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.

The Intersection of Health & Politics: A Community Forum with Governor L. Douglas Wilder and Dr. Louis W. Sullivan

October 6, 2016

The James River Valley (VA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, will host a provocative forum with two history-making, renowned speakers; Governor L. Douglas Wilder and Dr. Louis W. Sullivan.
This public event will take place at the Claude G. Perkins Living and Learning Center on the campus of Virginia Union University on Monday, October 10, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm., and includes a reception with the speakers. This is a FREE community service event.   For additional information visit the James River Valley Links website:

National Conflict Resolution Day 2016 at VCU

October 6, 2016

Join the VCU Office of the Ombudsperson for National Conflict Resolution Day on October 20, 2016 in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons I and II, from 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon. 

National Conflict Resolution Day is a global event to promote the concept of peaceful conflict resolution. This event includes a panel discussion featuring VCU leadership, as well as a keynote address by Sean Banks, Director of Ombuds Services and Corporate Ombuds at Shell Oil Company. Banks will present Matters of Perspective: The Potential Role of Conflict Resolution in the INCLUSION (R)EVOLUTION. This event is free and open to the public.  Learn more and register online:  View the flyer here:  National Conflict Resolution Day 2016.

LGBTQ@VCU: Celebrating Forty Years of LGBTQ Activism at VCU

August 25, 2016

Celebrate 40 years of LGBTQ activism and milestones at Virginia Commonwealth University with special events, programs and receptions, starting October 4th and cumulating on October 27th.  Read here for more information:  Celebrating Forty Years of LGBTQ Activism at VCU.
Starting Tuesday, October 4, 2016, VCU commemorates the official recognition of our first LGBTQ student group, the Gay Alliance of Students, with Trials and Triumphs, 1974-76:  The Struggle for Recognition of VCU’s first Gay Student Group, at 12 noon at the Cabell Library Lecture Hall, 901 Park Avenue.  The event will be followed by a reception at 1:30pm.  The 2016 annual LGBT Burnside Watstein Awards ceremony starts at 3pm.  Guests are welcome to attend all three events on October 4th, or, singular events.  There is no charge and everyone is welcome.
The Humanities Research Center Speaker Series includes guest speaker and historian, Dr. Marc Stein, who will discuss Students, Sodomy, and the State: LGBT Campus Struggles in the 1970s, Thursday October 13 at 4pm at the University Student Commons.  The series concludes on October 27th at the Siegel Center, at 6:00pm, with guest keynote speaker, tennis superstar and advocate for women and LGBTQ people, Billie Jean King.  Everyone is welcome, and admission is free.
This series of events is 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, the College of Humanities and Sciences, and Equality VCU. 

Building Inclusive Communities

September 6, 2016

The VCU Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) program promotes our institution’s mission of inclusive excellence by encouraging a climate of intercultural respect and understanding. Through activities, examples, and group discussions, BIC explores how diversity affects our workplaces and our communities. The program provides a framework for examining power differentials across a range of traits such as race, class, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, employment status, veteran status, language, and immigration status.  Inclusion and equity are inseparable from our institutional mission, and central to our success.
BIC offers an outstanding opportunity for professional development open to VCU employees who would like to become certified BIC facilitators.  The initial 4-day training session is planned for October 2016, with subsequent trainings to follow.  The application deadline is Monday, September 19, 2016.  Click here for additional information and to apply.
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