Events

Diversity at VCU and Beyond

Diversity and inclusion events at VCU take place across campus and throughout Richmond. Check each month below for a full listing of upcoming events.

October

October Events, 2017:

October 2017: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs recruits members to join the American Indian Heritage Month Committee. If interested in becoming a part of the committee to help plan events and provide ideas, use the contact information below. All identities are welcome. For more information, contact Kishla Conner at connerka2@mymail.vcu.edu.

October 2017: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs is currently recruiting members to join the Black History Month Committee. If interested in joining, use the contact information below. For more information, contact Kishla Conner at connerka2@mymail.vcu.edu.

October 2017: The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs accepts applications for the VCU Leadership Development Program Class of 2018. The goal of this program is to develop approximately 30 current and emerging leaders each year at VCU who represent the academic and administrative units of the university and VCU Health. Applications for the 2018 class are due by Sunday, Oct. 15. For more information, contact The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at gehli@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1169 or visit https://gehli.vcu.edu/programs/vcu-leadership-development/application/.

October 2, 2017: Career Services and Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity holds a lunch and learn in the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms C-D from 12:00pm - 1:30pm, about job and internship opportunities available to students with any form of disability through the Workforce Recruitment Program and Anthem. Strategies and techniques to prepare for and keep your cool during the application and interview process. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Danielle Pearles at ddpearles@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2216.
 
October 3, 2017: The Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs presents the "Executive Police Panel Discussion: Diversity and Inclusion in Policing," featuring panelists from area jurisdictions who will share their expertise on diversity and inclusion surrounding law enforcement as it relates to hiring, recruitment and retention in policing, in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons from 11:00am - 1:00pm. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Chernoh Wurie at cmwurie@vcu.edu or visit http://www.wilder.vcu.edu.
 
October 3, 2017: The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs celebrates Latinx Heritage Month by inviting the VCU community to learn how to salsa on the Commons Plaza from noon to 1:00pm. For more information, contact Kishla Conner at connerka2@mymail.vcu.edu.
 
October 3-4, 2017: The Division for Inclusive Excellence invites faculty, administrators and staff to attend a two-day workshop in Snead Hall for Building Inclusive Communities (BIC). This initiative supports the university community in creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment. Seating is limited and advanced registration is required. Please register here: https://training.vcu.edu/course_detail.asp?ID=16027
 
October 4, 2017:  Celebrate the 2017 Service Awards, the 46th annual service awards celebration for VCU and VCU Health faculty and staff with five to 55 years of service. The ceremony and reception is from 3-5 p.m. in the Stuart C. Siegel Center. For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at dmfitzge@vcu.edu or visit Rewards and Recognition at the the Human Resources website.
 
October 4, 2017: The Global Education Office invites all members of the university community to its monthly Global Café in the University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms A-D from noon - 2:30pm. Attendees will experience a variety of cuisines and cultures from around the world. This student-centered program is designed to increase awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity at VCU. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet students from across the globe. Each café has a different theme and refreshments are always served. Everyone is welcome at this free event. For more information, contact Nichole George at georgenl@vcu.edu or visit http://www.global.vcu.edu/students/community/globalcafe/.
 
October 5, 2017: The Department of African American Studies hosts a fall open house at Harrison House from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Attendees will learn more about the African American Studies program and major, meet faculty and students, enjoy light refreshments and see a pop-up gallery of student artwork. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Brandi Summers at btsummers@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1371. 
 
October 6, 2017: The Sikh Student Association invites the VCU community to its biannual Langar event on the Commons Plaza from noon to 4:00pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the Sikh practice of Langar, or community kitchen. Students will also have the opportunity to enjoy free traditional Panjabi food and try on a Turban while learning more about the Sikh faith and interacting with members of the Sikh community at VCU. For more information, contact Namsimar Kaur at kaurn23@vcu.edu.
 
October 6, 2017: The Anderson and the VCU Muslim Student Association are pleased to announce a call to all VCU and VCUQatar students to participate in a juried exhibition of student photography. The call seeks works that provides interesting and insightful perspectives on contemporary Muslim life throughout the world. Participants do not have to be practicing art students and up to three submissions to this site are permitted. The deadline to submit is October 6, 2017.
 
