Events

Diversity at VCU and Beyond

Diversity and inclusion events at VCU take place across campus and throughout Richmond. Check each month below for a full listing of upcoming events.

June +

June events:

Tuesday, June 13, 2017: The Wellness Resource Center presents "Survivor Solidarity Hour" at The Well's Recovery Clubhouse. Survivor Solidarity Hour is a weekly, year-round program, held every Tuesday, where survivors of violence and allies can come together, meet and hang out in a safe space from 12:30pm - 1:30pm. This is not a therapeutic group but rather a casual, supportive space. Students can engage in activities from coloring, to playing games, to engaging in conversation. For more information, contact The Wellness Resource Center at myoptions@vcu.edu.

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August 7-10, 2017: This 4-day Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) workshop is part of the train-the-trainer process for BIC facilitators. 
September +

September events

Wednesday, September 7, 2016: Join Equality VCU and the VCU LGBTQIA+ Community at their annual social, 3:30-5pm at the VCU Compass (between Cabell Library & Shafer Court). Free King of Pops popsicles for the first 200 people!  For more information see Equality VCU King of Pops.

Thursday, September 8:  HRC presents: Dr. Daniel Wildcat, Professor and Director of Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center, Haskell Indian Nations University, presents: Exercising Indigenuity: The Role of Indigenous Knowledges in Healing the Planet, 3:30pm at the University Student Commons. For information visit  Humanities Research Center Speaker Series.
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2016: The Office of Student Experience hosts Financial Literacy: Managing Your Finances for students, 12-12:45pm at the Kontos building on the MCV campus Room 104-105. For more information, see SSS Managing Your Finances .  
 
Thursday, September 15, 2016:  The VCU Black Education Association (BEA) hosts their Annual Faculty Welcome Reception, 4-5:30pm at the VCU Student Commons, Richmond Salons III-IV.  For information visit the BEA website: www.bea.vcu.edu.
 

Thursday, September 15, 2016: OMSA presents Latinx Heritage Month Kickoff, 12-2:00pm at the OMSA Office, Suite 215. For more information, see: Latinx Heritage Month  

Thursday, September 15, 2016: Political Latinx United for Movement and Action in Society (PLUMAS) hosts Guest Speaker: Rodrigo Velasquez, field organizer for Virginia Latina Advocacy Network (VA LAN). Velasquez will contrast reproductive health and reproductive justice among other topics that oppose universal access to reproductive health, 7-9:00pm at the VCU Student Commons, Commons Theatre. For more information email: plumasatvcu@gmail.com. 

Friday, September 16, 2016:  The College of Humanities and Sciences Diversity and Equity Committee offers two workshops for CHS faculty and staff on Unconscious Bias.  For information contact Janelle Scutt: (804) 828-1396, jscutt@vcu.edu.  View the flyer: Unconscious Bias for CHS faculty and staff.  Register here.
 
Week of September 19, 2016:  VCU School of Education hosts Race, Ethnicity and Education Teach-in. For information visit the School of Education website
 
Monday, September 19 through Friday, September 23, 2016: Register to be a part of a focus group for Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Students. Food will be provided to participants if you register by 9/23 at bit.ly/VCUTGNC.   
 
Monday, September 19, 2016: Latinx Poetry Reading hosted by OMSA will feature students, faculty, and staff reading original poetry or poetry written by a Latina/o author in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, 7-9:00pm at VCU Student Commons, Common Ground. For more information, see: Latinx Poetry Reading
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016: The Division for Inclusive Excellence invites the VCU Community for Coffee & Conversation, 4-6:00pm at 817 S. Cathedral Place. For more information, see Coffee and Conversation with Inclusive Excellence.
 
Saturday, September 24, 2016:  PrideFest 2016, 12-8:00pm at Brown's Island in Richmond, VA. The event is FREE and open to the public. For information visit: www.vapride.org.
 
Monday, Sep. 26, 2016 at 3pm: VCU's Transgender Inclusion Administrative Work Group Student Services Committee is seeking input from students who identify within the transgender community (including but not limited to: transgender, trans man, trans woman, Two-Spirit, non-binary, gender fluid, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, agender, bigender, etc.)  for two (2) focus groups.  Location is the The Wellness Resource Center.  Food will be provided, and registration by September 23rd is required.  For more information and to register, contact Kaylin Tingle at tinglekm@vcu.edu or visit http://www.bit.ly/VCUTGNC.
 
Tuesday & Wednesday, September 27 -28: VCU Global Education Office, Division of Community Engagement, Division for Inclusive Excellence, and Office of Multicultural and Student Affairs in collaboration with Sacred Heart Center invite the public to a discussion with Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J. to celebrate the contributions of Latino culture in preparing leaders for a multicultural 21st century, 7:00 pm at Sacred Heart Center 1400 Perry St. Richmond, VA 23224. For more information, see Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration with Sacred Heart
 
Wednesday, September 27, 2016: The Division for Health Sciences Diversity hosts a Health Professions Week Community Connect Event for students to visit resources tables staffed by pre-professional and professional health sciences student organizations, as well as VCU Departments, 6-8:00pm at Larrick Student Center - Court End Ballroom. For more information, visit Events at VCU Health Sciences Diversity. Register here
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016: College of Humanities and Sciences presents the Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Catholic Studies Speaker Series with guest lecturer Dr. Jalane D. Schmidt presenting "A Virgin in the Streets: Religion, Race, and Revolution in Cuba", 4-5:30pm at VCU Student Commons, Commonwealth B. For more information, see: A Virgin in the Streets: Religion, Race, and the Revolution in Cuba
 
Thursday, September 29, 2016: Pups on the Plaza a CVC fund raiser for The Center for Human-Animal Interaction at VCU, 11-2:00pm at the Egyptian Building Courtyard 1223 E. Marshall. For more information, see: Pups on the Plaza
 

Thursday, September 29, 2016: University Counseling Services hosts Taking Pride in Mental Health: LGBTQIA+ Mental Health & Suicide Awareness Symposium that will involve a speaker presentation lunch with a Q&A panel, a spoken word workshop, and a spoken word performance by VCU's award winning slam poetry organization, Good Clear Sound, 11-4:000pm at VCU Student Commons, Theater. Register here. For more information, see: Taking Pride in Mental Health

Thursday, September 29, 2016: In commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month the Global Education and the Division for Inclusive Excellence host a documentary screening of "Watching Them Die: The Mexican Army and the 43 Disappeared", the film challenges Mexican government's version of the disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College, 6:30-9:00pm at the Academic Learning Commons room 2201. All are welcomed. For more information, see Watching The Die: The Mexican Army and the 43 Disappeared

October +

October events 

Saturday, October 1, 2016: VCU Athletics and OMSA will host the Men's Soccer Pride Game at 7:00pm at the Sports Backers Stadium. 

Sunday, October 2, 2016: VCU Athletics and OMSA will host the Women's Soccer Pride Game at 1:00pm at the Sports Backers Stadium. 

Monday, October 3, 2016: OMSA presents LGBTQ+ Ally Training: How to be a Straight Ally, 12-2:00pm in the VCU Student Commons, VA Room A. For more information contact: Camilla Hill at 804.828.6272 or hillcl2@vcu.edu. 

October 4-27, 2016: A Special LGBTQ History Month!  It all starts on October 4th at 12 Noon with a panel discussion, Trials and Triumphs, 1974-76:  The Struggle for Recognition of VCU’s first Gay Student Group.  The month long events cumlulate October 27th at 6:00pm at the Siegel Center, with special guest speaker, tennis superstar and LGBTQ and Womans Rights activist, Billie Jean King.  To see the full listing of activities, view here: Celebrating 40 Years of LGBTQ Activism at VCU.  View Here for more information on A Conversation with Billie Jean King

Tuesday, October 4, 2016: OMSA presents Queer Coffee Hour, 10-11:30am in the OMSA Office, Suite 215. For more information contact: Camilla Hill at 804.828.6272 or hillcl2@vcu.edu. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016: VCU Staff Senate hosts VA Caring University Scholarship Ceremony, 11:00am at the VCU Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballrooms. For more information, contact: 804.827.1872 or at staffsenate@vcu.edu. 

Starting Tuesday, October 4, 2016: The Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences has developed Awareness into Action, a 5 series co-curricular program open to health professions students to explore links to diversity and inclusion in the medical field. The courses will be held 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/18, and 11/15 from 12-12:50pm at Kontos 104-105. To register for this course visit https://wp.vcu.edu/diversityprograms/current-program/ or see: Awareness into Action

Tuesday, October 4, 2016: 2016 Burnside Watstein Awards, 1:30-4:30pm at the VCU Cabell Library, Room 303. For additional information: Burnside Watstein Awards
 
Tuesday, October 4, 2016: Recsports in collaboration with VCU Police Department and The Wellness Resource Center are offering a Principles of Self-Defense class that will teach participants measures to enhance personal safety. This class DOES NOT include a physical segment, it is theory only, 6-10:00pm in the Wet Classroom. Register by noon online on Ocotber 2nd. For more information, contact: Office Curtis Diesselhorst at 804.828696. 
 
Tuesday, October 4, 2016: University College and the VCU Police Department present 'Why Trust the Cops?' an informative event moderated by Cheif Venuti with panleists from the Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield Police Departments, as well as the FBI. The discussion will talk about policing with a purpose, building trust, and community-engaged policing, 7-9:00 pm in the VCU Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom A. For more information, see: Why Trust the Police
 
October 5-9, 2016:  The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) presents, Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories, at the 101st Annual Conference & Meeting at the Richmond Marriott Hotel. For registration and other information, visit the ASALH website: https://asalh100.org/
 
Thursday, October 6, 2016: OMSA presents LGBTQ+ Discussion Group, 3-4:30pm in the VCU Student Commons, Metro Room. For more information contact: Camilla Hill at 804.828.6272 or hillcl2@vcu.edu.
 
Thursday, October 6, 2016:  HRC presents: Deborah McGregor, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, presents: Applying Indigenous Legal Traditions to Conceptualizing Water Justice, 5:00pm at West Gract North. For additional information visit Humanities Research Center Speaker Series
 
Friday, October 7, 2016: OMSA presents First Friday, 12-3:00pm in the VCU Student Commons, Common Ground. For more information, visit: OMSA 
 
Friday - Sunday, October 7 - 9, 2016: VCU is hosting their first annual Lavender Empowerment Summit, empowering LGBTQ+ VCU. It will be held in Williamsburg, VA and participants will have the opportunity to present at the Empowerment Summit. Registration is full. For more information, see: OMSA Events 
 
Monday, October 10, 2016: The James River Valley (VA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, will host a provocative forum with two history-making, renowned speakers; Governor L. Douglas Wilder and Dr. Louis W. Sullivan. Location is the Claude G. Perkins Living and Learning Center on the campus of Virginia Union University, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.  The event includes a reception with the speakers. This is a FREE community service event.  For information visit the Links website: www.jamesrivervalleylinksinc.org.
 
October 10-14, 2016: Begins Disability Awareness Week for students, faculty, staff, and community members. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any of the events, please contact Paula McMahon at mcmahonpl2@vcu.edu or (804) 828-8532. For more information, see: Disability Awareness Week
 
Monday, October 10, 2016: Kicks off the week with Study Magic for Students with ADHD - A Study Plan that Works for You, 12:30 pm at the VCU Student Commons, Forum Room with guest speaker Camille Harris, PCC, LCSW. Please RSVP to Paula McMahon at mcmahonpl2@vcu.edu by October 3rd. Lunch will be provided. 
 
Monday, October 10, 2016: The NAACP at VCU presents "Unapologetically Black," a series of lectures presented by Zoe Spencer, Ph.D., scholar and activist, Virginia State University, in the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms C-D at 8:00pm. These lectures are designed to challenge stereotypes and fallacies that have historically defined "what it means to be black" in America. For more information, contact Keiona Moore at moorekf@mymail.vcu.edu.
 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016: OMSA hosts National Coming Out Day (special edition Queer Coffee Hour), 10:30-11:30 am in the OMSA Office, Suite 215. For more information contact: Camilla Hill at 804.828.6272 or hillcl2@vcu.edu.
 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016: Neurodiversity on Campus: Autism & Adulthood will present speakers from VCU Autism Center for Excellence, 2:00pm at Larrick Student Center, Jackson Ward B. Attendees will have a chance to win door prizes and light refreshments will be served. For information, see: Disability Awareness Week
 
Wednesday, October 12, 2016: Voting Rights and Polling Site Accessibility will present Ramona DeFonza from Disability Law Center of Virginia, 2:00 pm at VCU Student Commons, Forum Room. Attendees will have a chance to win door prizes and light refreshments will be served. For information, see: Disability Awareness Week.
 
Wednesday, October 12, 2016: The Office of Student Experience hosts Combating Burn Out: Managing Health and Stress apart of their Success Seminar Series for students, 12-12:45pm at the Kontos building on MCV Campus Room 104-105. For more information, see: Managing Health & Stress
 
Wednesday, October 12, 2016: Career Services presents "Queer in Your Career," a panel discussion and networking opportunity with "out" professionals from the LGBTQ community, at The Depot from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. For more information, see the link to the Queer In Your Career flyer.
 
Thursday, October 13, 2016: Students, faculty and staff are invited to the President's Forum on Social Justice in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballrooms. Three two-hour sessions will be held: 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-3:30pm and 7:00pm-9:00pm.
 
Thursday, October 13, 2016:  Understanding the Employment Accommodation Process - A Primer for Supervisors and Employees will present Paula McMahon, VCU ADA Coordinator, 1:00pm at Larrick Student Center, Jackson Ward A. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch. For information, see: Disability Awareness Week‌. 
 
Thursday, October 13, 2016: OMSA hosts a Trans/Non-Binary/Genderqueer Mix & Mingle, 5-7:00 pm in the OMSA Office, Suite 215. For more information contact: Camilla Hill at 804.828.6272 or hillcl2@vcu.edu. 
 
Thursday, October 13, 2016: Celebrating 40 Years of LGBTQ Activism at VCU: The Humanities Research Center's Fall 2016 Speaker Series features guest speaker Marc Stein, Ph.D., historian, in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons l-ll at 4pm. Click here for more information.
 
Friday, October 14, 2016: VCU School of Medicine Health Disparities Roundtables Series - A L.E.A.P for academic equity and other partnerships with the VCU Division for Academic Success. This event will be held at the VCU Larrick Student Center, located at 900 Turpin Street in the Jackson Ward Conference Room 12pm-1pm. For more information, see the link to the Health Disparities Roundtable flyer.
 
Saturday, October 15, 2016: OMSA in collaboration with Diversity Thrift host a Service Day with Diversity Richmond, 10-3:00pm. For more information contact: Camilla Hill at 804.828.6272 or hillcl2@vcu.edu.
 
Monday, October 17, 2016: Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs hosts the Wilder Symposium, "Race and American Society: 50 Years after the Kerner Commission," for a day-long discussion on the VCU campus about the local, state, national and political implications of the Kerner Commission findings and what they mean today, 10-12:00 pm at Single Center and 2-4:30pm at Grace Street Theater. 
 
Monday, October 17, 2016: The Arab Student Association presents the "Arab Race" panel discussion that will represent students from the Arab community in West Grace Street Student Housing-North, Room 1030J-K. For more information, contact Ahmed Almalki at almalkiaa2@mymail.vcu.edu or (571) 699-6886.
 
Tuesday, October 18, 2016: Join VCU Global Education Office and the Division for Inclusive Excellence for a discussion on "Panel - Latin American Immigration - Oct 18," from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at 830 West Grace Street, Room 1030-J (First Floor). The panelists include Dr. Jennifer Bickham-Mendez, Dr. Debra Rodman, and Ms. Carolina Bautista Velez. Event is free and open to the public.
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016: OMSA hosts LGBTQ+ Ally Training: How to be a Cis Ally, 6-8:00pm in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 1201. For information contact: Camilla Hill at 804.828.6272 or hillcl2@vcu.edu. 
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will hold a meeting in the University Student Commons, Suite 215, at 12:00pm for December graduates interested in participating in the Kente Graduation Celebration and/or the Latino Graduation Celebration. For more information, contact Yolanda Avent at ylavent@vcu.edu.
 
Thursday, October 20, 2016:  Join VCU Office of the Ombudsperson for National Conflict Resolution Day, 8:30am-12 noon, in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. This event includes a panel discussion with VCU leadership and keynote speaker, Sean Banks, Director of Ombuds Services and Corporate Ombuds at Shell Oil Company. Event is free and open to the public. registration at: http://ombudsperson.vcu.edu/events/national-conflict-resolution-day-2016/.
 
Saturday, Octoer 23, 2016: VCU Athletics and OMSA will host the Field Hockey Pride Game at 1:00pm at the Cary Street Field. 
 
Thursday, October 24, 2016: OMSA hosts Problematic Halloween, 7-9:00pm. For more information contact: Jelani Drew at 804.828.6272. 
 
Thursday, October 24, 2016: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs seeks members to serve on its Student Advisory Board. The board exists to support OMSA's mission to advocate for underrepresented communities at VCU. Board members will help shape OMSA's policies and procedures, represent constituents in meetings with campus and student affairs administrators and communicate regularly with the director and staff of OMSA. Applications are due by Monday, Oct. 24. For more information, contact Vanessa Bigdeli at omsa@vcu.edu or visit https://goo.gl/forms/zn1Iq8O5qmFLB7722.
 
Between October 24-28, 2016: Cultural Competence and Education at the Division for Inclusive Excellence will offer a 4-day, Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) training for selected BIC facilitators.  For time, locations and other information visit: Building Inclusive Communities, or contact Jan Altman, Coordinator for Cultural Competence and Education: (804) 828-8947, jhaltman@vcu.edu
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2016: OMSA hosts LGBTQ+ Ally Training: How to be a White Ally, 5-7:00pm in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 1201. For more information contact: Camilla Hill at 804.828.6272 or hillcl2@vcu.edu.  
 
Thursday, October 27, 2016:  Continuing the celebration of our special LGBTQ History Month, join in A Conversation with Billie Jean King at the Siegel Center at 6:00 PM.  This event is Free and open to the public. For more information visit the Humanities Resource Center website, College of Humanities and Sciences. 
 
Thursday, October 27, 2016: OMSA hosts Comedy Night, 8-9:30pm at The Depot. For more information contact: Camilla Hill at 804.828.6272 or hillcl2@vcu.edu. 
 
Friday, October 28, 2016: VCU Athletics and OMSA will host the Volleyball Pride Game at 7:00pm at the Siegel Center. 
 
Monday, October 31, 2016: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs screens "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" as part of LGBTQ+ History Month in the University Student Commons, Suite 215. Free snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Jelani Drew at drewjm@vcu.edu.
November +

November events:

Tuesday, November 1, 2016: VCU Center on Health Disparities is hosting a non-perishables and canned food drive to help those who are less fortunate in the communities around us. The drive will last from November 1 to December 1, 2016 and donations are accepted in decorated bins at 730 E Brad St, 4th floor, Office 4100. For more information, and to express interest in volunteering to help pack and deliver gifts in time of the holiday, contact alias.brewer@vcuhealth.org or see Canned Food Drive‌. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016:  Register by October 25th to attend the luncheon and panel discussion for women and underrepresented minority department chairs, 12 noon-2pm, at the University Student Commons, Richmond Salon. This event to engage in meaningful discussion around issues of special concern to women and/or minority departmental leaders is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Faculty Affairs.  Click here to register.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016: Deadline for The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs accepts applications for its HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program until Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016: VCU Parking and Transportation will host a series of forums on the Monroe Park and MCV campuses to present information on upcoming parking and transportation changes, improvements and more, including opportunity for members of the audience to discuss their concerns. this forum will be held at the University Student Commons Theater on the Monroe Park Campus from 11am- 12pm.  For additional information, please contact Parking and Transportation at: 828-PARK (7275).

Tuesday, November 1, 2016: Filipino Americans Coming Together celebrates Ati Atihan themed Barrio Fiesta on the Commons Plaza on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 11:00am - 3:00pm. Participants can indulge in free Filipino food, watch performances and learn about the Filipino culture. For more information, contact Alyssa Czarina Agnir at agniraa@vcu.edu.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs holds its Women of Color Discussion Group in the University Student Commons, Shockoe Room from 3:00pm - 4:00pm. This group provides a safe space in which to discuss topics relevant to female students of color. For more information, contact Jenaé Harrington at jdharrington@vcu.edu.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016: Equality VCU is offering scholarships for students to attend the 2017 Creating Change Conference in Philadelphia, PA, which will be held Jan. 18-22. An information session will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 3 p.m. in Hibbs Hall, Room 331. Sponsored by the National LGBTQ Task Force, the Creating Change conference offers workshops and forums on LGBTQ empowerment and activism. Attendees will learn how to create lasting LGBTQ change here at VCU and out in the world. For a scholarship application, email equality@vcu.edu with SCHOLARSHIP in subject line. For more information, contact R. Dale Smith at rdsmith@vcu.edu.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016: The Global Education Office invites the VCU community to its monthly Global Café in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons from 12:30pm - 2:00pm. This event is an opportunity for international and American students, faculty, staff and community visitors to meet and discuss a wide range of topics in a casual setting. The Global Café is a drop-in event; participants can come and go as their schedule permits. For more information, contact Nichole George atgeorgenl@vcu.edu or visit http://www.global.vcu.edu/students/community/globalcafe/.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs holds its Men of Color Discussion Group in the University Student Commons, Metro Room from 3:00pm - 4:00pm. This group provides a safe space in which to discuss topics relevant to male students of color. For more information, contact Fletcher Ferguson at fjferguson@vcu.edu.

Thursday, November 3, 2016: VCU Parking and Transportation will host a series of forums on the Monroe Park and MCV campuses to present information on upcoming parking and transportation changes, improvements and more, including opportunity for members of the audience to discuss their concerns. This forum will be held at the George Ben Johnston Auditorium on the MCV Campus from  11am- 12pm. For additional information, please contact Parking and Transportation at: 828-PARK (7275).

Thursday, November 3, 2016: VCU Department of Psychology and their Distinguished Speaker Series presents Dr. Richard Lee presenting "Contesting and Creating Narratives about Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Internarial Adoption". Dr. Lee will discuss studies that contest dominant narratives and create alternate narratives about race, ethnicity, and culture in international adoption, 4-5:15pm at the Grace St. Theater, 934 W. Grace St. For more information, visit Distinguished Speaker Series

Thursday, November 3, 2016: HRC Speaker Series: Dr. Clint Carroll, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder, presents: Landscapes of Renewal: Cherokee  Adaptation and Environmental Governance, 5:00pm at West Gract North. For information visit Humanities Research Center Speaker Series

Friday, November 4, 2016: Bouquets of Barakah: The Muslim Students Association gives out flowers containing Islamic quotes to the student population on the Compass from 1:00pm-3:00pm. For more information, contact Saad Guliwala at guliwalas@vcu.edu.

Friday, November 4, 2016: The Catholic Campus Ministry at VCU holds a movie night in the Catholic Campus Ministry house, 823 S. Cathedral Place at 8:00pm. Participants will enjoy a night of fellowship, pizza and popcorn as the movie "Minions" is screened. For more information, contact Millie Griesemer at griesemerm@mymail.vcu.edu.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016: The Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies presents a brown bag event featuring Myrl Beam, Ph.D., discussing his work "Romancing the State: Queer Politics and the Love Pivot," and Bee Coston, Ph.D., will discuss "From Surviving to Thriving: New Discourses on LGBTQ+ Intimate Partner Violence" with Kate Nash, Ph.D. responding in Crenshaw House, First Floor Seminar Room. For more information, contact Archana Pathak at aapathak@vcu.edu.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016: Muevelo at VCU holds its "Learn to Dance Salsa" workshop in the West Grace Student Housing-North, Room 1030J. For more information, contact Chasity Newsome at newsomec3@vcu.edu or (757) 346-0633 or visit https://vcu.collegiatelink.net/organization/muevelo_vcu.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016: The Office of Student Experience hosts Back to School: Tips for the Adult Learner as another installment of their Success Seminar Series for students, 12-12:45pm at the Kontos building on MCV Campus Room 104-105. For more information, see: ‌. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016: The Office of Multicultural Student Affiars will be hosting a Self Care Space with crafts, games, and food, 10-4:30 pm in the VCU Student Commons OMSA Office. For more information, call (804) 828 6672. 

Friday, November 11, 2016: VCU School of Medicine Health Disparities Roundtables Series - Lunch & Yoga: Tips for balance and wellness with Shannon Somogyi, instructor and Project Yoga Ambassador. This event will be held at the VCU Larrick Student Center, located at 900 Turpin Street in the Jackson Ward Conference Room 12pm-1pm. For more information, see the link to the Health Disparities Roundtable flyer.

Saturday, November 12, 2016: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs sponsors a fall cultural excursion to the Great American Indian Exposition at the Richmond International Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., in recognition of American Indian History Month. Transportation will be provided. For more information, contact Jenaé Harrington at jdharrington@vcu.edu.

Sunday, November 13, 2016: UnDocuAlly training is designed to open conversation for individuals to learn more about the lives of students who are undocumented.  The training is from 10am to 2pm in Harris Hall, room 2119. Breakfast and lunch is provided, and attendees will receive a magnet showing that you stand as an ally for DREAMers.  Seating is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible.

Monday, November 14, 2016: The Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention is having an improv competition. Teams will perform skits about HIV/AIDS and substance abuse prevention among African American college students, 7-9:00pm at the Academic Learning Commons Room 1107. For more information, email: ccep@vcu.edu or call: 804.828.6261. 

Monday, November 14, 2016: Christ Centered Fellowship hosts "Share Your Love" on the Commons Plaza to encourage students to share love by packaging candies and chocolates with other students on campus from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. For more information, contact Daisy at chungy4@vcu.edu.

