Film Series: Race: The Power of an Illusion

November 17, 2015

The Division for Inclusive Excellence invites the campus community to a film screening and discussion on the construction of race. This series (produced in 2003 by California Newsreel) challenges one of our most fundamental beliefs: that humans come divided into a few distinct biological groups. The three part series is an eye-opening tale of how what we assume to be normal, commonsense, even scientific, is actually shaped by our history, social institutions, and cultural beliefs. Please use the following links for locations and information on each episode in the series:

Episode 1: Oct. 20, 2015, 3-4:30 p.m.: The Difference Between Us

Episode 2: Nov. 10, 2015, 3-4:30 p.m.: The Story We Tell

Episode 3, Dec. 1, 2015, 3-4:30 p.m.: The House We Live In

* The series will be repeated on the MCV campus in Spring 2016.

Town hall meeting with President Michael Rao

March 16, 2015

President Rao and members of the VCU community met on Monday, March 16, 2015, for an open dialog to reaffirm our university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and offer an overview of strategies under development. 

Dr. Cornel West at VCU

September 3, 2015

Prominent author and champion of racial justice, Dr. Cornel West, will launch the Humanities Research Center Speaker Series on September 3, 2015, 6:00 pm at the Siegel Center. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Division for Inclusive Excellence, and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Read More.

Hispanic Heritage Month: A discussion with Anna Escobedo Cabral

September 16, 2015

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sacred Heart Center and VCU are pleased to present a discussion with Anna Escobedo Cabral, 42nd treasurer of the United States and the highest-ranking Latina in the George W. Bush administration. Presented by the VCU Global Education Office, Division of Community Engagement, Division for Inclusive Excellence, and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, this two day event takes place at VCU on September 16, 2015 and, en Espanol, on September 17, 2015 at the Sacred Heart Center. Read more Get Adobe Reader.

2015 Annual PACME Celebration

October 1, 2015

Members of VCU faculty, staff, students, and administration, were recognized on April 15 at the 2015 annual Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME) ceremony for their significant contributions toward enhancing VCU’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and excellence. With special guest speaker, Jonathan Zur, president and CEO of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, PACME honorees were joined by members of the university community, their families, and guests.

Congratulations to the 2015 PACME honorees: Ashley F. Akers, University Student Commons and Activities, Division of Student Affairs (staff award); Dr. Rosalie Corona, Department of Psychology, College of Humanities and Sciences (faculty award), Dr. Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves, School of Education and, School of Engineering (faculty and Riese-Melton awards); Ali R. Salman, Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering (student award); and Beverly A. Walker, University Student Commons and Activities (administrator award).

The PACME awards represent VCU’s core mission and culture of fostering a climate of excellence, diversity, and inclusiveness, for everyone. Thank you to all of our university members who go that extra mile in promoting this mission.

For award criteria and other information, visit our PACME website page.

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