October 6, 2017: The Anderson at VCU and The Richmond Cookbook project present the Richmond Potluck, a citywide potluck and benefit show for Puerto Rico relief from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. The potluck will feature homemade food from residents throughout the city, live art and musical performances, an open mic led by local poets and an art sale by VCUarts students and local artists to raise money for Puerto Rico. The Anderson will serve as a drop-off location for donations for Puerto Rico relief from September 29 - October 9. For more information, contact Steven Casanova at casanovasj@vcu.edu.
 
October 7, 2017: The Department of English invites the VCU community to Cabell Library, Third Floor Lecture Hall at 3:00pm, to hear Ghanaian poet and scholar Kofi Anyidoho speak on African literature in memory of English Professor Emeritus Richard Priebe, who passed away on June 9. Anyidoho is Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies at the University of Ghana. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact David Latane at dlatane@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1331 or visit https://english.vcu.edu/news-events/events/.
 
October 8, 2017: The Department of Music presents Sonia Vlahcevic's faculty recital in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall at 4:00pm. This recital will feature music from Igor Stravinsky, George Crumb and John Cage, and will include performances by a variety of VCU Music faculty members. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Anne Marie Dumain at dumainamm@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1166 or visit http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/.
 
October 10, 2017: The Department of African American Studies hosts a pop-up art show on the first floor of Harrison House through Thursday, Oct. 26th from 8:00am - 5:00pm. The show exhibits student artwork, primarily by African American Studies students and members of Black Art Student Empowerment. Harrison House is open to visitors during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, contact Brandi Summers at btsummers@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1371.
 
October 10, 2017: The Division for Inclusive Excellence invites faculty, administrators and staff to attend a one-day workshop in Cabell Library, Room 303 for Building Inclusive Communities (BIC). This initiative supports the university community in creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment. Seating is limited and advanced registration is required. Please register here: https://training.vcu.edu/course_detail.asp?ID=16023
 
October 11, 2017: The Bangladeshi Student Organization at VCU holds its first general body meeting of the semester in the University Student Commons, Forum Room, for students to meet the executive board and learn more about the organization and its upcoming plans for the year at 5:30pm. Snacks and entertainment will be provided. For more information, contact Noble Chowdhury at chowdhurynb@vcu.edu.
 
October 11, 2017: VCU Globe and the Peace Corps host a film screening of "Girl Rising" in West Grace Street Student Housing-North, Room 1030J from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Attendees will enjoy a free screening of "Girl Rising," a documentary about the transformative power of education for girls around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominated director, Richard E. Robbins, "Girl Rising" follows nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. For more information, contact Emily Krupp at kruppec@vcu.edu or visit http://peacecorps.gov.
 
October 12, 2017: The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, in the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, 2017 class of the VCU Leadership Development Program make their final presentations in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons I-II from 10:00am - 2:45pm. Each year, VCU Leadership participants work together to address an issue of importance to the university. The presentations are scheduled to allow guests to come and go as needed. A detailed schedule of the presentation can be found by visiting the website below. For more information, contact The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at gehli@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1169 or visit https://gehli.vcu.edu/programs/vcu-leadership-development/team-projects/.
 
October 12, 2017: The Department of Music presents the VCU Fall Jazz Festival in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall at 8:00pm. This popular annual event features the Jazz Orchestra I, Jazz Orchestra II and VCU Jazz faculty. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Free for students with VCU ID. For more information, contact Anne Marie Dumain at dumainamm@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1166 or visit http://arts.vcu.edu/music/events/.
 
October 12, 2017: The Division for Inclusive Excellence invites faculty, administrators and staff to attend a one-day workshop in Cabell Library, Room 303 for Building Inclusive Communities (BIC). This initiative supports the university community in creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment. Seating is limited and advanced registration is required. Please register here: https://training.vcu.edu/course_detail.asp?ID=16024
 
October 12, 2017: Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) presents this month's "Fish Talk" on diversity in the church and how to embrace it in our everyday lives in the parish hall of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 800 Cathedral Place from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. For more information, contact Allison Barnes at barnesam6@mymail.vcu.edu.
 
October 12, 2017: The Department of Political Science presents "The Politics of Citizenship in the Trump-Era" in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 1104 from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. The event will be a question-and-answer discussion on the politics of citizenship under Trump's presidency. Admission is free and all are welcome. To RSVP, visit the website below. For more information, contact Alexandra Reckendorf at anreckendorf@vcu.edu or visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScNApqA-BTBklG27UQbXMpxL5sBe-BihePc3JOQ9GAsj2_XdA/viewform.
 
