Group led by VCU professor offers counseling sessions in aftermath of shootings

July 14, 2016

An excerpt from Richmond Times-Dispatch, Wednesday, July 13, 2016:

A group of African-American psychologists will offer counseling services at no charge Thursday and Friday for individuals and families who need a safe space to talk about the fatal police shootings of two black men and the deaths of five police officers that followed in Dallas.

“There’s a lot of anxiety and confusion as well as grieving,” said Shawn Utsey, a Virginia Commonwealth University psychology professor who mobilized the trauma response team.

Thursday’s counseling sessions will be held between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the VCU campus at the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, 907 Floyd Ave., and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Richmond Public Library, 101 E. Franklin St.

On Friday, the sessions will be held at the VCU location from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from noon to 3 p.m.; at the library from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and then from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the East District Family Resource Center, 2405 Jefferson Ave.

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Young African Leaders Gather at VCU

June 21, 2016

Fifty of Africa’s brightest emerging leaders in the areas of public management, business and entrepreneurship are spending June 20-July 31 in Richmond participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.  For the second consecutive year, Virginia Commonwealth University will host this prestigious flagship program, co-sponsored by the VCU Global Education Office, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, and School of Business.  Read more here:  VCU News

Statement on Orlando Tragedy

June 14, 2016

The news from this weekend has sadly spoken to the delicate nature of the lives that Equality VCU has long sought to protect and ensure were treated equitably as members of the VCU community. We express our heartfelt condolences to community members in Orlando and their families and friends. We stand in strong support beside our Queer Latinx and Muslim communities. We remain as vigilant as ever before to ensure that all community members at VCU are not only welcomed on campus, but treated as the human beings they are through policy making and programmatic development that emphasizes their full inclusion. As we continue to reflect and heal from the Orlando tragedy, Equality VCU endeavors to work with our community to convict the conditions and oppressive ideologies that give rise to such violence. Finally, we acknowledge that gun violence threatens all of us, regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. We stand ready with VCU leadership to support our community and create a culture of full inclusion at VCU. 

 – Equality VCU and Inclusive Excellence

Public Radio Project Launched by VCU Alumna Documents a Changing Richmond

May 23, 2016

As part of a newly launched public radio project called “UnMonumental,” a Virginia Commonwealth University alumna and a VCU instructor of African American Studies are telling everyday histories of Richmond through the voices of the people who live in the city today.
“Richmond’s got a lot of monuments, but they don’t all speak to the experiences of the people who live here,” said Kelley Libby, who graduated from the Department of English in the College of Humanities and Sciences in 2010. “I wanted to create a project that tells a different, more nuanced story of Richmond than the one that’s set in stone in places like Monument Avenue.”
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The East Marshall Street Well Project: Honoring the Ancestral Remains

June 4, 2016

In April 1994, human bones and artifacts from the 19th century were discovered in an abandoned well uncovered during construction on Virginia Commonwealth University’s MCV Campus. The well’s contents are believed to have been discarded in the 1800s by medical staff.

These humans, mainly of African descent, were not shown the respect they were due, neither in life nor in death. The university is committed to moving forward in a manner reflecting the dignity that should be accorded these individuals and has created the East Marshall Street Well Project to facilitate a process with the community that ensures the remains receive appropriate study, memorialization and reburial.

Join the East Marshall Street Well [EMSW] Planning Committee in a community conversation with the Family Representative Council on their recommendations for the best way to honor the Ancestral remains on Saturday, June 4, 2016.  The event, from 9:00am - 12 Noon, is at the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School Gymnasium, 1000 Mosby Street, Richmond, VA 23223.

The event is free and open to the public.  Register and find more information here:  The EMSW Project

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