Research Projects & Collaborations
Refugee, Migrant, and Displaced Populations. Faculty and students are involved in several research projects and outreach activities with recently resettled families in the Blacksburg and New River Valley areas. Collaborating with faculty, staff, and students from across the University including History, Science and Technology in Society, the School of Public and International Affairs, the Moss Arts Center, the School of Architecture and Urban Studies, the School of Visual Arts, the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience, and the Office of International Research, Education, & Development, the Center also works with several service agencies and volunteers from the Blacksburg Refugee Partnership, the Roanoke Refugee Partnership, the regional Office of Refugee Resettlement, Blue Ridge Literacy, and others to engage in community activities and reciprocal research. This research has received seed funding from ISCE and from the Voice of Witness Foundation.
residents living in the path of proposed natural gas pipelines and other development projects that have the potential to impact land-use rights through eminent domain or that pose risks to residents’ feelings of safety.
VT Stories is an interdisciplinary born-digital oral histories project that explores the rhetorical affordances of multimodality and the internet. Focusing on the mentoring experiences of Virginia Tech alumni, VT Stories is a collaborative project across campus including English, History, VT Libraries, the Alumni Association, and TLOS. VT Stories transcends disciplinary boundaries and therefore is an example of Virginia Tech’s Beyond Boundaries visioning initiative. Our inter- and transdisciplinary project intersects with several Destination Areas, cultivating a VT-shaped learner by providing students with experiential learning across disciplines through internship opportunities.