Celebrate Latinx Month

September 13, 2016

Latinx Heritage Month kicks off on Thursday, September 15th at 12 noon, at the University Student Commons, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.  Events through October 14, 2016, are located both on and off campus.  For additional information please contact the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at: (804) 828-6672, or visit the OMSA website:

For a complete list of events:  Latinx Heritage Month Calendar of Events.

VCU School of Education hosts Race, Ethnicity and Education Teach-in

August 29, 2016

What do race and ethnicity have to do with education? What can educators, policymakers and parents learn by focusing on race and ethnicity? How can we improve education by paying attention to these issues? These and other questions will be addressed during a teach-in held by the VCU School of Education during the week of Sept. 19.
Instructors and students will consider questions of race and ethnicity relevant to the topic of the class, encouraging a shift from seeing race and ethnicity as abstract ideas, to seeing race and ethnicity as lived realities in schools and society.  For more information visit the School of Education website.

The Humanities Research Center presents: Native American Knowledge and the Environment

August 26, 2016

The Humanities Research Center presents:  Native American Knowledge and the Environment
The implications of climate change, environmental damage, and alternative sources of energy are attracting increasing attention - but less attention is paid to alternative knowledges. This speaker series, presented by the Humanities Research Center, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, features three leading scholars of Native American knowledge as it relates to the environment.
Presentations by three scholar activists,  Dr. Daniel Wildcat (Exercising Indigenuity), Dr. Deborah McGregor (Applying Indigenous Legal Traditions), and Dr. Clint Carroll (Landscapes of Renewal) explore indigenous knowledge systems and their applications in water and environmental governance, environmental justice, and sustainable development. This Fall, discover different ways of engaging with our world and exciting possibilities for our collective future.  Read more

VCU Faculty Convocation

August 23, 2016

The 2016 VCU Faculty Convocation will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Avenue on the Monroe Park Campus.  Awards will be presented to faculty members who have distinguished themselves and the university through their commitment to excellence, service, teaching and scholarship.  VCU will live stream the event online at

Read more about the convocation and this year's distinguished honorees:  VCU News.

Please RSVP to the president's office, here:  2016 Faculty Convocation

VCUPD chief: U.S. law enforcement ‘needs a new scorecard’

July 21, 2016

People are clamoring to improve trust between communities and the police, even as fatal events across the country widen divisions between law enforcement and the public, Virginia Commonwealth University Police Chief John Venuti said Thursday.

“America is screaming for changes,” Venuti said at a local forum on diversity and inclusion. “As loud as the cries are for change, we continue to see these horrific events — events that happen hundreds of miles away that shatter the trust that people have in regional law enforcement.”

Speaking at the Greater Richmond Society of Human Resource Management and VCU Diversity and Inclusion Symposium, Venuti and Eric English, deputy chief of the Richmond Police Department, discussed steps their departments have taken to improve trust between communities and the police. The symposium brought together public and private organizations to talk about key issues in diversity and inclusion, and also featured a roundtable discussion that included VCU Health CEO Marsha Rappley.

At the heart of the effort, Venuti said, is a style of policing based on understanding local needs. That means increasing demographic diversity among officers and using technology and data to improve effectiveness and transparency.

“As far as inclusion, we try to mirror our community in our hiring practices,” English said. “Sometimes that’s difficult. But it helps you build better relationships and form partnerships.”

Those partnerships with groups, organizations and individual citizens are critical, English and Venuti said. Gone are the days of using only crime data to determine the effectiveness of law enforcement.

“Ultimately, those healthy relationships between police and communities, that’s where trust is formed,” Venuti said. “Measuring crime is an important statistic, but it's not the only thing we need. America needs a new scorecard.”

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