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.
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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.

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:

Screening of the Documentary, Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America

April 13, 2017

Everyone is invited to a screening of the acclaimed documentary, Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 3:00pm in the Cabell Library Lecture Hall, Room 303, 901 Park Avenue (Monroe Park Campus).  This event will feature questions and answers following the screening with special guests, director, producer, and writer Tiffany Rhynard, writer, editor and producer Heather Mathews, and the producer and lead subject of the documentary, Moises Serrano.  View the Flyer here:  Forbidden-Undocumented and Queer in Rural America.


This event is free and open to the public.  For information, contact the Division for Inclusive Excellence at: 804.828.8947,

VCU Police Headquarters: New Home for Transgender Day of Remembrance Tree

March 31, 2017

On March 31, International Trans Day of Visibility, Richmond and VCU Police collaborated to dedicate a cherry tree to honor transgender lives lost to violence.
Guests included representatives from local law enforcement agencies, VCU staff who specialize in LGBTQIA+ programming on campus, and allies who work with the LGBTQIA+ community citywide.  Read More

Immigration and Race Symposium at VCU

April 5, 2017

Everyone is invited to attend the Immigration and Race Symposium at VCU, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, from 3:30 pm - 6:15 pm. Location is the Academic Learning Commons at 1000 Floyd Avenue, Room 1102.

Panel 1, starting at 3:30 pm will discuss Immigration Policy and its Impact on Education, with Mona Siddiqui, JD, and Saltanat Liebert, PhD, from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

At 5:00 PM, Panel 2 will discuss Ethical and Historical Insights on Immigration, with Javier Hidalgo, PhD, University of Richmond, and Melis Hafez, PhD, VCU Department of History.

This event is free and open to the public:  Immigration and Race Symposium at VCU.

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