Monday, November 14, 2016: The National Association of Black Accountants and the National Society of Black Engineers host J.B. Bryan, financial advisor, discussing wealth management in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 2104 at 7:00pm. Bryan is the creator and author of "AfroEconomics: Our Black Wealth Matters," a strategic financial management program developed for the advancement of black wealth in America and abroad. For more information, contact Curtis Holloway at hollowaycr@vcu.edu or (240) 421-6470.

Monday, November 14, 2016: In recognition of International Education Week, the Global Education Office sponsors the International Film Festival, featuring award-winning films from around the globe in West Grace Street Student Housing-North, Room 1030J at 7:30pm. Tonight's film, "No", captures the advertising campaign to oust the Chilean military dictator, Augusto Pinochet. For more information, contact Pam Haney at pohaney@vcu.edu or (804) 828-8309 or visit http://global.vcu.edu/IEW/.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016: Students of the Violence Against Women course, the Department of Sociology and the Wellness Resource Center invite the VCU community to participate in the Gender-Based Violence Resource Expo in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons I-II from 10:00am - 2:00pm. More than 15 agencies from the Richmond-area will be in attendance to offer information about the tools and resources available in the community. For more information, contact Diana G. Cutchin at myoptions@vcu.edu.

Thursday, November 17 - Sunday, November 20, 2016: Compelled to counter the the divisiveness, negativity and bigotry of our country’s national political conversation, VCU’s Department of Psychology, Division for Inclusive Excellence, and Partnership for People with Disabilities, are partnering to launch UNITY, a public interactive art project outside of the James Branch Cabell Library at VCU's Monroe Park campus from 9:00am - 5:00pm daily. This 4-day event is FREE and open to the public.  Volunteer here. Learn more about the project here. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016: 2016 under the direction of Dr. Bernard Moitt and with support from the VCU Department of History welcome Dr. Caroline Emmons presenting a lecture entitled, A Tremendous Job to be Done: African American Women in the Virginia Civil Rights Movement, 4pm at the VCU Student Commons Theater. The event is free and open to the public, for more information email, rileybe@vcu.edu.

Thursday, November 17, 2016: Trans Lives Matter: A panel celebrating the lives of trans individuals at 7:30pm in the VCU Commons Theatre. For more information please take a look the ‌Trans Lives Matter flyer and a list of events from SAVES Fall Events.

Friday, November 18, 2016: Black Art Student Empowerment at VCU presents its second annual showcase, "B(l)ack by Popular Demand" at The Depot. The gallery will begin at noon, followed by performances by 7 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a night filled with artwork and performances by both VCU students and artists within the Richmond community. Food will be catered by Jamaica House. For more information, contact Benjamin Harrell at harrellbj@vcu.edu or (757) 390-0023. 

Friday, November 18, 2016: The Sikh Student Association invites the VCU community to its Langar event, where the Sikh tradition of Langar, or community kitchen, will be practiced on the Commons Plaza from 12:00pm - 4:00pm. Participants will enjoy free traditional Punjabi food and try on a turban while learning more about the Sikh faith and interacting with the Sikh community at VCU. For more information, contact Gurjas Bajaj at bajajgs2@vcu.edu or (804) 286-2081.

Friday, November 18, 2016: BAPS Campus Fellowship at VCU explores the deep-rooted origins, sentiments and meanings of Diwali in the T. Edward Temple Building, Room 1164 from 7:00pm - 9:30pm. Participants will celebrate aspects of the festival of lights in a comfortable and enjoyable environment through traditional music, inspirational guest speeches and food. To R.S.V.P., visit the website below. For more information, contact Raj Patel at patelrh4@vcu.edu or visithttp://kishore.na.baps.org/campusdiwali/.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016: 2016 Alexandrian Society under the direction of Dr. Bernard Moitt with the support from the VCU Department of History, the Blake Speakers Series in the History of Christianity, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and the Division for Inclusive Excellence present Dr. Maboula Soumahoro discussing France in the 21st Century: Christianity, Islam and Race in a Secular, Colorblind Society, 3-4 pm at the VCU Student Commons Forum Room. The event is free and open to the public, for more information see France in the 21st Century

Wednesday, November 23, 2016: United2Heal collects gently-used or new clothes from now until Friday, Dec. 2. All donations will be sent to Syria to prepare Syrians for the cold months to come. Bins will be located in the University Student Commons: across from the P.O.D.; next to the information desk; next to the James River Terrace; across from the VCU Career Services office; and across from the vending machine on the second floor. For more information, contact Irma Nalic atnalici@vcu.edu or (434) 760-2253.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016: VCU Jazz Orchestra II seeks Spanish-singing vocalists for the "Salsa for Social Change" concert on March 21, at 8 p.m. featuring seven-time Grammy-nominated John Santos in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. Audio demos will be provided in December and some rehearsal with the band on a given Tuesday or Thursday within 4:40-6:30 p.m. in February/March. Rehearsal with the guest will take place on March 19, from 8:30-10 p.m. Sound check will be on March 21, at 4:45 p.m., followed by the concert at 8 p.m. This concert is part of VCUarts Inclusion Infusion Initiative. For more information, contact Antonio Garcia at ajgarcia@vcu.edu.

Monday, November 28, 2016: Listening Sessions for VCU's next strategic plan are taking place from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Larrick Student Center, Court End Ballroom. To register for one of these sessions, visit http://quest.vcu.edu/new. These Listening Sessions are your opportunity to share your vision for VCU’s future. Session participants will engage in moderated conversations to share opportunities and concerns related to VCU’s path ahead. At the heart of these sessions is a desire to hear from all segments of this great university so that we can collectively join forces toward making our dreams for VCU a reality. We will report out in December to the VCU community about what we heard in these sessions. For more information, contact Shannon Cribbs at smcribbs@vcu.edu or visit http://quest.vcu.edu/new.

Tuesday, November 29 and Wednesday, November 30 (two day event): Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) is providing a diversity workshop designed to give participants the knowledge and tools necessary for creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment. Will be held from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm both days in the VCU Student Commons (Richmond Salons I, II, III). Register here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016:  The Office of Student Experience hosts Preparing for Private Practice: Tips for Getting Started as the final installment of 2016 of their Success Seminar Series for students, 12-12:45pm at the Kontos building on MCV Campus Room 104-105. For more information, see: Preparing for Private Practice

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December events: 

Thursday, December 1, 2016: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Residential Life & Housing hosts the 2nd Annual Social Justice Student Conference which is designed to create an open dialogue about social justice issues that plague the world we live in and to get students of all backgrounds involved in producing a working solution that can be carried back to their role at the institution. This event will be 10:00-4:00pm at VCU Student Commons, Commons Theatre and follow in the Richmond Salons. To register a proposal for the conference use this link. For more information, please contact Ashley Gaddy at abgaddy@vcu.edu or 804-828-3393. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016: Please join us on Thursday, Dec. 1st for the Fairfield Middle School (FMS) Social Justice Showcase featuring visual art, spoken and written word, and performing art exhibitions created and performed by our students!  This event will highlight social justice issues important to our students and our community and the exhibits have been created in partnership with VCU graduate students in the School of Education. Admission is FREE and the entire community is welcome. The event is from 6:30-7:30 in the FMS Gym located at 5121 Nine Mile Road. Please see FMS-Social Justice Showcase flyer for more information.

Thursday, December 1, 2016: Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) is providing a diversity workshop designed to give participants the knowledge and tools necessary for creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment. Will be held from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm in Founders Hall. Register here.

Friday, December 2, 2016: Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) is providing a diversity workshop designed to give participants the knowledge and tools necessary for creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment. Will be held from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm in Founders Hall. Register here

Friday, December 2, 2016: Muslim Students Association presents a Be the Match registry drive at the University Student Commons concession stand. Participants can provide hope to thousands of leukemia, lymphoma, blood cancer and many other patients waiting for a bone marrow transplant by signing up to be on the bone marrow registry. This event will be heomd from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. For more information, contact Cress Miller atcrmiller2@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6348 or visit http://bit.ly/2gaGocw.

Monday, December 5, 2016: This Safe Zone training is a 2-hour diversity workshop designed to raise awareness about LGBTQ issues and create a more welcoming and inclusive environment at VCU. Will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in VCU Student Commons (Forum room). Register here

Tuesday, December 6, 2016: The Student Leadership and Involvement Center (SLIC) presents the "Lunch 'N Lead" series in the University Student Commons, Alumni Board Room from noon to 1:00pm. These free one-hour lunchtime leadership workshops encourage students to explore their leadership potential. The workshops are open to any current VCU student and include a free lunch. Space is limited to 20 participants, and registration is required. For more information, contact Kaitlin Griffith atkgriffith@vcu.edu or (804) 828-4392 or visithttps://vcu.collegiatelink.net/organization/slic/calendar/details/978110.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016: The Global Education Office invites the VCU community to its monthly Global Café in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons from 12:30pm - 2:00pm. This event is an opportunity for international and American students, faculty, staff and community visitors to meet and discuss a wide range of topics in a casual setting. The Global Café is a drop-in event, please come and go as your schedule permits. For more information, contact Nichole George at georgenl@vcu.edu or visit http://www.global.vcu.edu/students/community/globalcafe/.

Thursday, December 8 and Friday, December 9 (two day event): Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) is providing a diversity workshop designed to give participants the knowledge and tools necessary for creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment. Will be held from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (both days). Note: this workshop is now full. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please contact the Division for Inclusive Excellence at the following number: (804)-828-8947

Friday, December 9, 2016: Strategic Enrollment Management presents "First-Gen Fridays" in West Grace Street Student Housing-South, Room 1004a from 3:00pm - 4:00pm, for students, faculty and staff who will be or were the first in their family to graduate from college. This month's topic is "Mindfulness and Artfulness" in preparation for final exams. "First-Gen Fridays" is for first-generation college students to meet one another and to meet faculty and staff who are also first-gen. Participants can meet each month to network and learn about resources designed for student success. For more information, contact Elizabeth Bambacus at bambacuses@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3927 or visit http://nsfp.vcu.edu/events/first-gen-fridays/.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016: The Women and Wellness Forum Series partners with Massey Cancer Center to offer a series of four educational workshops on women's cancers from September to December 2016. The series continues with "Coping with Ovarian Cancer," presented by Whitney Burton, LCSW, clinical social worker, VCU Massey Cancer Center, at Massey Cancer Center at Stony Point, 9000 Stony Point Parkway, Lois E. Trani Library. Sessions are open to all patients, survivors and caregivers. R.S.V.P. to the contact below. For more information, contact Heather Martin at martinhj@vcu.edu or visithttp://massey.vcu.edu/women&wellness. This session will be held from 4:00pm - 5:30pm.

 

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January events:

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - Sunday, January 22, 2017:  A School Supply Drive to benefit Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School will occur throughout the celebration week at all events.  The Book Collection Drive, a collection of new or lightly used books to benefit the school will occur throughout the celebration week as well. Books should be age appropriate for 10 to 15 years old readers.  Collection locations at the Monroe Park Campus:  School of Business Career Services (Suite B1102), and at the Unicversoity Student Commons:  The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) in Suite 205; the Career Center (Suite 143) and Information Desk (first floor lobby).  At the MCV Campus:  The Larrick Student Center Information Desk (lobby) and Hunton Student Center - Dean's Office (second floor).  Additional information.

Friday, January 6, 2017: The Office of Disability Support Services presents its first DSS Mini-Conference in the Commons Theater. The VCU community is invited to attend one or all of the following sessions: Disabilities at VCU from 1-1:55 p.m.; Everyday Free/Low Cost Assistive Technology for Everyday Success from 2-2:55 p.m.; Supporting Students While Maintaining Self-Care: No Your Limits from 3-3:55 p.m.; and Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders from 4-4:55 p.m. For more information, contact Ian Kunkes at ibkunkes@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2253 or visit https://students.vcu.edu/dss/.

Monday, January 9, 2017: The Wilder School will host a Graduate Information session on Monday, January 9th, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Richmond Salons of the Student Commons, lunch will be provided. Please see The Wilder School will host a Graduate Information session flyer for more information.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017: The Office of Faculty Affairs invites you and your faculty colleagues to attend a workshop, Unconscious Bias in the Classroom.  The workshop will be led by guest speaker Leslie Traub and will focus on how these unconscious or implicit biases manifest in educational settings, particularly with respect to the expectations of teachers and students. This event will be held from 2:00pm - 4:00pm in Hibbs Hall, Room 203.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017: Campus Climate Discussion. Research on diversity and student success in higher education has identified campus climate as a critical framework for understanding why not all students thrive equally even with access to the same educational opportunities. This session is designed to bring students, faculty and staff together to discuss the current VCU campus climate. Campus climate includes but is not limited to: institutional history, policies, and structures, perceptions and attitudes of the campus community. This conversation will focus on exploring ways to support the most marginalized members of our community. This session will be held in the Virginia Rooms, University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus starting at noon.
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs shows clips from "Brother Outsider," the documentary highlighting the contributions of Bayard Rustin to the Civil Rights Movement, in the Commons Theater at noon. In addition, guests will discuss the overall impact of the LGBTQIA+ community during the Civil Rights Movement. For more information, contact MLK Planning Committee at MLKDay@vcu.edu.
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017: The National LGBTQ Task Force sponsors and organizes the Creating Change Conference, the pre-eminent political, leadership, and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ social justice movement.  Since 1988, Creating Change has created the opportunity for people to develop and hone their skills, celebrate victories, build community, and to be inspired by visionaries of the LGBTQ movement and allied movements for justice and equality.  The conference will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel in Philadelphia, PA, January 18–22, 2017. If you are interested, please complete the application here: https://goo.gl/forms/knMidmRtmzeSyWVL2.  For more information contact Camilla Hill in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs: omsa.vcu.edu and visit the Creating Change website: www.creatingchange.org/.
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017: MLK Keynote Speaker. Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D., author, media personality and Morehouse College professor, will deliver a keynote address on race, politics and social justice. This event will be held in the Commonwealth Ballroom, University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus starting at 7:00pm. Visit http://mlkday.vcu.edu/ for more details.
 
