Maj. Gen. Wins' One Corps-One VMI Unifying Action Plan
June 1, 2021
This afternoon, I received a briefing from the governor’s office and Barnes & Thornburg regarding the findings and recommendations of the commonwealth’s audit into VMI’s diversity, equity, and inclusion practices. I appreciate all the time and cooperation the VMI family has invested in this process.
Since my arrival, I have said there is no place at VMI for racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, or any other type of discrimination. During my time as superintendent, the Institute will be a place where each and every member of the Corps of Cadets, faculty, staff and alumni feels a part of the VMI legacy regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, or orientation.
Over the past six months, I have spent countless hours listening to cadets, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni to better understand the culture of the Institute. I have done deep dives on the policies and procedures of the many offices and departments that help to carry out the VMI mission. As with any organization, there is always room for improvement. As such, I have compiled the unifying action plan to move the Institute forward. One Corps - One VMI focuses on five outcomes: 1.) Honor, 2.) Diversity and Inclusion, 3.) VMI Brand, 4.) Competing and Winning, 5.) One VMI.
Many of you have heard me talk about the five outcomes outlined in One Corps - One VMI. These outcomes will guide the tactical decisions of the Institute in the near term. Recommendations from the Barnes & Thornburg report will be evaluated through the lens of the VMI mission and our unique method of education, and, where appropriate, be integrated into the One Corps - One VMI plan.
I recognize the past few months have been difficult for many, divisive for some, and painful for others. This report and the One Corps - One VMI unifying action plan represent an opportunity for the VMI community to come together as brother rats, fellow cadets, alumni, and friends to make an already special place even more special. We cannot do this as a community of factions. VMI has a long history of improvement. Now is no different. The Institute will move forward and will be better because of this chapter in our history. I look forward to your continued support and involvement in this process.
Major General Cedric T. Wins ’85
U.S. Army (Retired)
VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE