Business Diversity Center

The Business Diversity Center was formed in 2007 to establish the Pamplin College of Business as a leader for organizational diversity initiatives among colleges of business throughout the world.

Our mission is to contribute to greater understanding of the impact of diversity and multiculturalism on individual effectiveness and corporate competitiveness through three areas of focus:

  • Teaching: The Center has launched the Minor in Multicultural Diversity Management area of study for undergraduate students at Virginia Tech. The Center also supports the annual student-led Diversity Conference and Diversity Case Competition.

  • Research: The Center offers support for faculty and graduate students to facilitate the creation of new knowledge in diversity-related areas.

  • Outreach: The Center offers seminars on diversity-related issues to various organizations.

  • Events: The Center conducts and is involved in campus events. See our Events page to see our recent activities.

From the viewpoint of industry, the Business Diversity Center sets the Pamplin College apart from its academic peers.


Organizational diversity addresses the real or perceived differences among people that affect their interactions and relationships within and among organizations. Although organizational diversity encompasses many dimensions of difference, much of the research and teaching on this subject focuses on differences that could be based on power or dominance relations between groups, such as race, gender, ethnicity, sex, religion, age, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, work and family status, and socioeconomic background.