Resources

The Division for Inclusive Excellence at Virginia Commonwealth University offers a wealth of resources that advance and promote a community of committed support without bias.

In-house resource library and recommended readings

The division maintains an in-house resource library with books, videos and other materials to stimulate thinking, raise awareness and enhance understanding of diversity and inclusion. View our complete inventory‌. For library access and other information, contact us at (804) 828-8947 or inclusive@vcu.edu.

In addition, check out the list of recommended readings available online. 

VCU Libraries Diversity Research Guide

This guide provides an overview of resources for learning about and researching general diversity issues including the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Partnership for People with Disabilities, the Virginia Center on Aging, Safe Zone, and various other important campus resources.

Additional division resources include:

Institutional commitment
VCU Libraries Diversity Research Guide
This guide provides an overview of resources for learning about and researching general diversity issues including the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Partnership for People with Disabilities, the Virginia Center on Aging, Safe Zone, and other important campus resources.
 
VCU Ombudsperson
The VCU Ombudsperson’s office assists VCU faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and students in addressing their concerns, settling disputes, managing conflicts and learning more productive ways of communicating. It provides a confidential and neutral place to be heard and receive impartial attention without fear or loss of privacy.
 
Office of Equity and Access Services
The Office of Equity and Access Services provides leadership in the development and enforcement of policies to ensure equal opportunity and access to education and employment. Contact the office if you need to file a discrimination complaint.
 
