our research, and the clients that we serve, we seek out the contributions that differences offer and we are committed to a working and learning environment where everyone can realize their full potential.

Saied Mostaghimi
H.E. and Elizabeth F. Alphin Professor
Director of Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station and
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences