(from left) Rhonda Hawley and Angie Parvin

(from left) Rhonda Hawley and Angie Parvin
(from left) Rhonda Hawley and Angie Parvin

Hannah Parks

Hannah Parks
Hannah Parks

Paula Van Curen

Paula Van Curen
Paula Van Curen

(Update on August 14, 2017)
Photos from the 2017 Virginia Tech Employee Development Certificate Program ceremony were published on the Virginia Tech News.  Rhonda Hawley is on the 12th and 13th photos from the top, and Angie Parvin is on the last one.


(July 24, 2017) ISE staff Rhonda Hawley, Hannah Parks, Angie Parvin, and Paula Van Curen were awarded and recognized for earning professional development certificates or designation at the Virginia Tech Employee Development Certificate Program ceremony at the Inn at Virginia Tech on July 19, 2017.

Angie Parvin was one of four Virginia Tech employees who successfully sat for the Certified Research Administrator (CRA) exam and obtained the designation this spring, upon completing her course work.  The CRA exam is managed by the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC), an independent certifying body.  The designation of CRA means that an individual has met the RACC’s eligibility requirements and demonstrated a level and broad range of knowledge on research administration, which includes project development and administration, legal requirements and sponsor interface, and financial management. When asked about the hardest part of her accomplishment, she wrote: “The hardest part was disciplining myself to study.  It's been a long time since I last studied for a class.  I ended up using my garden as the incentive I needed.  I had to live by the rule I set for my son, ‘you can't play until your work is done.’"

Rhonda Hawley and Hannah Parks both received the Diversity Ally Certificate from the Diversity Development Program.  The Diversity Ally certificate provides the foundation for the development of competencies in diversity and inclusion content and practice, and participants are required to complete six workshops (three core requirements and three electives) for a total of 30 hours.

Rhonda also earned a certificate from the Administrative Professional Development Program (APDP).  The APDP provides opportunities for professional growth and networking.  APDP requires participants to be nominated by their supervisors, and participants are required to attend 2-hour monthly meetings during the academic year.  Rhonda summarized her experiences in APDP as follows: “The most valuable part of APDP was the knowledge that I gained about myself as an individual and how that can be put to use for the good of the organization.  The program was very helpful in showing me the value of my contributions on a personal level and as a piece of the larger puzzle, so to speak.”

Paula Van Curen received the Diversity Advocate Certificate from the Diversity Development Program.  The Diversity Advocate certificate builds upon the aforementioned Ally Certificate coursework through more in-depth discussion around categories of diversity and strategies for inclusive praxis.  Participants are required to complete two core and four elective workshops.