October 13, 2017:  The Center on Health Disparities invites the VCU community to sample a low sugar lunch and to consider the benefits of being sugar free with speaker, Melissa Burton, in the Larrick Student Center, Jackson Ward Conference Room from noon to 1:00pm. Burton is a cookbook author of "Simple Sugar Free," a local health advocate and VCU staff member. Lunch will be provided. R.S.V.P.s are appreciated by emailing the contact below. For more information, contact Alisa Brewer at alisa.brewer@vcuhealth.org or (804) 827-2075 or visit http://healthdisparities.vcu.edu/.
 
October 13, 2017: Sisters and Stethoscopes at VCU hosts a documentary screening, "Black Women in Medicine," in the Temple Building, Room 1165 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. For more information, contact Andacia K Rhyne at rhyneak@vcu.edu or visit http://sistersandstethoscopes.blogspot.com.
 
October 13, 2017:  The Department of Sociology and the Humanities Research Center present "The Fight for Intersex Human Rights in the 21st Century" with Cary Costello, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, and coordinator, LGBT program, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 1105 at 3:00pm. For more information, contact Liz Coston at ecoston@vcu.edu.
 
October 13, 2017: Strategic Enrollment Management presents "First-Gen Fridays" in the Honors College Multipurpose Room, for students, faculty and staff who will be or were the first in their family to graduate from college from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. "First-Gen Fridays" is an opportunity for first-generation college students to meet each other and faculty from around the university. Academic advisors will be in attendance and pizza will be provided. For more information, contact Elizabeth Bambacus at bambacuses@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3927 or visit https://nsfp.vcu.edu/studentevents/first-gen-fridays/.
 
October 13, 2017: VCU ASPiRE hosts a blood drive at West Grace Street Student Housing-South from 12:00pm - 7:00pm. Walk-ins are welcome. Donors will receive cookies from Red Eye Cookie Co. and Insomnia Cookies in addition to having a chance to enter a Lucky 13 raffle. For more information, contact Melanie Veizaga Zurita at veizagazuritm@vcu.edu.
 
October 16-17, 2017: The Division for Inclusive Excellence invites faculty, administrators and staff to attend a two-day workshop in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom for Building Inclusive Communities (BIC). This initiative supports the university community in creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment. Seating is limited and advanced registration is required. Please register here: https://training.vcu.edu/course_detail.asp?ID=16028
 
October 16, 2017: Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity welcomes comedian, writer and actor, Zach Anner, presenting and hosting a question-and-answer session and book signing of his book, "When Life Gives You a Wheelchair, Make Lemonade," for members of the VCU and Richmond community in the University Student Commons Theater at 12:30pm. Anner gained worldwide attention when he won Oprah's "Your OWN Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star" and through his own YouTube channel with over 300,000 subscribers and over 15 million total views. For more information, contact Ian Kunkes at ibkunkes@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2144 or visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhpUJRGrZgc.
 
October 16, 2017: VCU ASPiRE holds an open house in West Grace Street Student Housing-South, Room 1004 F-G. Attendees will learn how to serve the community locally, nationally and abroad through the ASPiRE Living Learning Program in 2018 and beyond from 6:00pm - 7:00pm. Current ASPiRE students will be available to share program information, personal experiences, application process and answer questions. Cookies and cider will be provided. For more information, contact Jenny Callear at aspire@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1759 or visit https://aspire.vcu.edu/.
 
October 17, 2017:  The Division for Inclusive Excellence and Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity (SAEO) present Conchita Hernandez Legorreta, co-founder of the National Coalition for Latinx with Disabilities, speaking about the intersection of immigration and disability and the importance of translation and interpretation for social justice in West Grace Street Student Housing-South, Room 1004A from 5:00pm - 6:30pm. Hernandez is chair of Mentoring Engaging and Teaching All Students (METAS), a nonprofit organization that trains educators internationally to work with blind/low vision students and students with other disabilities. She also heads the Spanish Translation Committee for the National Federation of the Blind. Free and open to the public. Register by visiting the website below. For more information, contact Division for Inclusive Excellence at inclusive@vcu.edu or (804) 828-8947 or visit http://go.vcu.edu/latinxfallevents.
 
