2017 Lavender Graduation

April 28, 2017

VCU hosts the 2017 Lavender Graduation, a graduation ceremony celebrating the achievements of graduating gender and sexual orientation minority students and their allies.
To register, visit:
For more information, visit, or contact lavgrad@vcu.
This event is sponsored by the Division for Inclusive Excellence, Division of Student Affairs, Equality VCU, Equity and Access Services, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Residential Life and Housing,
University Counseling Services, University Student Commons and Activities, VCU Health, and The Wellness Resource Center.  Allied Partners: Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and Office of the Provost.

Inclusive Excellence Launches Three New Initiatives

April 17, 2017

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Division for Inclusive Excellence is launching three new initiatives to engage the university community’s interests in social justice and inclusion.
The development of the new initiatives for students, faculty and staff are the VCU Student Social Justice Fund, the Equity and Inclusion Leadership Symposium, and the Curriculum Development Awards.  All are aimed at creating a more inclusive environment in the classrooms and within university programming.  Read more here.
For additional information visit the initiatives page at the Inclusive Excellence website:  Call the Division at: 804.828.8947, or email

Open Enrollment for Health Care and Flexible Spending Accounts

May 1, 2017

Make changes to your health care and flexible spending accounts during the open enrollment period, May 1-15, 2017.  See the Spotlight newsletter for more information:  Spotlight on Benefits 2017.
You can view an enrollment form and other open enrollment materials on the DHRM website at
If you have questions or need additional information contact your Benefits Administrator or send an email to

VCU Recognizes Five at the 2017 Annual PACME Celebration

April 20, 2017

The annual PACME ceremony honors individuals who have made significant contributions toward enhancing VCU’s commitment to diversity, excellence and inclusion.  Wendy Kliewer, Ph.D., Charlene Crawley, Ph.D., Austin Higgs, Selamawit Hailu, and Sasha Spruill, were all recognized as 2017 PACME honorees. This year's event featured remarks from VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., and Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves, Ph.D., associate vice president for inclusive excellence.  Read more here.
Pictures from the event will be posted soon.  For information on upcoming events and initiatives at the Division for Inclusive Excellence, please check our website or send an email to:

Third annual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium, May 23-24, 2017

May 23, 2017

Join us for the third annual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium, May 23-24, 2017 with keynote speakers, Tiffany Jana, CEO and President, TMI Consulting and Andres Tapia, Senior Client Partner/Solution Lead Workforce Performance, Inclusion and Diversity Practice for Korn Ferry.  Mr. Tapia is the author of the groundbreaking book, The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity.
Registration is required at:  Click here for Registration and information.  View the flyer here:  2017 Diversity & Inclusion Symposium
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LGBTQ@VCU: Celebrating Forty Years of LGBTQ Activism at VCU

August 25, 2016

Celebrate 40 years of LGBTQ activism and milestones at Virginia Commonwealth University with special events, programs and receptions, starting October 4th and cumulating on October 27th.  Read here for more information: Celebrating Forty Years of LGBTQ Activism at VCU.
Starting Tuesday, October 4, 2016, VCU commemorates the official recognition of our first LGBTQ student group, the Gay Alliance of Students, with Trials and Triumphs, 1974-76:  The Struggle for Recognition of VCU’s first Gay Student Group, at 12 noon at the Cabell Library Lecture Hall, 901 Park Avenue.  The event will be followed by a reception at 1:30pm.  The 2016 annual LGBT Burnside Watstein Awards ceremony starts at 3pm.  Guests are welcome to attend all three events on October 4th, or, singular events.  There is no charge and everyone is welcome.
The Humanities Research Center Speaker Series includes guest speaker and historian, Dr. Marc Stein, who will discuss Students, Sodomy, and the State: LGBT Campus Struggles in the 1970s, Thursday October 13 at 4pm at the University Student Commons.  The series concludes on October 27th at the Siegel Center, at 6:00pm, with guest keynote speaker, tennis superstar and advocate for women and LGBTQ people, Billie Jean King.  Everyone is welcome, and admission is free.
This series of events is co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Division for Inclusive Excellence, the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences, Equity and Access Services, the Division of Student Affairs, VCU Athletics, the VCU Libraries, VCU Alumni Rainbow Rams, the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, the College of Humanities and Sciences, and Equality VCU. 

Building Inclusive Communities

September 6, 2016

The VCU Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) program promotes our institution’s mission of inclusive excellence by encouraging a climate of intercultural respect and understanding. Through activities, examples, and group discussions, BIC explores how diversity affects our workplaces and our communities. The program provides a framework for examining power differentials across a range of traits such as race, class, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, employment status, veteran status, language, and immigration status. Inclusion and equity are inseparable from our institutional mission, and central to our success.

BIC offers an outstanding opportunity for professional development open to VCU employees who would like to become certified BIC facilitators.  The initial 4-day training session is planned for October 2016, and most of the subsequent trainings will be 2 days at a time. The application deadline is Monday, September 19, 2016For additional information or to apply.