Sixth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week at VCU

January 10, 2019

Virginia Commonwealth University’s sixth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week begins Jan. 20, 2019. A weeklong series of events - including keynote remarks from Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church Pastor Tyrone Nelson, Rep. A. Donald McEachin, Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras and Christy Coleman, CEO of The American Civil War Museum - will offer the university and Richmond community an opportunity to honor the iconic civil rights leader.

The keynote speeches by Nelson, McEachin, Kamras and Coleman, to be held Jan. 20-25 at various locations on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus, will discuss King’s legacy and ongoing community efforts in the areas of higher education, social justice, public education and fair housing. VCU News article.

For information contact the Division for Inclusive Excellence at: 804-828-8947 or email:

Burnside Watstein Awards Honor Three for Contributions to LGBTQIA+ Community

October 16, 2018

Virginia Commonwealth University recognized three individuals last week at the 13th annual Burnside Watstein LGBTQIA+ Awards, an event that honors those who make a significant difference in the lives of LGBTQIA+ faculty, staff, students, alumni and local community members. Full VCU News article

2018 Career Development Day Conference: Best Together: Transforming Our Careers

October 2, 2018

The VCU Staff Senate and VCU Human Resources are excited to co-sponsor the 2018 Career Development Day Conference, Best Together: Transforming Our Careers, October 18, 2018 at the University Student Commons, Monroe Park Campus. The conference will provide the opportunity to explore a variety of educational and workplace topics, including service excellence, diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, fostering a collaborative environment, and leading your career, self and others, all while networking with peers.

The day will consist of a 2-in-1 format, offering a morning session from 8am-12pm, and afternoon session from 1pm-5pm. Participants can select to attend either session. This year the inaugural VCU Staff Senate Awards for Excellence, the premier university awards offered for staff members of both the VCU and MCV campuses, will be awarded during the morning session. Names of the winners will also be announced in the afternoon. Everyone is invited to come and show their support for our wonderful university staff.

Both the morning and afternoon sessions include a keynote speaker, Career Development Expo, and breakout sessions. Lunch will be provided. For additional information contact Beverly Walker at or visit the Staff Senate website,

VCU Awarded Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

September 17, 2018

The Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award is a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. VCU will be one of 96 recipients recognized in the November 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. Full VCU News article.

Groundbreaking Research in LGBTQ Studies

September 11, 2018

Before a crowd of more than 350 students, faculty, staff and Richmond community members, Virginia Commonwealth University on Thursday, September 6, celebrated the depth and breadth of research in LGBTQ studies that is being conducted across the university.

 At the event, The Future of LGBTQ Studies at VCU: Spotlight on Faculty Research, 14 scholars from the College of Humanities and Sciences, the School of Social Work and VCU Libraries gave a brief overview of their research, and VCU leaders outlined plans for an expansion of LGBTQ research, curriculum, advocacy and community engagement. Full VCU News Article here.

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