Thursday, January 19, 2017: Looking for Home: Experiences of housing insecurity in greater Richmond. This forum offers an opportunity to consider how "home" and "homelessness" are part of the lived experience in our campus neighborhood and surrounding community.  Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and concerns around homelessness to the forum in an effort to better understand the personal, community and structural concerns we encounter as our campus community responds to those living unhoused or in unstable housing.  Susan Sekerke from Daily Planet and Sarah Kye Price from VCU's School of Social Work will be available to facilitate the conversation and describe resources, supports and experiences from social service providers, faith communities, and personal conversations with people experiencing homelessness. This event will be held in the ASPiRE Building (W. Grace St. Residence Hall - South), 835 W. Grace St., Monroe Park Campus from 4:00pm - 5:30pm.
 
Thursday, January 19, 2017: Black Art Student Empowerment, Good Clear Sound and Tuesday Verses present an evening of spoken word, food, entertainment and painting in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons from 6:00pm - 9:30pm. There are 30 spots open for painting. Must be registered to participate. For more information, contact Benjamin Harrell at harrellbj@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.collegiatelink.net/organization/base/calendar/details/1159495#.WH2MwFAr6Ck.email.
 
Saturday, January 21, 2017: The MLK Planning Committee invites VCU faculty, staff and students to volunteer in a day of service to benefit several Richmond community nonprofits, and later return for lunch and discussion on the impact of community service from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Lunch and free T-shirts will be provided. Participants must register online at RamsConnect: https://vcu.collegiatelink.net/ For more information, contact MLK Planning Committee at MLKDay@vcu.edu or visit http://mlkday.vcu.edu.
 
Sunday, January 22, 2017: MLK Community Dinner. VCU and Richmond community members will enjoy performances, remarks from Latonya Waller, VCU alumna and principal of T. C. Boushall Middle School, and engage in community conversations. This event will be held in the Commonwealth Ballroom, University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus at 4:00pm.
 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017: Safe Zone Workshop at 1:00pm on the MCV Campus. A 2-hour diversity workshop to raise awareness about LGBTQ issues and create a more welcoming and inclusive environment at VCU. This workshop is an outreach program of University Counseling Services and part of a national program. Participants will receive a VCU Safe Zone sticker or magnet. More info at http://www.students.vcu.edu/counseling/safe-zone/ Contact Jan Altman, Phd, VCU Safe Zone Coordinator, with any questions at jhaltman@vcu.edu. 
 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017: The Nepalese Student Association at VCU holds an interest meeting in the University Student Commons, Virginia Room A from 8:30pm - 9:30pm. Attendees will learn about the organization and membership will be highlighted. For more information, contact Pranav Panta at pantap@vcu.edu or visithttps://vcu.collegiatelink.net/organization/nepalesestudentassociation.
 
Wednesday, Janaury 25, 2017: Brian Daugherity, Assistant Professor of History, will talk about his new book, Keep on Keeping On: The NAACP and the Implementation of Brown v. Board of Education in Virginia. This event will be held in Cabell Library in the Multipurpose Room on the Second Floor, Room 250 at 7:00pm. For more information, please see the Daugherity Poster here.
 
Wednesday, Janaury 25, 2017: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs hosts the first Queer and Trans People of Color Student Collective meeting of the semester in the University Student Commons, OMSA Office, Suite 215 at 5:30pm. This group is for all LGBTQ+ identified students of color to socialize, organize and network with each other. For more information, contact Jelani Drew atdrewjm@vcu.edu.
 
Thursday, January 26, 2017: Join VCU President Michael Rao for the State of the University Address at 11:00 a.m. at the James Branch Cabell Library Lecture Hall, Room 303.  Conversation will include how VCU is tackling the confounding social and cultural issues of our time through education, innovation, creativity, service and care. Seating is limited, please RSVP by January 24, 2017.  For special accommodations, contact Arianne Dowdell at (804) 828-8851.
 
Friday, Jan. 27, 2017:  NAACP at VCU presents "Unapologetically Black,” 5-8pm, in the University Student Commons, Alumni Board Room. This is the final part of the series presented by Zoe Spencer, Ph.D., from Virginia State University. For details, email naacpvcu@gmail.com, or contact Keiona Moore at Moorekf@mymail.vcu.edu.
 
Friday, January 27, 2017: The Muslim Student Association hosts a get-together for sisters on campus at 1200 W. Marshall Street from 7:00pm - 11:00pm. Those outside the faith are more than welcome to join the event. For more information, contact Mohammad Abdul Ahad Khan at khanma7@vcu.edu or (434) 203-1064.
 
Friday, January 27 & Saturday, January 28, 2017: Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) is providing a diversity workshop for students designed to give participants the knowledge and tools necessary for creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment. This event will be held from 4:00pm -8:30pm in Grace and Broad Residence Center, Building 1, Room 1112 (1000 West Grace Street). Register here
 
Monday, January 30, 2017: The Asian and Pacific Student Alliance holds its first general body meeting of the semester in the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms C-D from 8:00pm - 9:00pm. The Asian and Pacific Student Alliance is an activist organization that focuses on amplifying Asian and Pacific Islander voices and issues within the community. Attendees will learn more about the organization and listen to the first dialogue. For more information, contact Brandon Duong atduongbn@vcu.edu or (571) 439-0964.
 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs invites students to join its Women of Color Discussion Group. This group meets every other Tuesday from 3-4 p.m. in the University Student Commons, Shockoe Room. This group provides a safe space in which to discuss topics relevant to female students of color. For more information, contact Jenae Harrington atjdharrington@vcu.edu or visit http://omsa.vcu.edu .
 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017: The Latino Student Association at VCU holds its first general body meeting in West Grace Street Student Housing-North, Room 1030J at 7:00pm. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Alessandra Pena at penaamezquiav@vcu.edu.
 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017: Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. hosts a multicultural event about colorism in the University Student Commons, Virginia Room A from 9:00pm - 10:15pm. Participants will learn about the similarities/differences of colorism in the United States and Brazil. For more information, contact Chanel Smithson at smithsoncd@vcu.edu.
February +

February events.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017: The Division for Inclusive Excellence presents: Latinx Spring Bienvenida at VCU. This event is an opportunity to socialize and network with members of VCU's Latinx community. Latinx Spring Bienvenida is open to all students, faculty, and staff. Food and soft drinks will be available. Please contact Anita Nadal for further information at nadalaa@vcu.edu. Please view the Latinx Spring Bienvenida flyer for this event.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs invites students to join its Men of Color Discussion Group from 3:00pm - 4:00pm. This group meets every other Wednesday from 3:00pm - 4:00pm. in the University Student Commons, Metro Room. This group provides a safe space in which to discuss topics relevant to male students of color. For more information, contact Fletcher Ferguson at fjferguson@vcu.edu or visit http://omsa.vcu.edu.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) invites the VCU community to its inaugural Black History Month kickoff at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, 122 W. Leigh St from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. The event will include song performances, a stepping performance by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and Virginia Union University's Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated and a keynote speech by Zoe Spencer, Ph.D. For more information, contact Reggie Stroble at rlstroble@vcu.edu or (804) 828-4457 or visit http://omsa@vcu.edu.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017: The Humanities Research Center and the Department of Englis proudly present: Is Shakespeare Beyond Race lecture led by Ayanna Thompson, Professor of English at George Washington University. This event will be held in Cabell Library Lecture Hall (901 Park Avenue) at 4:00pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. Please contact The College of Humanities and Sciences if you have any questions at thecollege@vcu.edu.

Thursday, February 2, 2017: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs invites students to join its LGBTQ+ Discussion Group. This group meets every Thursday from 5-6 p.m. in the University Student Commons, Metro Room. This group serves as a safe space for all LGBTQ+ students to discuss topics that are related to them. For more information, contact Jelani Drew at drewjm@vcu.edu.

Thursday, February 2, 2017: AMENA support and discussion group. Open to individuals of all religious backgrounds of Arab, Middle Eastern, and/or North African (AMENA) descent. Possible topics include: personal concerns, interpersonal & dating relationships, cultural/ethnic identity and being an AMENA person on a predominately White campus during a time of heightened media attention and stigma towards Middle Eastern groups. If interested in joining this group please contact Engin Ege (eege@vcu.edu804-828-3964). The group will meet Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m.

Friday, February 3, 2017: The Muslim Students Association at VCU holds its first Friday Halaqah of the year in Harris Hall, Room 2129 at 6:00pm. This Islamic lecture will be led by Hamdi Abdeen, VCU alumni, and will be an introduction to understanding the Quran and Aqeedah. For more information, contact Tasneem Daud at daudt@vcu.edu.

Friday, February 3, 2017: VCU Jazz Orchestra I and II holds a "Jazz for Justice" concert in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall featuring the Commonwealth Singers, poet and retired Virginia Supreme Court Justice John Charles Thomas, and guest conductor and NBC12 weathercaster Andrew Freiden at 8:00pm. A reception will precede. Admission is $30 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Proceeds will assist pro bono services and VCU Jazz scholarships. For tickets, visit the website below. For more information, contact Antonio Garcia at ajgarcia@vcu.edu or visithttp://www.grbf.org/j4jtickets2017.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017: Anti-Blackness in the Latinx Community: Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society presents "Anti-Blackness in the Latinx Community" in the University Student Commons, Virginia Room C-D from 6:00pm-8:00pm. For more information, contact Saira Ramos at ramossi@vcu.edu.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017: The President's Forum on Social Justice is taking place on ​Tuesday, February 7th from 6:30pm - 8:30 pm in the Baruch Auditorium, Egyptian Building (MCV Campus).

Wednesday, February 8, 2017: The President's Forum on Social Justice is taking place on Wednesday, February 8th from 8:30am - 10:30 am in the Commons Theater, Student Commons.  

Wednesday, February 8, 2017: Initiatives of Change, Hope in the Cities presents a Trustbuilding Breakfast Forum: Journey to Equity with keynote speaker, Reverend Alvin Herring, Director of Racial Equity and Community Engagement for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Location is the University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center, 49 Crenshaw Way, Richmond, VA.  This event is free, and advance registration is required by February 3: registration link. For more information, see: Journey to Equity.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017: African American Studies and the Department of Painting and Printmaking present "The Black Artist in Perspective: Aniekan Udofia" at The Depot. Attendees will join ​Aneikan​ for a conversation about painting, the constraints of the black artist and slaying your dragons at 4:00pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, contact Chioke I'Anson at caianson@vcu.edu.

Friday, February 10, 2017: VCU School of Medicine Health Disparities Roundtables Series - Free annual training! Hands-Only CPR with the Richmond Ambulance Authority. This event will be held at the VCU Larrick Student Center, located at 900 Turpin Street in the Jackson Ward Conference Room from 12pm-lpm. For more information, see:  Health Disparities Roundtable flyer.

Friday, February 10, 2017: Muslim Students Association: Aqeedah and The Quran: The Muslim Students Association at VCU holds its first Friday Halaqah of the year in Harris Hall, Room 2129 at 6:00pm. This Islamic lecture will be led by Hamdi Abdeen, VCU alumni, and will be an introduction to understanding the Quran and Aqeedah. This class has been rescheduled due to last week's cancellation. For more information, contact Tasneem Daud at daudt@vcu.edu.

Friday, February 10, 2017: COBE supports a new student group, 7 Cups @ VCU, an online and in-person platform which works to make VCU a safer and more caring, inclusive place for all Rams. Two tea and pizza information sessions will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m., both at The Wellness Resource Center, Second Floor. For more information, contact Hannah Easop at easophm@vcu.edu.

Monday, February 13, 2017: COBE supports a new student group, 7 Cups @ VCU, an online and in-person platform which works to make VCU a safer and more caring, inclusive place for all Rams. Two tea and pizza information sessions will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m., both at The Wellness Resource Center, Second Floor. For more information, contact Hannah Easop at easophm@vcu.edu.

