Leadership Team

About the Structure

As stated in our About, the Disability Alliance at VT  is the umbrella organization for and closely affiliated with the Disability Caucus at VT. The Alliance is currently listed as a Registered Student Organization (RSO).


Responsibilities of the Disability Alliance President

  • Work together, with the Caucus Co-Chairs, and others of the leadership team to plan and facilitate meetings and oversee current projects.
  • Must be someone who identifies as disabled/having a disability, mental illness, or chronic illness
  • Ideally an undergraduate or graduate student

Current Alliance President

Alliance Faculty Adviser

Responsibilities include:

  • Support student leadership within the Disability Alliance as they carry out operations of the organization
  • Assist with networking with Virginia Tech departments and administrative bodies

Current Alliance Faculty Adviser

Alliance Membership Coordinator

Responsibilities include:

  • Help new VT community members with disabilities feel welcome – provide information about how to acquire accommodations for classes or job, accessible businesses, etc.
  • Welcome them into the Disability Alliance & Caucus

Current Alliance Community Welcomer

  • We are seeking someone for this position in 2018-2019.

Caucus Co-Chairs

Responsibilities of the Disability Caucus-Co Chairs are to:

  • Work with other caucus representatives (LGBT, Black, Latino, Veterans, etc.)  and represent the Disability Caucus at Diversity & Inclusion meetings and other university meetings.
  • Chair meetings of the Caucus, set the agenda for meetings, and distribute information to the group
  • Assist Alliance leadership with joint/general Alliance functions

Current Caucus Co-Chairs are:

  • Martina Svyantek (also serves as Community Ambassador)
  • Elizabeth “Liz” Spingola (also serves as Alliance Co-President)

Caucus Treasurer

Responsibilities of the Disability Caucus Treasurer include:

  • Manage organization budget and funds
  • Work on fundraising efforts
  • Be able to professionally interact with University admin and be entrusted with access to access to the Disability Alliance/Caucus bank account(s).

Current Caucus Treasurer: