Cook Counseling Center’s staff are committed to respecting and valuing our humanity. Prejudice and discrimination are harmful to all humans. As a staff, we support all Hokies, of all ideological and demographic backgrounds. We emphatically do not support statements or behavior expressing hate, violence, and denigration of others. As a message of support to those who feel increasingly marginalized, the Cook Counseling Center staff reaffirm the Virginia Tech Principles of Community:
We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate for work and learning based on mutual respect and understanding.
We affirm the right of each person to express thoughts and opinions freely. We encourage open expression within a climate of civility, sensitivity, and mutual respect.
We affirm the value of human diversity because it enriches our lives and the University. We acknowledge and respect our differences while affirming our common humanity.
We reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including those based on age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias and discrimination and for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others.
We pledge our collective commitment to these principles in the spirit of the Virginia Tech motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).