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Excellence in Access and Inclusion Awards

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) annually hosts the Excellence in Access & Inclusion Awards reception to recognize faculty, staff, students, teams, and departments for contributing to an inclusive and accessible environment at Virginia Tech. 

SSD honors all recipients with the Excellence in Access and Inclusion award. Nominations can also be made for the:

  • Sally Bohland Award for Exceptional Leadership in Access and Inclusion

  • Sally Bohland Award for Innovative Service in Access and Inclusion 

The Sally Bohland Award for Exceptional Leadership in Access and Inclusion 

This award is presented annually to one teaching faculty member who serves as a model for others in the areas of access, accessibility, and/or inclusion of students with disabilities, and whose leadership fosters a culture of access and inclusion. The award recognizes the often-unacknowledged work that goes into doing more than complying with accommodation requests. It is evaluated on:

  1. Personal Impact on Immediate Campus,
  2. Providing service to students with disabilities in new and original ways, and 
  3. The impact of their leadership on students with disabilities and helping them reach their full potential 

The Sally Bohland Award for Innovative Service in Access and Inclusion

This award is presented annually to one administrative and professional faculty, staff, graduate student, or undergraduate student. Nominees support students with disabilities in new and original ways and influence our campus structure so students with disabilities can demonstrate their true potential. This award recognizes the contributions of individuals who find significant ways to improve the accessibility of Virginia Tech. It is evaluated on:

  1. Service to students with disabilities in new and original ways and  
  2. Influence on campus structure(s) so that students with disabilities can demonstrate their true potential.

Nominations are open from March 18 through April 30 and can be submitted online or by emailing the Word document version to ssd@vt.edu.  

For 2022, we plan to honor our award nominees and recipients via a hybrid event. The event is currently planned for the last week of May and will be livestreamed via the SSD Facebook page. Please stay tuned to our social media and be sure to follow us @VirginiaTechSSD on Facebook and Twitter. 

Last year's program remains below.

Please contact the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office at 540-231-3788 or ssd@vt.edu with any questions.

The 2021 Excellence in Access and Inclusion Awards

Following the pattern set in 2020, this year's ceremony was an online social media event. This year we are honored to congratulate the following award recipients:

  • Dr. Raffaella De Vita for winning the Sally Bohland Award for Exceptional Leadership in Access and inclusion. 
  • Alison Cross for winning the Sally Bohland Award for Innovative Service in Access and Inclusion. 
  • Students Alicia Blackburn, Anna Chamberlayne, Genevieve Gemond, Rayden Dodd, Sabrina Mundorff, Utah Kershner, and two others for receiving the Buzz's Bunch Scholarship.