The Queer Research and Advocacy Center at VCU, known as the Q Collective, is a creative and intellectual hub in support of LGBTQIA+ artistic and scholarly activities among faculty, staff, students and the Greater Richmond community. We aim to establish VCU as a national leader in a rapidly growing and evolving field.
Scholarship and advocacy
The Q Collective supports LGBTQIA+ scholarship and advocacy though a multi-pronged focus on research, creative expression and education.
We continue to help build the critical mass of scholars and teachers who are focused on LGBTQIA+ advocacy and inclusion. Momentum has gathered in recent years to increase VCU’s investment in LGBTQIA+ studies. This includes:
- Hiring three new tenure-track faculty focused on LGBTQIA+ topics through the Big Ideas initiative
- Recruiting faculty to fill transdisciplinary core research in LGBTQIA+ intersectionality
- Introducing a new interdisciplinary minor in LGBTQIA+ and queer studies
Communication and collaboration
While there are many people in the VCU community doing excellent LGBTQIA+ research and advocacy work, even those who are involved don’t always see what's being done in other departments and units.
The Q collective will help bridge this gap by:
- Informing the community on the scholarship and work being done at VCU
- Creating opportunities for collaboration among faculty, staff and students
- Raising awareness about resources
The Q Collective will not be an isolated institution. The center will form partnerships with academic and non-academic units and provide opportunities for the entire community. This includes:
- Engaging the broader LGBTQIA+ community on campus and in the Richmond community
- Providing community partners with resources and opportunities
The Q Collective will continue to elevate VCU to a position of national prominence in this important area of work. The center will stand out on the national higher education landscape as a rare effort to merge research, scholarship, creativity and advocacy to bring greater awareness to issues that affect LGBTQIA+ populations and communities.
Q Collective committee members
Richard Godbeer, Ph.D.