Monday, February 13, 2017: NAACP at VCU holds a Founder's Day Dinner in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons I-IV from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. The celebration of the organization's foundation will embody the bold and diverse history while celebrating its accomplishments throughout the years. For details, visit naacpvcu@gmail.com For more information, contact Keiona Moore at Moorekf@mymail.vcu.edu.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017: The Department of African American Studies hosts its annual "Black History in the Making" ceremony at The Depot from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. The "Black History in the Making" award is given to students who have been identified by their departments as being stellar achievers. Recipients will be honored at the ceremony, which will be followed by a reception. For more information, contact Dae Newman at newmanad@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1371.

Thursday, February 16, 2017: The VCUarts Inclusive Infusion Initiative presents the VCU Jazz Orchestra ll with baritone sax/flute guest Claire Daly at 8:00pm.This event will be located at the Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center (922 Park Avenue.) Admission is $7 in advance, $10 at the door; free with VCU student ID. Please contact Antonio Garcia for more information at ajgarcia@vcu.edu.

Thursday, February 16, 2017: The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice holds a discussion on the documentary "13th" by Ava DuVernay in the University Student Commons, Forum Room from 7:30pm - 9:00pm. For more information, contact Lauren Waller at wallerlp@vcu.edu or (202) 300-7749.

Thursday, February 16-17, 2017: Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) is providing a diversity workshop designed to give participants the knowledge and tools necessary for creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment. This event will be held from 8:30am - 4:30pm on both days in Grace and Broad Residence Center, Building 1, Room 1112 (1000 West Grace Street). Register here

Friday, February 17, 2017: The Association of Black Social Workers presents "Black Love Matters" in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom B from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. The event will feature guest speakers Jessica Gaddy, M.S.W., founder of Nia Noire Wellness for Women of Color, alongside Frank Brown, Jr., relationship and life coach, and poetry performed by Kia Jordan. Dinner will be served and tickets are $5. For more information, contact Angel Howard at Howardaf@vcu.edu or (804) 592-7678 or visit http://www.BlackLoveMattersVCU.eventbrite.com.

Sunday, February 19, 2017: In collaboration with Richmond Peace Education Center, University College's Common Book Program presents Generation Dream 2017, showcasing performances by middle, high school and college students, inspired by the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Grace Street Theater from 3:30pm - 6:00pm. Free and open to the public. Donations to the Richmond Peace Education Center are encouraged. For more information, contact Micol Hutchison at mvhutchison@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1110 or visit http://commonbook.vcu.edu.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017: The VCUarts Inclusive Infusion Initiative presents a concert by The Langston Hughes Project/Dr. Ron Curdy at 8:00pm. This event will be located at the Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center (922 Park Avenue.) Admission is free. Please contact Antonio Garcia for more information at ajgarcia@vcu.edu.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017: The Honors Student Executive Board Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Committee will be holding a special forum on issues and support for people of color within the Honors College. The forum will take place on Tuesday, February 21st, from 8-9 PM, location TBA. Please contact Elise Ketch at ketchem@mymail.vcu.edu for more information.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017: The Wellness Resource Center and Office of Multicultural Student Affairs host a screening of "Pariah" followed by a panel discussion in the University Student Commons, Forum Room, in honor of Black History Month from 7:30pm - 9:30pm. The intersectionality of race, sexuality and gender expression will be highlighted through the screening. The movie shares the perspective of a lesbian woman of color. A panel discussion with LGBTQIA+ people of color will follow the screening. Snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Marieka Turner atmyoptions@vcu.edu .

Wednesday, February 22, 2017: Safe Zone Workshop at 11:00am on the Monroe Park Campus. A 2-hour diversity workshop to raise awareness about LGBTQ issues and create a more welcoming and inclusive environment at VCU. This workshop is an outreach program of University Counseling Services and part of a national program. Participants will receive a VCU Safe Zone sticker or magnet. More info at http://www.students.vcu.edu/counseling/safe-zone/ Contact Jan Altman, Phd, VCU Safe Zone Coordinator, with any questions at jhaltman@vcu.edu.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017: Tressie Cottom, Assistant Professor of Sociology, will talk about her new book, Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy in Cabell Library, Room 250 at 7:00pm. Please view the Cottom Poster for this event here.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017: Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society presents a "PLUMAS Discussion Series: Cultural Appropriation in the Latinx Community" in the University Student Commons, Virginia Room A at 8:00pm. For more information, contact Saira Ramos at ramossi@vcu.edu.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017: Intercultural Festival invites the VCU community to celebrate the different countries and cultures of South Asia in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Participants will enjoy henna and free food. For more information, contact Ume Farwa at farwau@vcu.edu or visit http://icfvcu.com.

Thursday, February 23-24, 2017: Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) is providing a diversity workshop designed to give participants the knowledge and tools necessary for creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment. This event will be held from 8:30am - 4:30pm on both days in the Larrick Student Center in the James River Conference Room. Register here

Friday, February 24, 2017: The Muslim Student Association seeks volunteers to help make meals for the homeless at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 8 N. Laurel St from 10:30am - 1:15pm. For more information, contact Anam Shah at shahaf2@vcu.edu.

Friday, February 24, 2017: The School of World Studies Religious Studies Program presents "Under the Hijab and the Kippah: Muslims and Jews in a Divided America," a Religious Studies faculty panel discussion, in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 2201 at 3:00pm. The panel will feature Samaneh Oladi, assistant professor of Islam; David Weinfeld, assistant professor of Judaic Studies; and Jon Waybright, instructor and School of World Studies director of internships. For more information, contact Isabelle Richman at ikrichman@vcu.edu or visit http://worldstudies.vcu.edu.

Friday, February 24, 2017: The School of World Studies Anthropology Program hosts its Spring 2017 Anthropology Speaker Series featuring Michelle Taylor discussing "Historical Preservation of the Enslaved Community at Jame Madison's Montpelier: Tracing Ancestral Roots with Public Archaeology and 3D Printing" in the Commons Theater at 3:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Christopher Brooks at cabrooks@vcu.edu.

Friday, February 24, 2017: The Activities Programming Board presents a screening of "The Gabby Douglas Story" at 7 p.m. and "Girl, Interrupted" at 9:30 p.m. in the Commons Theater. Movies will also be shown on Saturday, Feb. 25, with "The Gabby Douglas Story" starting at 7 p.m. and "Girl, Interrupted" at 9:30 p.m. in the Commons Theater. For more information, contact Activities Programming Board at apb@vcu.edu.

Friday, February 24, 2017: Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences hosts a webcast of the UNC Minority Health Conference William T. Small, Jr. keynote in Room 2010 from 2:00pm - 3:30pm. The theme for the conference is "Systems of Power: Recalling Our Past, Restructuring Our Future." The webcast will stream the recorded keynote address by Chandra Ford, Ph.D., followed by a live question-and-answer session with the keynote speaker. For more information, contact Thelma Mack at mackta@vcu.edu or visit http://events.vcu.edu/details.asp?myVal=65529.

Friday, February 24, 2017: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs presents Angela Davis, an activist on behalf of women's rights, racial justice and prisoners' rights since the 1960s, delivering a lecture in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom from 5:00pm - 6:00pm. Davis will address the current racial, political and economic climate, in addition to her own perspective as an activist and scholar. Tickets for the in-person lecture are completely sold out, but tickets are available to attend a live stream of her lecture in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 1107. Live stream tickets are free and are available in the OMSA office, University Student Commons, Suite 215, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact David Brown at omsa@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6672 or visit http://omsa.vcu.edu.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017: The Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies in partnership with these co-sponsore The Humanities Research Center and the Department of Dance and Choreography present: The Faminist Racial Justice Projectof Queer Brown Voices. Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology and faculty in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Progean at American University. This event is free and open to the public and will be located at 934 West Grace Street. Download the flyer for the Queer Brown Voices event here.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017: The School of World Studies International Studies Program presents a teach-in in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 2201 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, examining the plight of Syrian refugees from two philosophical paradigms - one of Immanuel Kant’s "Perpetual Peace" and the concept of "Hospitality"; and second through the intersectionality of Michel Foucault’s biopolitics of "Live and Let Die." The discussion is part of research on the persecution of homosexuals, the enslavement of Yazidi women, the plight of Syrian refugees and the trafficking of vulnerable persons. This was made possible by research grants from VCU’s Humanities Research Center and Global Education Office. For more information, contact Mayda Topoushian at mtopoushian@vcu.edu.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017: Learn to Dance Salsa Workshop. Muévelo, Latin dance at VCU, hosts its "Learn to Dance Salsa" workshop in West Grace Street Student Housing-North, Room 1030J from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. Participants will learn some new moves while having fun. No experience is required. For more information, contact Sarah Metzel at metzelsl@vcu.edu.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017: Film Screening: 'Cries from Syria' - In partnership with the International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville and Richmond, VCU hosts an exclusive pre-screening of the HBO documentary, "Cries from Syria," in the Harris Hall Auditorium. This film focuses on child protesters, revolution icons, activists and high-ranking Army generals who defected to join the fight of the people. It tells the story of the Syrian people who have never lost hope. Participants will also hear from a Syrian family who has resettled in Richmond. For more information, contact Barbara Ingber at ingberbm@vcu.edu .

March +

March events: 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017: Alpha Kappa Delta Phi and its fellow Joint Asian Organizations (JAO) present the annual "Passport to Asia" event in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Attendees will explore different Asian cultures and enjoy a variety of free food, performances, games and prizes. Featuring special demos by aKDPhi at VCU, John Kang Acupuncture, Vietnamese Student Association, Wushu Club at VCU, Blank Canvas, LiNK, Rhythm & Rhyme at VCU, RamJUDO, and FACT at VCU. For more information, contact Erlyn Gammad at gammadejs@mymail.vcu.edu.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017: The Global Education Office invites the VCU community to the Global Cafe in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons I-II at 12:30pm. This month's cafe will feature Arab culture and food. This is a casual, drop-in event. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Nichole George at georgenl@vcu.edu.

Thursday, March 2, 2017: Safe Zone Workshop at 1:00pm on the Monroe Park Campus. A 2-hour diversity workshop to raise awareness about LGBTQ issues and create a more welcoming and inclusive environment at VCU. This workshop is an outreach program of University Counseling Services and part of a national program. Participants will receive a VCU Safe Zone sticker or magnet. More info at http://www.students.vcu.edu/counseling/safe-zone/ Contact Jan Altman, Phd, VCU Safe Zone Coordinator, with any questions at jhaltman@vcu.edu.

Friday, March 3, 2017: Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN) - 2017 Encuentro is an annual conference fostering conversations on issues affecting the Hispanic/Latinx communities, and networking opportunity for Latinx professionals and college students. Free for members of the VCU community, please register online at http://valhen.org/event/encuentro-2017-vcu/

Wednesday, March 8, 2017: Staff Senate presents its fourth annual professional development conference, "Discover the Greatness in You," from March 8-9 in the University Student Commons from 7:15am - 4:30pm. This full-day conference will be offered on two days so employees can choose which day works best for their schedule. This year's conference will feature two renowned keynote speakers who will lead discussions on important workplace issues such as productivity, motivation and the importance of diversity and civility. Breakout sessions will also be offered. For the full agenda and to register, visit the website below. For more information, contact Staff Senate at staffsenate@vcu.edu or visit https://staffsenate.vcu.edu/conference/.

Monday, March 13, 2017: In honor of Women's History Month, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, University Counseling Services and the Muslim Student Association present "Celebrating Women in Islam: Portraits of Extraordinary Women and Personal Narratives" in the University Student Commons, Room 215 at 6:00pm. VCU students who identify as Muslim will highlight exceptional Muslim women in history, as well as share their personal stories as women within Islam. For more information, contact Engin Ege at eege@vcu.edu.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017: The Center on Health Disparities asked the makers of NVivo, QSR International, to provide a walkthrough of their latest research tool for organizing, analyzing, and finding insights in qualitative data. All are welcome to this free webinar opportunity. To join this webinar, please register now at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4995874452838132995. For more information, please contact Alisa Brewer at alisa.brewer@vcuhealth.org

Tuesday, March 14, 2017: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Girls For A Change local chapter, Camp Diva, Department of African American Studies, VCUarts and Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. sponsor a Women's History Month presentation by Roxanne Shanté in the T. Edward Temple Building, Room 1169 at 6:30pm. Shanté (born Lolita Shanté Gooden) is a hip hop legend. Her song "Roxanne’s Revenge" was ranked number 42 on VH1’s "100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs." For more information, contact Reginald Stroble at rlstroble@vcu.edu or (804) 874-9714.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, in partnership with the Global Education Office, present "Oh the Places You'll Go: A Black Student's Guide to Study Abroad" in the University Student Commons, Forum Room at 8:00pm. Participants will learn about the experiences of black students who have gone abroad, as well as how to go abroad themselves. For more information, contact Alexis Briggs at briggsas@vcu.edu.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017: VCUarts' mOb is creating a majlis - a community viewing environment - in which to watch the live stream of events from Tasmeem Doha 2017. Tasmeem is VCUarts and VCUQatar's international art and design conference. President Rao will open the Student/Faculty Exhibition at 11 a.m. The VCU community can watch live streams of the conference events and interact with students, faculty and speakers through the portal to Doha beginning at 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.For more event information, visit the VCUarts calendar and search "Tasmeem." For more information, contact John Freyer at jdfreyer@vcu.edu or visit https://arts.vcu.edu/tasmeem-doha-2017-analogue-living-digital-world/.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017: VCU Parking and Transportation will be hosting our next round of Parking and Transportation forums on the Monroe Park and MCV campuses in the coming weeks. During these events, they will present information regarding upcoming changes, improvements and more. The first forum will be held on the Monroe Park Campus on Wednesday, March 15, from 11 am- 12 pm, inside of the University Student Commons Theater. Please note, the Monroe Park Campus parking office, located at 1108-A West Broad Street, will temporarily close from 10am- 1pm on Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16.  The MCV Campus parking office, located at 659 N. 8th Street, will remain open on these dates. In the event you cannot make these dates, we will post the presentation as well as a transcript of the questions and answers on our website, here: http://www.parking.vcu.edu/news-and-alerts/forums. If you have any additional questions, please contact customer service at 828-PARK (7275).

