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President Michael Rao invites you to join him for the State of the University Address

January 26, 2017

President Michael Rao invites you to join him for the VCU State of the University Address on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the James Branch Cabell Library Lecture Hall, Room 303.
 
Virginia Commonwealth University was founded as an urban university focused on serving the needs of its community. Nearly a half century later, we continue that mission with purpose and conviction. Join President Rao for a conversation about how VCU is doing what may seem impossible for others: tackling head-on the confounding social and cultural issues of our time through education, innovation, creativity, service and care.
 
Seating is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP by January 24, 2017.
 
For special accommodations, contact Arianne Dowdell at (804) 828-8851.

2017 MLK Celebration Week at VCU

January 16, 2017

Beginning January 16, 2017, VCU celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of events including a silent candlelight vigil, MLK legacy night, community service activities, and more.
 
The MLK Celebration Week was established in 2014 to honor and raise awareness of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through VCU and Richmond community-wide educational programs that commemorate his distinguished contributions, leadership, spirit of service, and dedication to nonviolence and justice.  Week-long events include a silent candlelight vigil and march from Monroe Park to the VCU Compass, the MLK birthday celebration and service, campus climate discussion, MLK legacy night, community service events, movies and other activities, cumulating on January 22nd with the MLK Community Dinner.  View the full event schedule here:  MLK Celebration 2017.

The art of expression: VCU student gives back to the community through art, activism and service

January 11, 2017

VCU senior Angelique Scott, fomer student assistant for diversity at the Division for Inclusive Excellence, lives her committment by giving back to the community through art, activism and service.  Read more here.

Creating Change Conference 2017

January 18, 2017

The National LGBTQ Task Force sponsors and organizes the Creating Change Conference, the pre-eminent political, leadership, and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ social justice movement.  Since 1988, Creating Change has created the opportunity for people to develop and hone their skills, celebrate victories, build community, and to be inspired by visionaries of the LGBTQ movement and allied movements for justice and equality.  The conference will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel in Philadelphia, PA, January 18–22, 2017.
 
Equality VCU hopes to offer stipends to staff and faculty in units that do not provide funds for professional development.  Prior to applying for these stipends, please confirm that your unit will not provide funding for your attendance at the Creating Change Conference.   If you are interested, please complete the application here: https://goo.gl/forms/knMidmRtmzeSyWVL2 for a stipend to attend the conference. The stipend will be approximately $1,000, and is provided after the conference.  For more information about VCU's delegation to Creating Change, come to an information session: Wednesday, Nov.  2nd at 3pm in Hibbs 331, and/or Thursday, Nov. 17th at 3pm in Hibbs 331.
 
For more information, contact Camilla Hill in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs: omsa.vcu.edu and visit the Creating Change website:  www.creatingchange.org/.

15th Annual Black History Month Lecture: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

February 9, 2017

Acclaimed multi-genre fiction writer Colson Whitehead presents his latest book, the National Book Award–winning novel, The Underground Railroad, a haunting fusion of historical fiction and magical realism that tells the story of a pair of slaves who attempt to escape the South using an actual secret network of tunnels and tracks beneath the earth.  The event is on February 9, 2017 from 7:00-9:00pm.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will be followed by a book sale and signing, and reception.  Please use this link for additional information.
 
This event is free and open to the public, but please register here.  If special accommodations are needed, or to register offline, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office, at (804) 393-2951 prior to Feb. 7, 2017.
 
This event is presented by VCU Libraries and sponsored by the Friends of VCU Libraries and the Francis M. Foster African-American History Endowment Fund.
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