Welcome to the 2016-17 Academic Year

September 7, 2016

As we begin the 2016-17 academic year, we understand that we return to the VCU campus community having shared the immense challenges and losses experienced throughout the nation and across the globe.  The backdrop of those events makes it vitally important that we continue the candid and supportive conversations on inclusion, equity, access, and diversity that continue from last year.
Many members of the campus community have worked diligently over the summer on a number of initiatives to strengthen the VCU culture across both the Monroe and Health Sciences campuses.   The goal of these efforts has been to focus our collective talents, concerns, skills and commitment to the critical inclusion, equity and social justice issues faced by the members of VCU community. 
This academic year will provide a number of opportunities to celebrate and acknowledge our history and progress. This will include commemorating the 40th anniversary of the official recognition of the Gay Alliance of Students at VCU with the Humanities Research Center’s Speaker’s series featuring historian Marc Stein and iconic advocate Billie Jean King. 
The university community will also have the opportunity to continue its discussion on critical university, national and global issues at the upcoming President's Forum on Social Justice this Fall.
This fall, we also will continue work on the university’s new diversity inclusion strategic plan, inviting the broader university community to provide feedback and input on the draft, which has been developed by the Council for Inclusive Excellence and Equity. 
As the new academic year kicks off, please check the calendar events on our website for upcoming welcoming receptions and events. We’d also invite you to stop in the Division Offices (817 South Cathedral Place) for coffee and discussion on your ideas, concerns and recommendations on September 20th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (To help us with the ‘cookie count,’ please send a quick email to to let us know if you can join us.  It will be most helpful if you could email and let us know by Friday, September 15th).
VCU has incredibly important work ahead this year, and we each have significant contributions to make to our university. We look forward to our collective work supporting VCU's continued progress and development as an inclusive, diverse, just, and welcoming community.

Celebrate Latinx Month

September 13, 2016

Latinx Heritage Month kicks off on Thursday, September 15th at 12 noon, at the University Student Commons, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.  Events through October 14, 2016, are located both on and off campus.  For additional information please contact the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at: (804) 828-6672, or visit the OMSA website:

For a complete list of events:  Latinx Heritage Month Calendar of Events.

VCU School of Education hosts Race, Ethnicity and Education Teach-in

August 29, 2016

What do race and ethnicity have to do with education? What can educators, policymakers and parents learn by focusing on race and ethnicity? How can we improve education by paying attention to these issues? These and other questions will be addressed during a teach-in held by the VCU School of Education during the week of Sept. 19.
Instructors and students will consider questions of race and ethnicity relevant to the topic of the class, encouraging a shift from seeing race and ethnicity as abstract ideas, to seeing race and ethnicity as lived realities in schools and society.  For more information visit the School of Education website.

The Humanities Research Center presents: Native American Knowledge and the Environment

August 26, 2016

The Humanities Research Center presents:  Native American Knowledge and the Environment
The implications of climate change, environmental damage, and alternative sources of energy are attracting increasing attention - but less attention is paid to alternative knowledges. This speaker series, presented by the Humanities Research Center, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, features three leading scholars of Native American knowledge as it relates to the environment.
Presentations by three scholar activists,  Dr. Daniel Wildcat (Exercising Indigenuity), Dr. Deborah McGregor (Applying Indigenous Legal Traditions), and Dr. Clint Carroll (Landscapes of Renewal) explore indigenous knowledge systems and their applications in water and environmental governance, environmental justice, and sustainable development. This Fall, discover different ways of engaging with our world and exciting possibilities for our collective future.  Read more

VCU Faculty Convocation

August 23, 2016

The 2016 VCU Faculty Convocation will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Avenue on the Monroe Park Campus.  Awards will be presented to faculty members who have distinguished themselves and the university through their commitment to excellence, service, teaching and scholarship.  VCU will live stream the event online at

Read more about the convocation and this year's distinguished honorees:  VCU News.

Please RSVP to the president's office, here:  2016 Faculty Convocation

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