Thurday, March 16, 2017: VCU Parking and Transportation will be hosting our next round of Parking and Transportation forums on the Monroe Park and MCV campuses in the coming weeks. During these events, they will present information regarding upcoming changes, improvements and more. The MCV Campus forum will take place on Thursday, March 16, from 11am- 12pm, inside of the George Ben Johnston Auditorium. Please note, the Monroe Park Campus parking office, located at 1108-A West Broad Street, will temporarily close from 10am- 1pm on Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16.  The MCV Campus parking office, located at 659 N. 8th Street, will remain open on these dates. In the event you cannot make these dates, we will post the presentation as well as a transcript of the questions and answers on our website, here: http://www.parking.vcu.edu/news-and-alerts/forums. If you have any additional questions, please contact customer service at 828-PARK (7275).

Thursday, March 16, 2017: VCUarts' mOb is creating a majlis - a community viewing environment - in which to watch the live stream of events from Tasmeem Doha 2017 from 7:30am - 8:00pm. Tasmeem is VCUarts and VCUQatar's international art and design conference. The VCU community can watch live streams of the conference events and interact with students, faculty and speakers through the portal to Doha beginning at 7:30 a.m. For more event information, visit the VCUarts calendar and search "Tasmeem." For more information, contact John Freyer at jdfreyer@vcu.edu or visit https://arts.vcu.edu/tasmeem-doha-2017-analogue-living-digital-world/.

Friday, March 17, 2017: VCU School of Medicine Health Disparities Roundtables Series - Celebrate St. Pat's with VCU Dental Care and learn what they are doing for Healthy Smiles Richmond. This event will be held at the VCU Larrick Student Center, located at 900 Turpin Street in the Jackson Ward Conference Room from 12pm-1pm. For more information, see: Health Disparities Roundtable.

Friday, March 17, 2017: VCUDine celebrates St. Patrick's Day with an authentic, Irish-inspired lunch at Shafer Court Dining Center. Attendees can get all of their favorite classic Irish dishes, including bangers and mash, shepherd's pie and grilled reubens from 11:00am - 4:00pm. For more information, contact Lauren Hay at lhay@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1148 or visit http://vcu.campusdish.com.

Friday, March 17, 2017: The Intercultural Festival presents "Fry-Day" on the Commons Plaza from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Attendees will enjoy free food, prizes and games. For more information, contact Alisha Losinno at losinnoae@vcu.edu.

Friday, March 17, 2017: The School of World Studies Italian Program invites the VCU community to a viewing of director Francesco Rosi's "Le mani sulla citta" in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 1100 at 5:00pm. There will be a brief introduction to Rosi and the film by Sydney Conrad, Ph.D., followed by an informal discussion after the film. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sydney Conrad at skconrad@vcu.edu.

Friday, March 17, 2017: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs co-sponsors the second annual "Belles of the Ball" in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballrooms at 7:30pm. For ticket information, use the contact information below. All proceeds will benefit Nationz Foundation. For more information, contact Jelani Drew at drewjm@vcu.edu.

Sunday, March 19, 2017: Jewish Life at VCU holds a self-defense Krav Maga workshop in the Cary Street Gym, Group Exercise Studio. The men's self-defense seminar will be held from 1-3 p.m., followed by the women's self-defense seminar from 3:15-5:15 p.m. There will be prizes. The entire VCU community is invited and registration is free for all students. Spaces are limited. To register, visit the website below. Also sponsored by Rec Sports and VCU Police. For more information, contact Rabbi Matisyahu Friedman at mjfriedman@vcu.edu or (804) 869-3033 or visit http://jewishvcu.org/krav.

Monday, March 20, 2017: Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society presents an "Immigration Butterfly Action" on the Commons Plaza from 10:00am - 2:00pm. For more information, contact Saira Ramos at ramossi@vcu.edu.

Monday, March 20, 2017: The Anthropology Program in the School of World Studies hosts its Spring 2017 Anthropology Speaker Series featuring Ronald Crutcher, D.M.A., president, University of Richmond, discussing "Spiral Up: Lessons on Leadership" in Cabell Library, Auditorium at 5:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Christopher Brooks at cabrooks@vcu.edu.

Monday, March 20, 2017: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs hosts a vision board party in the University Student Commons, Suite 215 at 6:00pm. Participants will learn how to creatively express dreams and goals. Free food will be provided. For more information, contact Jelani Drew at drewjm@vcu.edu.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017: The VCUarts Inclusive Infusion Initiative presents the VCU Jazz Orchestra ll with guest percussionist John Santos and vocalists in "Salsa for Social Change" at 8:00pm. This event will be located at the Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center (922 Park Avenue.) Admission is $7 in advance, $10 at the door; free with VCU student ID. Please contact Antonio Garcia for more information at ajgarcia@vcu.edu.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017: The Office of Faculty Affairs will host a luncheon and panel discussion for women and underrepresented minority department chairs to engage in meaningful discussion around issues of special concern to women and/or minority departmental leaders. This is the third in a series of discussions with chairs and similarly placed departmental leaders with a focus on how gender, race, sexuality and other aspects of difference impact leadership at the departmental level.  Our panelist for the Spring semester discussion will be Dr. Gail Hackett, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. This event will be held on Tuesday, March 21st, from 12-2pm in Virginia Room A, Student Commons. Please click here to register for this event by 5pm on March 15th.  Contact Jenn Arce at jmarce@vcu.edu with questions and for further details.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017: Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society and the Asian Pacific Student Alliance present "How to Be an Ally" in the University Student Commons, Virginia Room A at 6:30pm. For more information, contact Saira Ramos at ramossi@vcu.edu.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017: The Muslim Students Association holds a game night in the University Student Commons, Break Point, as part of Islam Awareness Week from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Attendees will enjoy pool games, food and fun. For more information, contact Nadia Rentia at rentiann@vcu.edu.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017: Presentation & Bystander Training: "Working Through the Fear: Support for Marginalized Ethnic and Religious Groups in a Contested Political Climate" by Dr. Olesker. In her talk, Dr. Ronnie Olesker explores her journey into working with marginalized ethnic and religious communities, and asks what Americans can do to combat the surge in hate crimes across the country in a climate of political uncertainty and religious intolerance. The interactive discussion will include a short bystander training session for audience members interested in serving as allies for religious (and other) communities at risk. This event will take place on Wednesday, March 22nd from 1:00pm - 2:30pm at 701 West Grace Street in the Multi-Purpose Room. For more information contact Jill Gordon at jagordon@vcu.edu.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs hosts a women's health and wellness panel in the University Student Commons, Virginia Room A at noon. Attendees will learn more and hear about women's health and wellness tips and resources. Lunch will be provided for attendees. For more information, contact Jelani Drew at drewjm@vcu.edu.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017: The Humanities Research Center and the Department of English presents Joseph Valente, State University of New York at Buffalo, as part of the spring 2017 speaker series, "What the 'Literary Greats' Have to Say to Us Today," in West Grace Street Student Housing-North, Room 1030J at 4:00pm. Valente will discuss "From Whiteboys to White Nationalism: A Joycean Prophecy of the Trump Phenomenon." Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, contact Gail Bartee Canter at dgbartee@vcu.edu or visit https://humanitiescenter.vcu.edu/joseph-valente/.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017: The Muslim Students Association holds an open discussion to talk about important issues in the community today in the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms C-D from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Attendees will gain more understanding about the concerns of our brothers and sisters. The MSA also invites the VCU community to wear a scarf for a day and learn about what the hijab means in Islam as part of Islam Awareness Week. For those who want to participate, but do not have a scarf, stop by the booth on the Compass from noon to 4 p.m. to get one. For more information, contact Nadia Rentia at rentiann@vcu.edu.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017: Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society presents "Discussion: School to Prison Pipeline" in the University Student Commons, Virginia Room A at 8:00pm. For more information, contact Saira Ramos at ramossi@vcu.edu.

Thursday, March 23, 2017: Students for Disability Advocacy Awareness invite you to a presentation with VCU alumnus Jenson Larrimore, 1:00-2:30pm in the Forum Room, University Student Commons.  Larrimore will discuss his personal journey towards disability advocacy, how and why he chose to fight, and how stigma can be changed. This is an RSVP only event; please respond by March 17 to: mcmahonpl2@vcu.edu or call (804) 828-8532.  Lunch will be provided.  Read more here:  Disability Awareness with Jenson Larrimore.

Thursday, March 23, 2017: The Muslim Students Association holds a seminar in the Honors College, Room 1303 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm, for attendees to learn about the different spiritual journeys from the lenses of those who have converted to Islam. This event is a part of Islam Awareness Week. For more information, contact Nadia Rentia at rentiann@vcu.edu.

Thursday, March 23, 2017: Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society presents "Immigration Monologues 2017" in the University Student Commons, Common Ground at 7:00pm. For more information, contact Saira Ramos at ramossi@vcu.edu.

Thursday, March 23, 2017: VCUarts Sculpture + Extended Media Department presents "PERFORMING HISTORY," a series of events that bring together contemporary black artists for a robust discussion of identity by looking at art that modifies, plays with, and reframes the historical record through object making and performance from 9:00am - 8:00pm. Invited guests include the London-based artist and author Samson Kambalu, and the New York-based artists Sable E. Smith and Steffani Jemison. For full event details, visit the website below. For more information, contact Shay Wilson at wilsonkn@vcu.edu or visit http://arts.vcu.edu/calendar/event/visiting-artist-steffani-jemison-samson-kambalu-sable-smith/.

Thursday, March 23-24, 2017: Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) is providing a diversity workshop designed to give participants the knowledge and tools necessary for creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment. This event will be held from 8:30am - 4:30pm in the Larrick student Center in the James River Conference Room. Register here

Friday, March 24, 2017: The Integrity and Compliance Office reminds employees to share their insights in an anonymous 5-7 minute survey focused on VCU's culture by Wednesday, March 24. Participants may enter for a chance to win one of five $100 Rambucks cards. The survey can be found at https://goo.gl/forms/DtqS32QhZ90IlTPy1. Results will be used to evaluate employee perceptions of our culture, celebrate successes, identify opportunities for improvement and advance the quality of universitywide initiatives. For more information, contact Integrity and Compliance at ucompliance@vcu.edu or visit https://goo.gl/forms/DtqS32QhZ90IlTPy1.

Friday, March 24, 2017: The Muslim Students Association invites the VCU community to its weekly Friday sermon, followed by prayer, in the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms, as part of Islam Awareness Week from 1:15pm - 2:00pm. For more information, contact Nadia Rentia at rentiann@vcu.edu.

Friday, March 24, 2017: The RAMifications of VCU hosts a collegiate a capella competition at the W.E. Singleton Center for Performing Arts at 7:00pm. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 with a student ID or $15 for general admission. Ten groups from all over Virginia will be competing for best all around, soloist, beatboxer and fan favorite. For more information, contact Katie Cappuccio at cappucciok@vcu.edu.

Monday, March 27, 2017: The Alpha Zeta Chapter of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. presents "Cultural Literacy Night" in the University Student Commons, Forum Room from 7:30pm - 9:00pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring books to donate to the Children's Museum of Richmond. Food will be provided. For more information, contact Alessandra Pena at penaamezquiav@vcu.edu.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017: VCU's Department of Psychology presents: Can We Promote Positive Youth Adjustment by Intervening in Ethnic-Racial Identity Development? The speaker for this event will be Adriana Umaña-Taylor, Ph.D. Dr. Adriana Umaña-Taylor is a professor in the School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University and an expert in child development, adolescent development, race, ethnicity and migration. This event will be held in the Grace Street Theater (934 West Grace Street) at 4:00pm.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017: alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc. presents #ProjectHer, an interactive Ted Talk-style event in honor of Women's History Month, in the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms A from 8:00pm - 9:00pm. Inspiring speakers will touch on a variety of topics related to self-esteem, standards of beauty and professional development. The suggested attire is business casual. For more information, contact Michelle Nguyen at nguyenhnk@vcu.edu.

