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Elliott, Jean


Biographical Note

Jean Elliott worked for Virgina Tech from 1999-2015. She retired in 2015 as Communications Manager for the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Prior to working at Virginia Tech, Elliott served as the Sports Information Director at the College of William and Mary and Brown University.

As an employee of Virginia Tech, Elliott was a visible advocate for the LGBTQ community. In 2005, she worked with professors Jeff Mann and Carol Burch-Brown to establish the annual "Gay in Appalachia" event, which celebrates the LGBTQ+ experience in rural communities through visual and performing arts. In 2009, Elliott worked with the LGBT faculty/staff caucus to establish an Ally of the Year Award and the Lavender Commencement Ceremony for LGBTQ+ students at Virginia Tech.

Elliott has been recognized for her work advocacy work by Equality Virginia, which named her an "Outstanding Virginian" in 2012. Elliott received the Presidential Principles of Community Award, Virginia Tech's highest honor for diversity and inclusion work, in 2014.


Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Jean Elliott Papers

Identifier: Ms-2016-014

The Jean Elliott Papers includes documents and correspondece relating to Jean Elliott's work within the LGBTQ community at Virginia Tech.

Dates: 1999 - 2015

Oral History with Jean Elliott, October 27, 2014

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2015-007_VTLGBTQ_ElliottJean

Oral History with Jean Elliott, October 27, 2014, 2014-10-27

Identifier: Ms2015-007_VTLGBTQ_ElliottJean
Scope and Content In this oral history interview, Elliott discusses her childhood, struggling with her sexuality throughout her childhood and early adulthood, and being out as a lesbian or gay woman while working at Virginia Tech. She also discusses stories of her contributions to the LGBT programming at VT, including the Gay in Appalachia event series, and her observations about allies, challenges, and changes in Virginia and at Virginia Tech. The interview was recorded on October 27, 2014 in Elliott's...
Dates: 2014-10-27

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