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Vision and Mission

A tree with the colors of autumn stands in front of one of the residence halls on Virginia Tech's campus. Photo by Ryan Young for Virginia Tech.


A community where everyone belongs, in the spirit of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).


Shaped by our vision of belonging, HRL cultivates residential communities which foster relationships and experiences that promote equity, diversity and inclusion; foster creativity; model responsible stewardship; practice integrity; and support lifelong learning.


  • Stewardship - We believe that people are our greatest resource, and the relationships we foster amongst our staff and partners are core to the success of our work. We also understand that the physical environments we create and sustain are critical to students' thriving. As a result, we invest our assets to develop our human and physical resources.
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - We create and sustain environments where individuals of all identities are recognized, welcomed, and affirmed. We embrace the Principles of Community which value inclusiveness and diversity, understanding that every individual should be treated with dignity, courtesy and kindness.
  • Learning - We commit to creating and working in environments that deepen life skills, knowledge, and self-understanding. We will advocate lifelong learning by challenging and supporting students and staff to pursue intellectual, personal, and professional development while embracing a variety of life experiences.
  • Creativity - We model the way in thinking beyond what has been, to what could be. In doing so, we foster opportunities for students to express their ideas, advocate for their vision, and see them become reality.
  • Integrity - We strive to create environments where individuals can define their values and take actions which are aligned with their values.
  • Innovation - We will continually examine our practices seeking effective and efficient ways to improve while balancing the needs of today and preserving the resources of tomorrow.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

  • We understand that all individuals are unique and vital participants to fully realize the richness of our community.
  • The intersection of differing identities is often the place where transformative learning happens.
  • This work is not easy - it is messy and ever evolving.

As a result, we are committed to:

  • Continually evaluating our intentions, processes, procedures, and interactions
  • Implementing strategies that remove barriers to access, opportunities, support, and success
  • Building relationships, owning our mistakes, and continuing to listen and learn