Thursday, March 30-31, 2017: Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) is providing a diversity workshop designed to give participants the knowledge and tools necessary for creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment. This event will be held from 8:30am - 4:30pm in the Larrick student Center in the James River Conference Room. Register here

Friday, March 31, 2017: Voting Rights Matter, The Fannie Lou Hamer Story: Everyone is invited to attend the live theater production of The Fannie Lou Hamer Story, written and performed by Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye, Friday, March 31, 2017 from 12-1:30 pm. Location is Commonwealth Ballroom B at the University Student Commons (Monroe Park Campus). This event is free and you can view the flyer here: Fannie Lou Hamer Story This event is sponsored by the Division for Inclusive Excellence, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and VCU Health Sciences. For information contact Eduardo Vidal: 804.828.8947, vidale@vcu.edu.

Friday, March 31, 2017: The Sikh Student Association invites the VCU community to its Vaisakhi Langar event, where we will celebrate the Sikh holiday of Vaisakhi and practice the Sikh tradition of Langar, or community kitchen, on the Commons Plaza from 12:00pm - 4:00pm. Participants will enjoy free traditional Punjabi food and try on a turban while learning more about the Sikh faith and interacting with the Sikh community at VCU. For more information, contact Gurjas Bajaj at bajajgs2@vcu.edu or (804) 286-2081.

April +

April events:

Monday, April 3, 2017: The School of Business Office of Student Engagement hosts female business leaders and executives from the Richmond area to talk about personal experiences with navigating the business world, answer questions from attendees and provide helpful tips for success as women in business at The Depot. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. with time for networking with the panel and attendees. Registration is requested by visiting the website below. For more information, contact Claire Raabe at ccraabe@vcu.edu or visit https://vcubus.hobsonsradius.com/ssc/eform/zN7A72x8kk0kx6700mn.ssc.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017: The Divisions for Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, VCU ASPiRE, VCU GLOBE, VCU LEAD, The Honors College, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and TRiO Student Support Services present an evening with John Dau in Hibbs Hall, Room 403 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. Dau will be speaking about his experiences as a survivor of genocide and human rights violations in South Sudan, his foundation and efforts to provide health care to the people of South Sudan. For more information, contact Seth Leibowitz at slleibowitz@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1761 or visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-VZzXM2V0EjYURVd2ZjZFVTQXM/view?usp=sharing.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017: Immigration and Race Symposium. Everyone is invited to attend the Immigration and Race Symposium at VCU, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, from 3:30pm - 6:15pm. Location is the Academic Learning Commons at 1000 Floyd Avenue, Room 1102. Panel 1, starting at 3:30 pm will discuss Immigration Policy and its Impact on Education, with Mona Siddiqui, JD, and Saltanat Liebert, PhD, from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. At 5:00 PM, Panel 2 will discuss Ethical and Historical Insights on Immigration, with Javier Hidalgo, PhD, University of Richmond, and Melis Hafez, PhD, VCU Department of History. This event is free and open to the public:  Immigration and Race Symposium at VCU.

Thursday, April 6, 2017: Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society presents "PLUMAS Discussion Series: Fighting Machismo" in the University Student Commons, Virginia Room B at 7:00pm. For more information, contact Saira Ramos at ramossi@vcu.edu.

Friday, April 7, 2017: 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Networking Reception. The annual Diversity and Inclusion Networking Reception brings together alumni, students and campus members to recognize, honor and explore opportunities to expand diversity and inclusion at VCU. This event encourages the creation of similar groups to help foster an inclusive community that welcomes and supports those historically excluded or underrepresented in higher education. Location is the Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Ave., Richmond, Virginia 23284. Registration is required. RSVP online at: https://www.support.vcu.edu/event/2017diversity. For additional information visit: https://www.vcualumni.org. You can also contact Larry Powell at: wlpowell@vcu.edu, (804) 828-8194.

Friday, April 7, 2017: Christine Darden, Ph.D., a retired NASA mathematician, data analyst and aeronautical engineer who is featured in “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race,” a 2016 book by Margo Lee Shetterly. Darden will speak from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. on Friday, April 7, in the Academic Learning Commons, room 1107, located at 1000 Floyd Ave. Her talk will be free and open to the public. Shetterly’s book was adapted into the Academy Award-nominated film “Hidden Figures,” released this winter. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017: The Intercultural Festival presents ICF Day at Floyd Ave. and the Compass from 1:00pm - 6:00pm. Attendees will enjoy free food, student vendors, a petting zoo and prizes. For more information, contact Alisha Losinno at losinnoae@vcu.edu.

Saturday, April 8, 2017: University College and the Office of the Provost host Bryan Stevenson, author of VCU's 2016-2017 Common Book, "Just Mercy," at the Siegel Center at 6:00pm. Stevenson will speak with the VCU and greater Richmond community about his book and his work in the criminal justice system and the Equal Justice Initiative. Free and open to the public, no registration required. For more information, contact Sam Joyner at commonbook@vcu.edu or visit http://commonbook.vcu.edu.

Monday, April 10, 2017: Cultural Achievement Ceremony In-Person Information Session: OMSA will be have the final "in-person" information session to discuss the upcoming Cultural Achievement Ceremony that is taking place in May. The in-person information session will take place in the OMSA office (907 Floyd, Room 215) from 12-1pm on Monday April 10th. This is the 3rd/final in-person information session. For more information, please email omsa@vcu.eduAttendance at an information session is required for participation in the Cultural Achievement Ceremony. 

Monday, April 10, 2017: The Activities Programming Board presents "A Taste Around the World" to celebrate diversity in the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms A-D at 12:00pm. Attendees can try a variety of foods from different countries and see how diversity can bring us all together. For more information, contact Activities Programming Board at apb@vcu.edu.

Monday, April 10, 2017: The Department of Craft/Material Studies and VCUarts Inclusion Infusion Initiative presents the first of two "Crochet Jams" with artist Ramekon O'Arwisters at The Depot from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Ramekon O’Arwisters is a San Francisco-based social-practice artist who creates community-based art projects infused with folk-art traditions. During his "Crochet Jams," participants become physically connected with one another through the processes of making yarn from used clothing and crocheting a giant textile. For more information, contact Erika Diamond at crafts@vcu.edu or visit http://arts.vcu.edu/craft/queer-threads-crochet-jam/.

Monday, April 10, 2017: The Department of Craft/Material Studies and VCUarts Inclusion Infusion Initiative presents a lecture by San Francisco-based social-practice artist Ramekon O'Arwisters at The Depot from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. O'Arwisters creates collaborative, community-based art projects infused with folk-art traditions. His "Crochet Jams" engage the public to think differently about the role of art within community and the power of art within society.  For more information, contact Erika Diamond at crafts@vcu.edu or visit http://arts.vcu.edu/craft/queer-threads-crochet-jam/.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017: The VCUarts Inclusive Infusion Initiative presents the VCU Jazz Orchestra ll with trumpet guest Ingrid Jensen at 8:00pm. This event will be located at the Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center (922 Park Avenue). Admission is $7 in advance, $10 at the door; free with VCU student ID. Please contact Antonio Garcia for more information at ajgarcia@vcu.edu.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017: The Department of African American Studies presents: Legacy and Lessons: The Black Panther Party. This event will feature former Panters, Jihad Abdulmumit, Pamela Hanna and Sekou Odinga. This event will take place at 7:30pm at the Depot (814 West Broad Street).

Tuesday, April 11, 2017: Memory and Memorials in Indian Country: or How Living Memory Creates the Past. This lecture with Dr. Scott Manning Stevens will consider the notion of "Indian Country" in relationship to its shifting borders throught the span of US history. This event will take place at 3:00pm in the VCU Commons Forum Room.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017: The Activities Programming Board presents "Inclusion Happy Hour" on the Commons Plaza at 12:00pm for participants to learn about "different abilities not disabilities." Attendees can dunk a stigma at the dunk booth, make DIY trail mix and privilege beads, and sign which ice cream they would like with ASL. For more information, contact Activities Programming Board at apb@vcu.edu.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017: The Department of Craft/Material Studies and VCUarts Inclusion Infusion Initiative host John Chaich discussing the evolution of his book, "Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community," its exhibition precedent, and his experiences as a graphic designer, AIDS activist and queer art curator, at The Depot from 5:00pm - 6:00pm. His book is available at Barnes & Noble @ VCU. For more information, contact Erika Diamond at crafts@vcu.edu or visit http://arts.vcu.edu/craft/2017/03/06/queer-threads-event-series/.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017: Join Us for the Black Artist in Perspective: xST / Shawn Theodore. Shawn Theodore represents the new generation of contemporary visual artists who are using their gifts to combat negative stereotypes and foster images that reaffirm and empower. Shawn Theodore is a multidisciplinary Philadelphia-based artist working in photography, video, and collage. Please view the xST Flyer here.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017: The Activities Programming Board welcomes Nicole Byer, fan-favorite and comedian from MTV's "Girl Code," and Ashlee Haze, on-the-rise poet and spoken word artist known for her hit poem, "For Colored Girls," in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom at 6:00pm. To register for tickets, find the Eventbrite link on any of the APB's social media platforms. For more information, contact Activities Programming Board at apb@vcu.edu.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017: As part of the VCUarts "Queer Threads" event series, Cindy Baker, Canadian performance artist, hosts her "Fashion Plate" project and invites student designers and community members to produce garments to showcase in a fashion catwalk show on Friday, April 14, at Black Iris Gallery, 321 W. Broad St., that confronts the design industry's disregard for deviant bodies. Garment-making workshops will be held at The Depot on Wednesday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to noon; Thursday, April 13, from 1-6 p.m.; and Friday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Erika Diamond at crafts@vcu.edu or visit http://arts.vcu.edu/craft/visiting-artists/queer-threads-cindy-baker-fashion-plate/.

Thursday, April 13, 2017: Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) is providing a diversity workshop designed to give participants the knowledge and tools necessary for creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment. This event will be held from 8:30am - 4:30pm in the Larrick Student Center in the James River Conference Room. Register here.

Thursday, April 13, 2017: Forbidden: Undocuments and Queer in Rural America. This documentary screening will be held from 3:00pm - 6:00pm in the VCU Cabell Library (901 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA 23284) in Room 303. This event is sponsored by the Division for Inclusive Excellence. Please download the flyer here using the following link: Forbidden-Undocumented and Queer in Rural America flyer.

Thursday, April 13, 2017: Cultural Achievement Ceremony In-Person Information Session: OMSA will be have one live web-based information session for interested attendees (that are not located near VCU) to discuss the upcoming Cultural Achievement Ceremony that is taking place in May. The online information session will take place online via Zoom from 12-1pm on Thursday April 14th. This is the only online information session we are able to offer. Please send an email to  omsa@vcu.edu by 1pm on Wednesday April 12th, and you will be sent the log-in information for the online session taking place on Thursday April 13thAttendance at an information session is required for participation in the Cultural Achievement Ceremony. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017: As part of VCUarts Department of Craft/Material Studies event series, "Queer Threads," Visiting Scholar Jeanne Vaccaro presents a lecture about Trans Craft in Oliver Hall, Physical Science Wing, Room 1024 from 11:00am - 12:00pm. Vaccaro is a postdoctoral fellow in gender studies at Indiana University, curator of "Bring Your Own Body: Transgender Between Archives and Aesthetics," and is currently working on the book, "Handmade: Feelings and Textures of Transgender,” which looks at the haptic and "felt" labor of identity. For more information, contact Erika Diamond at crafts@vcu.edu or visit http://arts.vcu.edu/craft/2017/03/06/queer-threads-event-series/.

Thursday, April 13, 2017: The Institute for Women's Health hosts "How to Treat a Woman: Strategies for Health Care and Self Care" brown bag lunch series in Main Hospital, First Floor Learning Center from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Ayn Welleford, Ph.D., chair, Department of Gerontology, will address ageism, challenging society's view of aging as deterioration and decline, while promoting strategies for healthy aging. Open to all. No pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Janett Forte at janett.forte@vcuhealth.org or (804) 827-1200 or visit http://www.womenshealth.vcu.edu .

Thursday, April 13, 2017: The Sikh Student Association invites the VCU community to get their turban tied and learn more about the significance of the turban on the Compass from 12:00pm - 4:00pm. Participants will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding about the Sikh faith while interacting with members of the Sikh community at VCU. For more information, contact Gurjas Bajaj at bajajgs2@vcu.edu.

Thursday, April 13, 2017: The Alexandrian Society with the support of the Department of History hosts Karenne Wood, Ph.D., Virginia Indian Program, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, discussing the linguistic history of the Monacan Indian in the University Student Commons, Forum Room at 4:30pm. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Courtney Jones at jonescd26@vcu.edu or visit http://history.vcu.edu.

Friday, April 14, 2017: Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) is providing a diversity workshop designed to give participants the knowledge and tools necessary for creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment. This event will be held from 8:30am - 4:30pm at the Development and Alumni Relations building, 111 N. 4th street. Register here.

