The president has appointed a five-member group to oversee and coordinate the timely implementation of these executive initiatives. They are responsible for providing strategic input and institutional resources to support diversity and inclusion goals. They will also take steps to make long-term, sustainable changes.
The members include:
Gail Hackett, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Marsha Rappley, Ph.D., Vice President for Health Sciences and VCU Health Systems CEO
Laura Walsh Rugless, Director of Equity & Access Services and Title IX Coordinator
Cathleen Burke, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
J R Hipple, President of SIR Communications
Rosalyn Hargraves, Ph.D., Special Assistant for Inclusive Excellence and Assessment; Associate professor, School of Education; Associate professor, School of Engineering
Alternate members include:
Provide insight and input to help create, shape, and strengthen VCU’s efforts to advance inclusion, equity, and diversity & help PAGDI effectively collaborate with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community groups on this work.
Members of the Advisory Board include over 30 representatives from Rainbow Rams, African American Alumni Council, Latino Alumni Council, Board of Visitors Student Representatives, Equality VCU, Black Educators Association, Black VCU Speaks, Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, Student Government Association, and various student leaders from student organizations.