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VCU Commitment to LGBTQ+ Students Recognized

May 22, 2017

Virginia Commonwealth University was honored recently with the 2017 Catalyst Award by Side by Side, an organization dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong and flourish.
 
Side by Side specifically cited efforts such as VCU’s Lavender House, an inclusive living-learning community for first-year LGBTQ+ students, and the Lavender Empowerment Summit, a weekend forum aimed at empowering LGBTQ+ students to pursue individual and community leadership roles. Side by Side also noted efforts spanning student affairs, athletics, courses offered in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and Safe Zone workshops.  
 
Read more here.

Register for the 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Symposium

May 23, 2017

Join us for the third annual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium, May 23-24, 2017 featuring keynote speakers, Tiffany Jana, CEO and President of TMI Consulting, and Andres Tapia, Senior Client Partner/Solution Lead Workforce Performance, Inclusion and Diversity Practice for Korn Ferry.  Both noted authors, Dr. Jana recently released Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships Across Difference, and Mr. Tapia is author of the groundbreaking book, The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity 
 
"Community: Celebrating the heroes amongst us" kicks off on May 23rd at 3:00pm with the opening welcome, reception and book signing.  A full day of workshops and sessions are offered on May 24.  Read more here.
 
Registration is required, and a 10% discount is available for members of the VCU and VCU Health System.  Use this link for registration and information.  Also, this event includes the opportunity for recertification credits for human resource professionals.
 
Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues, staff and friends.  Seating is limited, and we encourage you to register as soon as possible.  For additional information contact the Division for Inclusive Excellence at: inclusive@vcu.edu and/or (804) 828-8947.
 
This event is cohosted by VCU and the Greater Richmond Society for Human Resource Management.

Dr. Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves heads VCU Diversity Efforts

May 12, 2017

Interdisciplinary thinking and multitasking are just two of the many skills that Rosalyn “Roz” Hobson Hargraves, Ph.D., brings to her role as VCU’s acting chief diversity officer. In addition to her new position as associate vice president in the university’s Division for Inclusive Excellence, Hargraves is an associate professor in the VCU School of Engineering, and, associate professor at the School of Education. 
 
She is providing on-campus leadership in diversity and inclusion while Kevin Allison, Ph.D., Interim Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, is away on a fellowship.  Read more here.

2017 VCU Latina/o Graduation Ceremony

May 11, 2017

Celebrate the VCU Latina/o Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Richmond Salons, University Student Commons with keynote speaker, Dr. G. Antonio Espinoza, VCU Department of History.  

This very special ceremony celebrates the achievement of Hispanic/Latino/a undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. candidates, and provides students with a positive and rewarding experience that recognizes their hard work, dedication, and perseverance.  Each graduate will receive a commemorative stole to symbolize their academic achievement.  Read more about this very special event and view the event program here: 2017 Latinix Graduation Ceremony.
 
This event is free and open to all, however, seating is limited.  For additional information contact Jenaé Harrington in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at: (804) 828-6672, or omsa@vcu.edu.

2017 Donning of the Kente Ceremony at VCU

May 11, 2017

Everyone is invited to the Donning of the Kente Ceremony on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm in the Commonwealth Ballrooms, University Student Commons with keynote speaker, Samantha Willis, and traditional African dance performance by the Elegba Folklore Society.
 
The Donning of the Kente Ceremony celebrates the achievement of black undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. candidates. This ceremony provides students with a positive and rewarding experience that recognizes their hard work, dedication, and perseverance. Each graduate will receive a kente stole to symbolize their academic achievement.  Read more about this very special event.
 
The ceremony is free and open to all, however, seating is limited.  For additional information contact Jenaé Harrington in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at: (804) 828-6672, or omsa@vcu.edu.
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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.