Friday, April 14, 2017: VCU School of Medicine Health Disparities Roundtables Series: Adolescent Health and Wellness with Dr. Stephanie Crewe, Pediatrician, Assistant Professor, and Interim Chief, Children's Pavillion. This event will be held at the VCU Larrick Student Center, 900 Turpin Street in the Jackson Ward Conference Room from 12pm-1pm. For additional information:  Health Disparities Roundtable

Friday, April 14, 2017: The Department of Craft/Materials Studies presents the culminating event of the "Queer Threads" event series, a fashion plate performance with Canadian artist Cindy Baker at Black Iris Gallery, 321 W. Broad St from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Baker invites student designers and local garment makers to produce garments for her to showcase in a fashion catwalk show that confronts the design industry's disregard for deviant bodies. For more information, contact Erika Diamond at crafts@vcu.edu or visit http://arts.vcu.edu/craft/visiting-artists/queer-threads-cindy-baker-fashion-plate/.

Monday, April 17, 2017: Safe Zone Workshop at 11:00am on the Monroe Park Campus. A 2-hour diversity workshop to raise awareness about LGBTQ issues and create a more welcoming and inclusive environment at VCU. This workshop is an outreach program of University Counseling Services and part of a national program. Participants will receive a VCU Safe Zone sticker or magnet. More info at http://www.students.vcu.edu/counseling/safe-zone/ Contact Jan Altman, Phd, VCU Safe Zone Coordinator, with any questions at jhaltman@vcu.edu.

Monday, April 17, 2017: Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society presents a discussion on "Body Image and Media Representation of Latinxs" in the University Student Commons, Virginia Room B at 7:00pm. For more information, contact Saira Ramos at ramossi@vcu.edu.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017: Muévelo, Latin dance at VCU, hosts its last "Learn to Dance Salsa" workshop of the semester in West Grace Student Housing-North, Room 1030J from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. No experience required. For more information, contact Sarah Metzel at metzelsl@vcu.edu.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017: The Department of English holds a lecture by Katherine Clay Bassard, professor of English and senior vice provost for faculty affairs, "A Sketch of My Own Life by Fields Cook: Digitizing a Manuscript for a Virginia Ex-Slave," in Hibbs Hall, Room 308 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. The lecture is a part of the English Faculty Forum talk series. For more information, contact Rivka Swenson at rswenson@vcu.edu or visit http://english.vcu.edu/event-category/faculty-forum/.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017: The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program invites the VCU community to visit undergraduates as they present research and scholarly endeavors at the ninth annual Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballrooms and Richmond Salons from 11:00am - 2:00pm. Nearly 300 students have put together some fantastic posters profiling their work from the past academic year and will answer questions from attendees. For more information, contact Herb Hill at hhill@vcu.edu or visit http://wp.vcu.edu/vcuurop/2017/04/08/symp-invite2017/.

Thursday, April 20, 2017:  Everyone is invited to attend the 2017 annual Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME) celebration at 3:00pm at the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom (Monroe Park Campus).  This event is FREE and open to all members of the VCU/VCU Health communities and our surrounding community. For additional information contact the Division for Inclusive Excellence: inclusive@vcu.edu, 804-828-8947, or visit the Division's website at: www.vcu.edu.

Thursday, April 20, 2017: Global Medical Training at VCU presents a speaker series, "Global Health and Impact of Mission Trips," in West Grace Street Student Housing-South, Room 1004A at 7:00pm. This will be a formal talk about mission trip involvement, global health and volunteer cooperation featuring guest speaker John Ward, M.D., M.S.H.A., president and chief medical officer of VCU Medical Center/MCV Physicians. Business casual wear is highly recommended. For more information, contact Global Medical Training at VCU at karimians@vcu.edu.

Thursday, April 20, 2017: VCU Disability Support Services holds a Peer-to-Peer Mentorship interest meeting in the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms C-D from 10:00am - 12:00pm. This program is designed to help students with disabilities acclimate to campus life by partnering them with a fellow student who may have a similar disability. For more information, contact Ricardo Clauden at raclauden@vcu.edu.

Friday, April 21, 2017: The Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU presents "Inventing ICA: Artist Perspective with Paul Rucker" in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 1107 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. This event is an artist talk, performance and discussion. This is a free, ticketed event. To reserve a seat, visit the website below. For more information, contact Alexandra Crawford at arcrawford@vcu.edu or (804) 837-5556 or visit http://ica.vcu.edu/events/upcoming/.

Saturday, April 22, 2017: The Association of Black Social Workers at VCU hosts the second annual Cultural Awareness Day at the Academic Learning Commons from 9:00am - 3:00pm. Cultural Awareness Day seeks to build multicultural awareness and skills for working with diverse populations. Current students, faculty and alumni are invited to attend workshops that will educate about cultural competence. Cheryl S. Al-Mateen, M.D., will provide the keynote address. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Erica Lurry at lurryes@vcu.edu or visit https://goo.gl/forms/iuIFRzbGBgsTMBjO2.

Sunday, April 23, 2017: The Ethiopian Student Union hosts a cultural show in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom at 5:00pm, with members showcasing Ethiopian culture through a skit, fashion show and dance performances from several tribes in Ethiopia. Admission and food are free. For more information, contact Dawit Wondafrash at wondafrashdt@vcu.edu.

Sunday, April 23, 2017: Join African American Repretory Theatre of Virginia in a Dialogue: Richmond will be presenting a production of Blues for Mr. Charlie in 2018. Directed by Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates (VCU) and Chuck Mike (UR), this James Baldwin work addresses themes that are evocative and salient in our world today. Sunday's event at the African American History Museum is a gathering of community folks to talk through these themes for us here in Richmond, to connect with the show, the cast and the community as we creatively grow this performance as social justice engagement and activism. Dr. Archana Pathak will be co-facilitating the event with Dr. Ram Bhagat. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact aartrichmond@gmail.com or call (804) 464-7651. 

Monday, April 24, 2017: Students for Disability Advocacy Awareness present: Cat Anthony will be doing a presentation on different adaptive sports and information on the Paralympics from 1:00pm - 2:30pm at the Univeristy Student Commons in the Forum Room. They will talk about sports like wheelchair basketball, cycling, and many other sports. The presentation will be a great opportunity for people to come out and learn more about a local nonprofit and learn how to get involved. Sponsored by Inclusive Excellence VCU. Lunch is provided. This is an RSVP only event, please RSVP by Friday April 21. Please respond to mcmahonpl2@vcu.edu, or call (804) 828-8532. Accommodation Request: If you are interested in this presentation and require an accommodation you can contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator 828-8532 or e-mail mcmahonpl2@vcu.edu.

Monday, April 24, 2017: Students Advocating Violence Education and Support (SAVES) presents "Take Back the Night" in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. "Take Back the Night" is an empowering event focused on giving survivors an opportunity to speak out about the violence committed against them, as well as a call to action for survivors and allies to take back the night from perpetrators. For more information, contact Taylor Davis at saves@vcu.edu.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017: VCU Libraries hosts Wayne Wiegand, professor of library and information studies emeritus, Florida State University, for a talk about the fight to open libraries to all during the Jim Crow era, in Cabell Library, Lecture Hall from 10:00am - 12:00pm. Civil rights historians offer a rich literature on racism in education, public services, housing and labor. But our understanding of discrimination in public libraries is shallow in comparison. Register by visiting the website below. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.edu or visit https://www.library.vcu.edu/about/events/2016-17/wayne-wiegand-lecture.html.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs holds its "Hump Day Dialogue Series" featuring Archana Pathak, Ph.D., discussing "Dismantling the Model Minority Myth" in the University Student Commons, Common Ground from 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Erin Ghant at ghantem@vcu.edu.

Thursday, April 27, 2017: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs presents "The Pop Up Shop" featuring American rapper, record producer, actor and activist David Banner in the University Student Commons Theater from 1:00pm - 2:00pm. Tickets are required for this event and are available free of charge in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Commons Suite 215. For more information, contact Reginald Stroble at rlstroble@vcu.edu or (804) 827-4457.

Thursday, April 27, 2017: The Sikh Student Association of VCU presents "Open Mic and Talent Night," featuring visual and verbal performances that reflect the sentiments of minorities and ethnic groups in the United States, in West Grace Street Student Housing-North, Room 1030J from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. For more information, contact Namsimar Kaur at kaurn23@vcu.edu.

Thursday, April 27, 2017: VCU Sociology hosts activist-scholar Silvia Federici for a talk about feminism and capitalism in this time of widespread protest and organizing at The Depot from 3:00pm - 5:00pm. New members will also be inducted into the AKD sociology honors society. A reception will follow. For more information, contact Caitlin Cunningham at cunninghamca@vcu.edu.

Thursday, April 27, 2017: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Andrew Goodman Foundation host Victoria Yeroian, political science professor and program director, Podium Foundation, for a talk about student advocacy in the University Student Commons, Room 215 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm. For more information, contact Camilla Harris at harriscd2@vcu.edu.

Thursday, April 27, 2017: In this talk based on his manuscript, "Memoirs of Mass Incarceration: The Rhetoric of Revolutionaries, Witnesses and Survivors," David Coogan, VCU associate professor of English, tells the story of the rise of mass incarceration in America through memoirs and witnesses. VCU Libraries hosts this free talk in Cabell Library, Room 250 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.edu or visit https://www.library.vcu.edu/about/events/2016-17/memoirs-of-mass-incarceration.html. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017: The Alexandrian Society with the support of the Department of History hosts Shauna Sweeney, Ph.D., New York University, and postdoctorate fellow, College of William and Mary, discussing female maroons engaging in trade in nineteenth-century Jamaica in the University Student Commons, Forum Room at 4:00pm. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Courtney Jones at jonescd26@vcu.edu or visit http://history.vcu.edu.

Friday, April 28, 2017: VCU 2017 Lavender Graduation celebrates the achievements of graduating gender and sexual orientation minority students and their allies.  For more information, visit www.lavgrad.vcu.edu, or contact lavgrad@vcu.edu.

 

 

May +

May events:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017: Catholic Campus Ministry at VCU wishes everyone a happy last day of classes by giving away free coffee and snacks at the Cathedral Sidewalk, across the street from Shafer Court Dining Center at 7:30am. For more information, contact Ronie Rafael Altejar at altejarrrc@vcu.edu.

Friday, May 5, 2017: VCUDine offers an authentic, Cinco de Mayo-themed lunch in Shafer Court Dining Center's Market 810 from 11:00am - 4:00pm. Attendees can dig into a plate full of chocolate mole chicken drumsticks, Mexican rice, pork quesadillas or Tijuana tacos, and load up on toppings at Stir Crazy's nacho bar, or treat yourself to the upper-cut of the day: Carne Asada served with fajita vegetables, Mexican rice and guacamole. Top-off the meal with cinnamon-sugar churros or slice of Mexican chocolate spiced cake for dessert. For more information, contact Lauren Hay at lhay@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1148 or visit http://vcu.campusdish.com.

Thursday, May 11, 2017: The annual VCU Latinx Achievement Ceremony for students graduating in Spring 2017 (and December 2016) will be held on Thursday, May 11 at 2 p.m.in the Commonwealth Ballroom at the University Student Commons. The ceremony is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and celebrates the accomplishments of Latino/a undergraduate and graduate students. Family and friends are invited. This event is open to all students. For information on how to register for this event, please visit omsa.vcu.edu.

Thursday, May 11, 2017: The annual Donning of the Kente Ceremony for students graduating in Spring 2017 (and December 2016) will be held on Thursday, May 11 at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Ballroom at the University Student Commons. The ceremony is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and serves as a celebration of achievement for black undergraduate and graduate students and Ph.D. candidates. Family and friends are invited. This event is open to all students. For information on how to register for this event, please visit omsa.vcu.edu.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017: The Safe Zone Program, sponsored by University Counseling Services, presents a two-hour Safe Zone Workshop in the University Student Commons from 10:00am - 12:00pm. The purpose of Safe Zone is to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues and their importance to everyone and to make VCU a more welcoming and inclusive environment. Advance registration is required - use the keyword "diversity" to see all current offerings at training.vcu.edu and to register. For more information, contact Jan Altman at jhaltman@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6200 or visit https://students.vcu.edu/counseling/safe-zone/.

Thursday, May 23-24, 2017:  Register for the 2017 third annual Diversity and Inclusion Symposium with keynote speakers, Tiffany Jana CEO and President, TMI Consulting, and Andres Tapia, Senior Client Partner/Solution Lead Workforce Performance, Inclusion and Diversity Practice, Korn Ferry.  Registration is required.  View the flyer here:  2017 Diversity & Inclusion Symposium.  For more information contact the Division for Inclusive Excellence, 804.828.8947, www.inclusive.vcu.edu

Tuesday, May 30, 2017: The Wellness Resource Center presents "Survivor Solidarity Hour" at The Well's Recovery Clubhouse from 12:30pm - 1:30pm. Survivor Solidarity Hour is a weekly, year-round program, held every Tuesday, where survivors of violence and allies can come together, meet and hang out in a safe space. This is not a therapeutic group but rather a causal, supportive space. Students can engage in activities from coloring, to playing games, to engaging in conversation. For more information, contact The Advocates at The Well at myoptions@vcu.edu or visit http://www.thewell.vcu.edu/advocacy-services/resources/.

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