October 17, 2017: VCU Career Services and DART will be hosting a webiner titled "Organizing for Social Justice" from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. The session will discuss careers in community organizing with individuals interested in uniting congregations and working for social, economic and racial justice. For more information, contact Lian Currie at lcurrie@vcu.edu or (804) 828-8162 or visit http://tinyurl.com/ybzulnhn.
 
October 18, 2017: The Department of History presents a lecture by noted Richmond activist, Ben Ragsdale, in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 2100 from 4:00pm - 5:30pm. Ragsdale was an active participant in the anti-war and civil rights movements of the 1960s and 1970s at the national and regional levels. He will share his experiences and impressions of the time and compare those movements to today's activism. For more information, contact John Lemza at lemzajw@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1635 or visit https://history.vcu.edu/people/lemza.html.
 
October 19, 2017: Registration is now open for National Conflict Resolution Day, an annual event hosted by VCU's Office of Ombudsperson at 8:00pm. This year's event features a keynote address by Wayne Blair, university ombuds at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, as well as a hands-on exercise about peaceful conflict resolution. This event will be held from 8:30am - noon at the Larrick Student Center in the Court End Ballroom A. Breakfast will be provided to those who register. Registration is free. Learn more and register here.
 
October 19, 2017: VCU holds a town hall for feedback on its new strategic plan in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 1201 from 2:00pm - 3:30pm. At this town hall, the five work groups will present their draft themes and goals that will make up the backbone of the new plan, and introduce their preliminary work on implementation. For more information, contact Tom Myrick at myrickte@vcu.edu or visit http://quest.vcu.edu.
 
October 19, 2017: The Muslim Students Association presents "Roots 2" in the Trani Center for Life Sciences, Room 253. This is an educational event featuring a student leading a discussion and talk on any topic that is relevant to daily life on campus and usually ties back to Islamic roots. For details, email vcumsa@gmail.com For more information, contact Moazan Rehman at rehmanm@vcu.edu or (804) 833-1713.
 
October 19-20, 2017: The Division for Inclusive Excellence invites faculty, administrators and staff to attend a two-day workshop in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom for Building Inclusive Communities (BIC). This initiative supports the university community in creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment. Seating is limited and advanced registration is required. Please register here: https://training.vcu.edu/course_detail.asp?ID=16029
 
October 22, 2017: Tiranga Indian Nationals at VCU welcomes the VCU community to "UTSAV-2017" to celebrate the "Festival of Light" in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballrooms A-B from 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Attendees will experience a glimpse of exotic Indian culture with delicious Indian food, music and dance performances. Additional attractions include liquid nitrogen ice cream, a fashion show and exciting prizes. All are welcome to the organization's biggest event. For more information, contact Atanu Giri at giria@vcu.edu.
 
October 23, 2017: Perspectives on Health Equity and Access, featuring Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. Chairman of the Board of the National Health Museum in Atlanta, Georgia and Chairman of the Washington, D.C. based Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions.  12 - 1:00 pm at the Molecular Medical Research Building (1220 E. Broad Street) Rooms 1009-1011.  Light fare will be provided to those that RSVP.  This event is co-sponsored by VCU Academic Health Sciences, Department of Patient Counseling, Department of Pastoral Care, Health Department of Education & Professional Development, and the School of Allied Health Professions.  RSVP here.
 
October 24, 2017: VCU Globe hosts an open house in West Grace Street Student Housing-North from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Attendees will learn about the program and have questions answered by Globe staff. Applications are being accepted and the priority deadline is Friday, Nov. 3. For more information, contact Ross Losapio at losapior@vcu.edu.
 
October 24, 2017: VCU holds a town hall for feedback on its new strategic plan in the Egyptian Building, Baruch Auditorium from 3:30pm - 5:00pm. At this town hall, the five work groups will present their draft themes and goals that will make up the backbone of the new plan, and introduce their preliminary work on implementation. For more information, contact Tom Myrick at myrickte@vcu.edu or visit http://quest.vcu.edu.
 
Thursday, October 26, 2017:  “Can we survive mainstreaming? Trans politics and Criminal Punishment Reform” with guest speaker Dean Spade, Associate Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law, at 7:00pm at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts (922 Park Ave).  Admission is free and all are welcome.  For more information on the Humanities Research Center Fall 2017 Speaker Series, view this link.

