On April 16, 2007, 32 professors and students were killed and dozens of others injured by an active shooter at Virginia Tech. The following resources provide more information about the event and its aftermath, including the university's Remembrance ceremonies and the government's review of the university's actions during the event. The University Archives also maintains the Virginia Tech April 16, 2007, Condolence Archives and related collections with items received by the university to memorialize and mourn those lost.
We continue to remember the 32 victims:
Ross A. Alameddine
Collections at Virginia Tech
SCUA also has a collection of emails with Steger related to April 16th, which are unprocessed. Please contact SCUA for more information.
Collections at the Library of Virginia (https://www.lva.virginia.gov/)
We thank the American Indian & Indigenous Community Center for providing this statement:
Virginia Tech acknowledges that we live and work on the Tutelo / Monacan People’s homeland and we recognize their continued relationships with their lands and waterways. We further acknowledge that legislation and practices like the Morrill Act (1862) enabled the commonwealth of Virginia to finance and found Virginia Tech through the forced removal of Native Nations from their lands, both locally and in western territories.
We understand that honoring Native Peoples without explicit material commitments falls short of our institutional responsibilities. Through sustained, transparent, and meaningful engagement with the Tutelo / Monacan Peoples, and other Native Nations, we commit to changing the trajectory of Virginia Tech's history by increasing Indigenous student, staff, and faculty recruitment and retention, diversifying course offerings, and meeting the growing needs of all Virginia tribes and supporting their sovereignty.
We must also recognize that enslaved Black people generated revenue and resources used to establish Virginia Tech and were prohibited from attending until 1953. Through InclusiveVT, the institutional and individual commitment to Ut Prosim (that I may serve) in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence, we commit to advancing a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.