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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at VCU

August 31, 2017

Celebrated from September 15 – October 15 nationally, Hispanic Heritage Month honors the histories, cultures and contributions of the Latinx people in the United States. Hispanic and Latinx Americans make up the second-largest ethnic group in the country, accounting for 52 million people or nearly 17% of the national population.
 
This year’s month-long celebration at VCU includes events focusing on diverse topics as career preparation, religion, education, pop culture and entertainment, athletics, disability and more.
 
Friday, September 15, 1 – 3 p.m., University Student Commons, Room 215 
Latinx Kick Off, Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
 
Monday, September 18, 4 – 7:30 p.m., Commonwealth Ballroom B
The 2017 Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Catholic Studies Symposium: “Building Bridges, Not Walls: The Church in Latin America and Among Latin American Immigrants,” Sponsored by the College of Humanities and Sciences
 
Monday, September 18, 7 - 8 p.m., West Grace North 1030J
Hispanic Heritage Month Returned Peace Corps Panel, Sponsored by VCU Globe
 
Tuesday, September 19, 2 – 4 p.m., University Student Commons Theater
Afro-Latinx Culture in Music, Theater and Performance, Sponsored by the Division for Inclusive Excellence
 
Tuesday, September 19, 7 – 9 p.m., Virginia Rooms C and D
Afro Latinidad, Sponsored by Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society (PLUMAS at VCU)
 
Wednesday, September 20, 6 – 8 p.m., OMSA, Commons Room 215
Latinx Career Panel, Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
 
Thursday, September 21, 12 – 1 p.m., OMSA, Commons Room 215
Afro Latinx Presentation, Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
 
Monday, September 25, 12 – 2 p.m., Franklin Terrace, Room 300
“Let your voice be heard,” Sponsored by the Art Education Department
 
Wednesday, September 27, 12:30 – 2 p.m., University Student Commons Theater
Losing Sonia Sotomayor: An American Life After Multiculturalism, Sponsored by the Division of Inclusive Excellence
 
Wednesday, September 27, 7 – 9 p.m., Common Ground
Latinx Poetry and Identity, Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and PLUMAS
 
Tuesday, October 3, 12 – 1 p.m., Commons Plaza
Salsa on The Plaza, Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
 
Tuesday, October 3, 7 – 9 p.m., Sacred Heart Center, 1400 Perry St., Richmond, Va. 23224
José Luis Vilson (in English), Sponsored by VCU, University of Richmond and Sacred Heart Center
 
Wednesday, October 4, 7 – 9 p.m., Sacred Heart Center, 1400 Perry St., Richmond, Va. 23224
José Luis Vilson (En Español), Sponsored by VCU, University of Richmond and Sacred Heart Center
 
Friday, October 6, 12 – 1 p.m., OMSA, Commons Room 215
First Friday collaboration with OMA and University Counseling, Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and University Counseling Services
 
Wednesday, October 11, 7 p.m., Sport Backers Stadium
Latinx Heritage Night with VCU Men’s Soccer, Sponsored by VCU Athletics and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
 
Thursday, October 12, 7 – 9 p.m.,
“Cruising Through Adversity” featuring Orange is The New Black star Jackie Cruz, Sponsored by the Activities Programming Board
 
Tuesday, October 17, 5 – 6:30 p.m., West Grace South, Room 1004A
“The Intersection of Immigration and Disability,” Sponsored by the Division for Inclusive Excellence and Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity Office
 
Meet the Faculty Fellows for Latinx Community Inclusion at the Division for Inclusive Excellence

 

Building a Just Richmond Program (Update: This event has been cancelled.)

September 16, 2017

Update: This event has been cancelled.

Organized by a diverse coalition of organizations, houses of worship, and individuals. “Building a Just Richmond” is a half day event on Saturday September 16, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm at MathScience Innovation Center located at 2401 Hartman St, Richmond, VA 23223. This event is free and open to the public.

The program, designed to build skills to advance a just Richmond, will open with a plenary session with panelist Marc Cheatham (The Cheats Movement), Alex Guzman (Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia (HOME)), Renee Hill (Virginia State University), Archana Pathak (Virginia Commonwealth University), and Martha Rollins (Coming To The Table RVA). Linda Schrier Tissiere of the YWCA Richmond will moderate the discussion. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from several facilitated workshops including

  • The American Civil War Museum will present "How Shall We Remember?"
  • Coming To The Table RVA will present "Having Authentic Conversations about Race and Justice"
  • The Richmond Pledge to End Racism will present "Living the Richmond Pledge to End Racism"
  • RVA Rapid Transit will present "Metro-wide Transit: Justice, Reconciliation, and Access"
  • YWCA Richmond will present "Building Healthy Relationships"

The VCU Division of Student Affairs is sponsoring a chartered VCU bus to attend the event. The bus will run on a continuous loop, leaving the University Student Commons on Floyd Avenue side at 12:15 pm and the last ride leaving the event at 4:30 pm.  A VCU ID is required. For more information contact Reuben Rodriguez, Ed.D. at vcudean@vcu.edu or (804)828-8940.

Organizers of this program include: American Civil War Museum / Coming to the Table RVA / Diversity Richmond / Equality Virginia / Interfaith Community of Greater Richmond / The Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond / National Association for Ethnic Studies / Richmond Hill / Richmond Jewish Foundation / Richmond Lesbian-Feminists / St John’s UCC / Temple Beth-El / Unitarian Universalist Community Church, Glen Allen, VA / Virginia Anti-Violence Project / Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities / Virginia Council of Churches / Virginia Pride / The YMCA of Greater Richmond / YWCA Richmond.

Faculty Development Session: 'Addressing Hot Topics in the Classroom'

September 13, 2017

The Center for Teaching Excellence and the Division of Inclusive Excellence offer a special session for faculty in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 4100, on managing controversial topics that may surface in the classroom, September 13, 2017 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Click here to register for this event. For more information, contact Tiffany Freitas at freitast@vcu.edu.

Welcome Back Gathering with the Division for Inclusive Excellence

August 30, 2017

Please join us for a welcome back gathering with the Division for Inclusive Excellence, Wednesday, August 30th from 5:00-6:30pm in conference room 303 at the VCU Cabell Library.  Kevin W. Allison, Ph.D., interim vice president, Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves, Ph.D., associate vice president for inclusive excellence, and Jan Altman, Ph.D., coordinator for cultural competence and education, will share information and conversation.  RSVP is kindly suggested via email or phone to Florence M. Johnson, inclusive@vcu.edu and/or (804) 828-8947.

VCU: One of the Nation’s Top 100 Minority Degree Producers

August 28, 2017

Virginia Commonwealth University has earned a spot as one of the nation’s “Top 100 minority degree producers,” according to a report by the magazine, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
 
The data is the only national report on the ability of U.S. colleges and universities to confer degrees to African-American, Latino, Asian-American and Native-American students and is the only national analysis to use the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education.
 
The rankings detail the total number of degrees awarded at every American institution of higher education, as well as specific figures in academic disciplines. Overall, VCU was ranked No. 53 for total minority bachelor’s degrees and No. 49 for total minority professional doctoral degrees.
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