 

November

November Events, 2017:

November 1, 2017: The Division for Inclusive Excellence invites faculty, administrators and staff to attend a one-day workshop in the Larrick Student Center (MCV), Court End Ballroom, for Building Inclusive Communities (BIC). This initiative supports the university community in creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment. Seating is limited and advanced registration is required. Please register here: https://training.vcu.edu/course_detail.asp?ID=16025

November 1, 2017: The Hampton Roads Diversity & Inclusion Consortium, in partnership with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, is proud to present the 4th Annual Eastern Virginia Regional Diversity & Inclusion Conference. This day-long conference will explore Diversity & Inclusion through the theme "Moving from Awareness to Action", with a panel discussion, workshops, and a keynote address at lunch. Please view the conference schedule along with more information here.

November 2, 2017: The Division for Inclusive Excellence invites faculty, administrators and staff to attend a one-day workshop in the Larrick Student Center (MCV), Court End Ballroom, for Building Inclusive Communities (BIC). This initiative supports the university community in creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment. Seating is limited and advanced registration is required. Please register here: https://training.vcu.edu/course_detail.asp?ID=16026

November 3, 2017:Join the VCU Center on Health Disparities for lunch and conversation. Grab ideas and network for classrooms, the work place, friends, community and volunteer opportunities! The Richmond EssentiALZ Rountable from the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Richmond will be held in the VCU Larrick Student Center (900 Turpin Street - Jackson Ward Conference Room) from 12pm-1pm. Please find more information on their Facebook page.

December

December Events, 2017: 

December 1-2, 2017: LGBTQIA+ Leadership Conference: NSLDC Pride is a leadership conference which provides student leaders with the skillsets to encourage a society free of anti-LGBTQA+ prejudice, bigotry and hate on their campuses. Through experiential workshops, keynote sessions, and roundtable discussions; students will be given the tools to become stronger leaders and allies to the LGBTQA+ community by practicing inclusion in their organizations and on their campuses. During the conference students will be led through facilitated workshops to develop a campus action plan to bring back to their own campuses and communities. Check out the NSLDC PRIDE website for more information. 

January

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February

February Events, 2018:

February 9, 2018: Join the VCU Center on Health Disparities for lunch and conversation. Grab ideas and network for classrooms, the work place, friends, community and volunteer opportunities! The Hands-Only CPR, a free annual training, Rountable with the Richmond Ambulance Authority will be held in the VCU Larrick Student Center (900 Turpin Street - Jackson Ward Conference Room) from 12pm-1pm. Please find more information on their Facebook page.

February 23, 2018: Join the VCU Center on Health Disparities for lunch and conversation. Grab ideas and network for classrooms, the work place, friends, community and volunteer opportunities! The Fraud and Reproducibility: Conflict of interest concerns for you and research integrity Rountable with Cristen Jandreau, PhD of VCU's Office of Research and Innovation will be held in the VCU Larrick Student Center (900 Turpin Street - Jackson Ward Conference Room) from 12pm-1pm. Please find more information on their Facebook page.

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April

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April 6, 2018:  Join the VCU Center on Health Disparities for lunch and conversation. Grab ideas and network for classrooms, the work place, friends, community and volunteer opportunities! The Health Insurance, Saftey Nets, and Virginia Coordinated Care Rountable with Community Outreach Manager, Kimberly Lewis, MEd, MCHES will be held in the VCU Larrick Student Center (900 Turpin Street - Jackson Ward Conference Room) from 12pm-1pm. Please find more information on their Facebook page.

April 26, 2018:  Everyone is invited to the 2018 PACME Celebration from 3-5:00pm at the VCU Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom. The annual Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment recognize contributions and efforts made toward enhancing the goals of inclusive excellence and VCU’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.  For more information visit the Diversity Awards page at the Division for Inclusive Excellence website.

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The Division for Inclusive Excellence would like to include your events here in our monthly calendar.  Please send us the event information (trainings, socials, forums, presentations, etc.) using this google form.  For community events please indicate the VCU sponsor or affiliate.
 
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Add your event to the VCU calendar. If you have a diversity and inclusion event and would like to include it on this calendar, submit your event to the VCU Events Calendar with your VCU eID and password. Be sure to use one or more of the following keywords in the field "RSS Keywords": diversity, inclusion, multicultural.