Building Inclusive Communities

Contact us

Janice Altman

Jan H. Altman, Ph.D.
Coordinator for cultural competence and education
(804) 828-8947

Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) is the new VCU initiative to support the university community in creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment.

BIC works to foster effective interaction between people and groups across a range of similarities and differences. Success will be measured by demonstrated competence in bias reduction, valuing differences, and diversity and inclusion skills.

Workshop and training opportunities are available for VCU faculty, administrators and staff.

Workshop activities include:

  • Learning a common language for discussing diversity and inclusion
  • Identifying and discussing historically marginalized and privileged group dynamics
  • Assessing personal experiences of privilege, inequity and oppression
  • Addressing how thoughts, feelings, behaviors and practices contribute to cycles of inequity and oppression
  • Creating a personal plan for changing inequitable behaviors and practices

2017 BIC workshop for students, only:

  • Jan 27-28, 2012 (2-day workshop)

2017 BIC workshops for faculty/staff/administrators:

  • Feb 16-17, 2017
  • Feb 23-24, 2017
  • Mar 23-24, 2017
  • Mar 30, 2017
  • Mar 31, 2017
  • Apr 13, 2017
  • Apr 14, 2017
  • Oct 3-4, 2017
  • Oct 10-12, 2017
  • Oct 16-17, 2017
  • Oct 19-20, 2017
  • Nov 1-2, 2017

Please register at: and use the keyword: diversity to access BIC workshop registration.  Seating is limited.  Contact if you would like to be placed on a wait list to attend a particular workshop that is full - thank you.

Building Inclusive Communities Facilitators

  • Holly Alford, School of the Arts
  • Jan Altman, Division for Inclusive Excellence
  • Lisa Beck, University Counseling Services
  • Thomas Briggs, Department of Insurance and Risk Management 
  • Erin Brown, Division of Community Engagement
  • Deborah Butler, Department of Psychology
  • Kendra Cabler, Division of Strategic Enrollment Management
  • Leslie Choplin, School of Social Work
  • Christine Davison, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Mohammed Debbagh, Global Education Office
  • Curtis Diesselhorst, VCU Police
  • Jennifer Elswick, Department of Psychology
  • Thaddeus Fortney, Focused Inquiry
  • Daryl Fraser, School of Social Work
  • Nicholas Garcia, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • Leslee Gensinger, Office of Development and Alumni Relations
  • Lyons Hardy, School of Nursing
  • Jeanette Hickl, Division of Student Affairs
  • Austin Higgs, Equity and Access Services
  • Shajuana Isom-Payne, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • Laura Middlebrooks, School of World Studies
  • LaTina Pitts, director, School of Nursing
  • Johanna Plummer, Institute Contemporary Art
  • Shana Ryman, School of Medicine
  • Maya Simpkins, University Academic Advising
  • Tara Stamm, VCU Sociology
  • Logan Vetrovec, Office of the VP for Health Sciences
  • Michelle Webb, Global Education Office

For additional information, call: (804) 828-8947, or send an email to