Presentation on the President’s Forum on Social Justice and Spring Climate Survey results

February 10, 2017

Members of the VCU and VCU Health System communities attended presentations and discussions on feedback from the fall Presidential Forum on Social Justice, as well as the findings from the 2016 survey on campus climate, on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 and Wednesday, February 8.  View the presentation here:  Social Justice Forum Presentation-February 2017

Register for the 2017 Professional Development Conference

March 8, 2017

The VCU Staff Senate invites you to register for the 2017 Professional Development Conference, March 8-9, 2017.  Location is the University Student Commons (Monroe Park Campus).

Keynote speakers are award-winning lecturer and activist Yewande Austin, and thought leader and wellness motivator Andy Core. Registration is required by March 1st.  Sessions include: Civility in the Age of Polarization, Invest in YOU, and The Ripple Effect.  For additional information visit:

This event is FREE and open to all VCU and VCU Health System Staff.  


VCU's Austin Higgs, Eric King and Paris Prince honored as unsung heroes of Richmond’s black LGBTQ community

February 10, 2017

Among the 17 people recognized at the inaugural “Black and Bold: RVA’s Unsung Black LGBTQ Community Gala” were Austin Higgs, operations coordinator in the office of Equity and Access Services at VCU; Eric King, an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science in the College of Humanities and Sciences; and Paris Fitzgerald Prince, senior LGBTQ equity officer in the office of Equity and Access Services at VCU.  Read more here.

Call for Nominations: 2017 PACME Awards

February 28, 2017

Nominate members of the VCU and VCU Health System communities for the 2017 PACME.  The annual Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment recognize contributions and efforts made toward enhancing the goals of inclusive excellence and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Four separate awards recognize students or student organizations, faculty, classified and hourly staff, and administrators. In addition to the award, each recipient will receive $500.  The Riese-Melton Award, which is given for contributions to cross-cultural relations, is the capstone award. The recipient of this award is chosen from the 2017 PACME recipients and will receive an additional $250.
Nominations are due by February 28, 2017.  Use the online nomination form on the diversity awards page at the Division for Inclusive Excellence website:  View the flyer here and share it with your peers: Call for Nominations-2017 PACME.
SAVE the Date!  The 2017 PACME Celebration is April 20th at 3:00pm in the Commonwealth Ballroom, University Student Commons.  Everyone is invited.
For additional information contact Inclusive Excellence at: 804.828.8947, and:

Diversity Richmond honors Black History Month

February 3, 2017

Diversity Richmond, the LGBTQ community center of Central Virginia, is celebrating the contributions of LGBTQ African Americans through a series of events during February, Black History Month. All are free and open to the public.
“Our events celebrate the work of local black LGBTQ leaders and also offer opportunities for the entire community to learn about the rich diversity of Greater Richmond. We at Diversity Richmond build bridges and tear down walls. What better time to discuss the issues than during Black History Month,” stated Dr. Ravi K. Perry, Diversity Board member and Virginia Commonwealth University professor.
Events start on February 3rd and are scheduled through February 28th.  Read more here.
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