The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program area at Virginia Tech is committed to affirming human diversity based on race, age, ethnicity, ability, education, family constellation, gender, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, relationship status, health status (including pregnancy), political affiliation, religion, religious or spiritual beliefs/affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, genetic information, and military status. We believe that fostering a diverse community is vital for the evolution and growth of our program and the MFT profession, at large. Our program is committed to promoting diversity through recruitment, admissions, and retention and is continually working to prioritize program resources towards this goal.
We intentionally hold a broad definition of valuing diversity:
Affirming diversity means honoring the backgrounds, identities, beliefs, values, and life experiences of others while fostering mutual respect for difference.
As a community, we seek to engage diverse faculty, students, communities of interest, and collaborators to enhance our research, scholarship, and clinical efforts.
Visit InclusiveVT to learn more about Virginia Tech’s institutional and individual commitment to Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. For more information, access Virginia Tech’s Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement.
Program Composition Diversity Disclosure
In terms of the program’s diversity composition, our students self-report diverse identities across a wide number of social locations. For instance, our students self-report diverse gender identities, and well as diverse racial and ethnic identities. In the last 10 years, approximately 35% of students admitted to the program area have self-identified with traditionally underserved racial and ethnic identities within the United States. The program also includes students of diverse nationalities – in the last 10 years, approximately 23% of admitted students have identified as international students. Our relatively small student numbers mean that very small changes in enrollment cause relatively large changes in the program’s diversity composition. Currently, the MFT Core Faculty all identify as women and as white with European ancestry.