Meet some of the remarkable students who received their degrees this December

December 7, 2016

Division for Inclusive Excellence student assistant, Arshelle Carter, is one of many remarkable students at VCU who are receiving their degrees this December.  Arshelle graduates this week with dual degrees in business management and international studies and a minor in Spanish, and is heading to Washington DC for a semester fellowship at the Partnership for Public Service.
The Division offers its heartfelt congratulations to Arshelle, and to all of our VCU graduates.  Read more here.

Help the Disadvantaged

December 6, 2016

Dear Friends and Colleagues: 

Please consider helping the VCU Staff Senate, and the Health House Calls Unit, to provide a little holiday magic to the older adults in our community.  They are in need of items you may already have:  toiletries, non-perishable food, stamps, stationary, and various other household needs.  You can ‘adopt a patient’ or simply donate an item.  View the flyer:  Help the Disadvantaged This Holiday Season.

Boxes will be in place for your donations at the VCU Ginter House (Monroe Park Campus) and in Sanger Hall, Room 1-055 (MCV).  For more information, contact Sania Marcoccia, President of the VCU Staff Senate at:

Thank you, and Happy Holidays!


The UNITY Project: Forming a Canopy of Interconnectedness

November 20, 2016

Compelled to counter the divisiveness, negativity and bigotry of our country’s national political conversation, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Psychology, Division for Inclusive Excellence, and Partnership for People with Disabilities at the School of Education, are partnering to launch UNITY, a public interactive art project from Thursday, November 17 through Sunday, November 20. This event will be held from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily, is open to the VCU and RVA community, and will take place in front of the James Branch Cabell Library (902 Park Avenue) at the VCU Monroe Park Campus.

The UNITY event at VCU will offer a circular arrangement of poles; each pole labeled with an identifier. For example: I’m a parent, I speak English as a Second Language, I identify as LGBTQ, etc.  With yarn, participants connect to the poles they identify with, forming a canopy of interconnectedness that grows as more people participate.  Unity celebrates the unique individual and raises awareness of how labels impact our perceptions and interactions with the world.

Everyone is invited to participate in this event to help change the tone of our national conversation and encourage a renewed spirit of optimism, camaraderie and respect.  One especially significant goal is to prompt unitive leadership as we move toward and beyond the November 2016 elections, for campuses and communities around the country.

UNITY is part of Nancy Belmont’s #WeLiveBig initiative to promote human flourishing. Learn more about the project here.

We’d love to have a few extra pairs of hands!  Do you have a few hours to spend helping others create our web of interconnectedness?  Sign up for a time slot in this form - the first 40 volunteers receive a free UNITY t-shirt (available sizes may be limited).

Please contact Jen Elswick at or (804) 828-1195 for more information. 

Celebration of 40 years of LGBTQ Activism at VCU closes with Billie Jean King

October 27, 2016

Closing the month long celebration of 40 years of LGBTQ Activism at Virginia Commonwealth University, tennis icon and equality advocate Billie Jean King urges everyone to be their authentic selves.  Read more here.

This historic event was organized by the Humanities Research Center in the College of Humanities and Sciences, and co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Division for Inclusive Excellence, the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences, Equity and Access Services, the Division of Student Affairs, VCU Athletics, the VCU Libraries, VCU Alumni Rainbow Rams, the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, and Sciences, and Equality VCU. 

The President’s Forum on Social Justice Draws Hundreds

October 13, 2016

The President’s Forum on Social Justice attracted approximately 500 students, faculty and staff to discuss local, national and global concerns, and offer insight and ideas for solutions.
Discussion with President Michael Rao, forum moderator Kevin Allison, Ph.D., and speakers representing both campus and community entities, included such issues as gentrification, law enforcement, discrimination and Islamophobia.
Recommended actions from the forum will be submitted to the President’s Action Group on Diversity and Inclusion.  Read more here.
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