Division of Inclusive Excellence
The Division for Inclusive Excellence provides leadership in the advancement, support and promotion of inclusion and diversity at VCU. Contact the division with your questions or concerns.
For the LGBT community
  • This guide provides an overview of resources for learning about and researching general diversity issues including the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Partnership for People with Disabilities, the Virginia Center on Aging, Safe Zone, and other important campus resources
  • VCU Safe Zone
    Safe Zone aims to reduce homophobia and heterosexism on the VCU campus to make our campus a safer and freer environment for all members of our community regardless of sexual orientation.
  • College Guide for LGBTQ Students
    A College resource guide for LGBTQ Students at AffordableColleges.com
  • Diversity Richmond
    Diversity Richmond is a 47,000-square-foot community center located in Richmond’s Northside for the use of Central Virginia’s LGBT community and supportive agencies and groups.
  • Side by Side (formerly ROSMY) 
    Side by Side is dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia's LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish. Youth Support Line: 888-644-4390
  • The Wellness Resource Center, which aims to help students achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles, has created a series of Health Living resources that include educational guides on Sexuality and Gender, LGBTQIA+, Trans 101, LGBTQIA+ Allyship, and LGBTQIA+ Resources.
For people of color
  • This guide provides an overview of resources for learning about and researching general diversity issues including the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Equal Employment Opportunities & Affirmative Action, Equity and Access Services, LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index, Partnership for People with Disabilities, the Virginia Center on Aging, Safe Zone, and other important campus resources.
  • VCU African Student Union
    This organization serves to increase awareness of diversity, multicultural and educational aspects of Africa at VCU.
  • Minority Political Leadership Institute
    A collaborative initiative of the VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, MPLI is an intensive seven-month experience designed to promote leadership development for individuals interested in issues important to minority communities.
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
    The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
  • Urban League of Greater Richmond
    The Urban League of Greater Richmond aims to be an advocate for all underserved individuals and families residing in metropolitan Richmond and Petersburg, Va.
  • VCU Black Education Association
    BEA is a community of scholars at VCU committed to advancing institutional equity and diversity through education, research and administrative efforts. Specifically, the BEA seeks to maximize the scholarly contributions and professional experiences of Black faculty and administrators.
For women’s issues
  • VCU Institute for Women’s Health
    The institute seeks to improve the health of women through research, clinical care, education, community outreach and leadership development.
  • United Way Women’s Leadership Council
    The Women’s Leadership Initiative is designed to unite the women of our region to help prepare today’s children to be tomorrow’s leaders by supporting early childhood development work.
For people with disabilities
  • VCU ADA Services
    ADA Services coordinates university programs and assures compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to persons with disabilities. The scope of responsibility includes faculty, staff and student employment, as well as public and student access to university programs and facilities.
  • VCU Disability Support Services
    This office helps VCU create a learning environment where all students have equal access to every aspect of the university’s programs, services and activities.
  • VCU Partnership for People with Disabilities
    Part of the VCU School of Education, the partnership is home to more than 20 federal and state programs that support individuals with disabilities and their families.
  • VCU Students for Disability Advocacy and Awareness
    This student group gives a collective voice to the needs of students with disabilities, looking to find ways of dissolving the boundaries to further accessibility for everyone.
  • Diversity Training and Support Center
    Diversity offers training and support services to individuals with intellectual disabilities to help them achieve the highest degree of independence, integration, productivity and inclusion in the community.
  • Resources for Independent Living Inc.
    Resources for Independent Living assists persons who are severely disabled to live independently in the community, and to encourage necessary change within the community so that independent living is a possibility.
  • Virginia Easy Access
    This website was developed to provide seniors, adults with disabilities, their caregivers and the providers that support them with helpful information about services and supports that are available across the commonwealth.
  • Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
    Offered by the Partnership for People with Disabilities, this advanced-level interdisciplinary leadership training program helps prepare health professionals in the field of childhood neurodevelopmental disabilities and related disciplines for leadership and advocacy roles.
Campus climate and culture
  • VCU Division for Health Sciences Diversity 
    This division serves as a central resource for the development and implementation of diversity initiatives that support the mission of VCU’s health sciences schools.
  • VCU Libraries diversity research guide
    This guide provides an overview of resources for learning about and researching general diversity issues. Links to important VCU resources are also included.
  • VCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
    OMSA assists traditionally underserved and/or underrepresented student populations through advising, support, program development, retention and mentoring and by promoting an appreciation of diversity throughout the campus community.
  • Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
    The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with schools, businesses and communities to achieve success by addressing prejudices, in all forms, in order to improve academic achievement, increase workplace productivity and enhance local trust.
Curriculum and the classroom
  • Speaker's Services (coming soon)
  • Institute on Inclusive Teaching 
    The IIT serves VCU faculty, staff and graduate students with opportunities, strategies and techniques for addressing the inclusiveness of their courses, curricula, programs and service.
  • VCU Center for Teacher Leadership
    Housed in the VCU School of Education, this center promotes and supports teacher leadership by advancing the concept of teachers as change agents, providing high-quality training to develop passionate, effective leaders and sharing the knowledge, experience and insight of teachers with policymakers and other stakeholders.
  • VCU Division for Health Sciences Diversity 
    This division serves as a central resource for the development and implementation of diversity initiatives that support the mission of VCU’s health sciences schools.
  • VCU Green Zone
    The Green Zone program identifies faculty and staff volunteers throughout the university who have received special training and are knowledgeable about student veterans’ issues and resources.
  • VCU Libraries diversity research guide
    This guide provides an overview of resources for learning about and researching general diversity issues. Links to important VCU resources are also included.
  • University of Richmond Center for Leadership in Education
    This center aims to transform how leadership studies are taught and administered in the K-12 setting by preparing students, teachers and administrators in elementary and secondary schools to be active leaders in their schools and in their communities.
  • University of Richmond Common Ground
    Common Ground provides resources and consultation to recruit and retain faculty members of underrepresented minority groups.
  • Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
    The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with schools, businesses and communities to achieve success by addressing prejudices, in all forms, in order to improve academic achievement, increase workplace productivity and enhance local trust.
Professional development
  • Building Inclusive Communities 
    Coordinator for Cultural Competence and Education, and Director for Building Inclusive Communities (BIC), Janice H. Altman, Ph.D., works with constituents across VCU to foster effective interaction between people and groups across a range of similarities and differences to create a truly engaged diverse and inclusive campus environment, and to stay current with the diversity, equity and inclusion needs and issues of our changing VCU community. To initiate a custom session for your unit, contact her at: (804) 828-8947 or visit our Building Inclusive Communities web page.
  • Equity and access training
    Visit the Equity and Access Services website for training opportunities, both mandatory and optional.
  • Leadership and mentoring
    The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute offers professional development opportunities through the following programs: VCU Leadership Program, Department Chairs Certification, HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership and the Minority Political Leadership Institute.
  • Staff seminars (coming soon)
Faculty and staff recruitment and retention
  • VCU Center for Teacher Leadership
    Housed in the VCU School of Education, this center promotes and supports teacher leadership by advancing the concept of teachers as change agents, providing high-quality training to develop passionate, effective leaders and sharing the knowledge, experience and insight of teachers with policymakers and other stakeholders.
  • VCU Black Education Association
    BEA is a community of scholars at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) committed to advancing institutional equity and diversity through education, research and administrative efforts. Specifically, the BEA seeks to maximize the scholarly contributions and professional experiences of Black faculty and administrators.
  • VCU Division for Health Sciences Diversity 
    This division serves as a central resource for the development and implementation of diversity initiatives that support the mission of VCU’s health sciences schools.
  • Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation (iCubed)
    This institute provides guidance and support to senior administrators, academic deans, department heads, and institute and center directors on the creative integration of multiple communities of knowledge to solve societally relevant challenges.
  • University of Richmond Center for Leadership in Education
    This center aims to transform how leadership studies are taught and administered in the K-12 setting by preparing students, teachers and administrators in elementary and secondary schools to be active leaders in their schools and in their communities.
  • University of Richmond Common Ground
    Common Ground provides resources and consultation to recruit and retain faculty members of underrepresented minority groups.
  • Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
    The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with schools, businesses and communities to achieve success by addressing prejudices, in all forms, in order to improve academic achievement, increase workplace productivity and enhance local trust.
  • VCU Child Development Center
    The Child Development Center (CDC) at VCU provides high quality, developmentally appropriate care and education for the children of faculty, staff, and students as well as a model and resource to families, students, and the community.  View our flyer
Student support
  • University Student Commons and Activities — Student Involvement
    In planning and implementing events for the entire VCU community, the USCA strives to assist students in developing an appreciation for diversity, responsibility, critical thinking and sensible skills.
  • Cultural student organizations
    VCU offers more than 30 cultural student organizations, which can be perused in this directory.
  • VCU Center for Teacher Leadership
    Housed in the VCU School of Education, this center promotes and supports teacher leadership by advancing the concept of teachers as change agents, providing high-quality training to develop passionate, effective leaders and sharing the knowledge, experience and insight of teachers with policymakers and other stakeholders.
  • VCU Division for Health Sciences Diversity 
    This division serves as a central resource for the development and implementation of diversity initiatives that support the mission of VCU’s health sciences schools.
  • VCU Green Zone
    The Green Zone program identifies faculty and staff volunteers throughout the university who have received special training and are knowledgeable about student veterans’ issues and resources.
  • VCU Libraries diversity research guide
    This guide provides an overview of resources for learning about and researching general diversity issues. Links to important VCU resources are also included.
  • VCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
    OMSA assists traditionally underserved and/or underrepresented student populations through advising, support, program development, retention and mentoring and by promoting an appreciation of diversity throughout the campus community.
  • University of Richmond Center for Leadership in Education
    This center aims to transform how leadership studies are taught and administered in the K-12 setting by preparing students, teachers and administrators in elementary and secondary schools to be active leaders in their schools and in their communities.