LGBTQ@VCU: Celebrating Forty Years of LGBTQ Activism at VCU

August 25, 2016

Celebrate 40 years of LGBTQ activism and milestones at Virginia Commonwealth University with special events, programs and receptions, starting October 4th and cumulating on October 27th.  Read here for more information:  Celebrating Forty Years of LGBTQ Activism at VCU.
Starting Tuesday, October 4, 2016, VCU commemorates the official recognition of our first LGBTQ student group, the Gay Alliance of Students, with Trials and Triumphs, 1974-76:  The Struggle for Recognition of VCU’s first Gay Student Group, at 12 noon at the Cabell Library Lecture Hall, 901 Park Avenue.  The event will be followed by a reception at 1:30pm.  The 2016 annual LGBT Burnside Watstein Awards ceremony starts at 3pm.  Guests are welcome to attend all three events on October 4th, or, singular events.  There is no charge and everyone is welcome.
The Humanities Research Center Speaker Series includes guest speaker and historian, Dr. Marc Stein, who will discuss Students, Sodomy, and the State: LGBT Campus Struggles in the 1970s, Thursday October 13 at 4pm at the University Student Commons.  The series concludes on October 27th at the Siegel Center, at 6:00pm, with guest keynote speaker, tennis superstar and advocate for women and LGBTQ people, Billie Jean King.  Everyone is welcome, and admission is free.
This series of events is co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Division for Inclusive Excellence, the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences, Equity and Access Services, the Division of Student Affairs, VCU Athletics, the VCU Libraries, VCU Alumni Rainbow Rams, the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, the College of Humanities and Sciences, and Equality VCU. 

Building Inclusive Communities

September 6, 2016

The VCU Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) program promotes our institution’s mission of inclusive excellence by encouraging a climate of intercultural respect and understanding. Through activities, examples, and group discussions, BIC explores how diversity affects our workplaces and our communities. The program provides a framework for examining power differentials across a range of traits such as race, class, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, employment status, veteran status, language, and immigration status.  Inclusion and equity are inseparable from our institutional mission, and central to our success.
BIC offers an outstanding opportunity for professional development open to VCU employees who would like to become certified BIC facilitators.  The initial 4-day training session is planned for October 2016, with subsequent trainings to follow.  The application deadline is Monday, September 19, 2016.  Click here for additional information and to apply.

Welcome to the 2016-17 Academic Year

September 7, 2016

As we begin the 2016-17 academic year, we understand that we return to the VCU campus community having shared the immense challenges and losses experienced throughout the nation and across the globe.  The backdrop of those events makes it vitally important that we continue the candid and supportive conversations on inclusion, equity, access, and diversity that continue from last year.
Many members of the campus community have worked diligently over the summer on a number of initiatives to strengthen the VCU culture across both the Monroe and Health Sciences campuses.   The goal of these efforts has been to focus our collective talents, concerns, skills and commitment to the critical inclusion, equity and social justice issues faced by the members of VCU community. 
This academic year will provide a number of opportunities to celebrate and acknowledge our history and progress. This will include commemorating the 40th anniversary of the official recognition of the Gay Alliance of Students at VCU with the Humanities Research Center’s Speaker’s series featuring historian Marc Stein and iconic advocate Billie Jean King. 
The university community will also have the opportunity to continue its discussion on critical university, national and global issues at the upcoming President's Forum on Social Justice this Fall.
This fall, we also will continue work on the university’s new diversity inclusion strategic plan, inviting the broader university community to provide feedback and input on the draft, which has been developed by the Council for Inclusive Excellence and Equity. 
As the new academic year kicks off, please check the calendar events on our website for upcoming welcoming receptions and events. We’d also invite you to stop in the Division Offices (817 South Cathedral Place) for coffee and discussion on your ideas, concerns and recommendations on September 20th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (To help us with the ‘cookie count,’ please send a quick email to to let us know if you can join us.  It will be most helpful if you could email and let us know by Friday, September 15th).
VCU has incredibly important work ahead this year, and we each have significant contributions to make to our university. We look forward to our collective work supporting VCU's continued progress and development as an inclusive, diverse, just, and welcoming community.

Celebrate Latinx Month

September 13, 2016

Latinx Heritage Month kicks off on Thursday, September 15th at 12 noon, at the University Student Commons, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.  Events through October 14, 2016, are located both on and off campus.  For additional information please contact the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at: (804) 828-6672, or visit the OMSA website:

For a complete list of events:  Latinx Heritage Month Calendar of Events.

VCU School of Education hosts Race, Ethnicity and Education Teach-in

August 29, 2016

What do race and ethnicity have to do with education? What can educators, policymakers and parents learn by focusing on race and ethnicity? How can we improve education by paying attention to these issues? These and other questions will be addressed during a teach-in held by the VCU School of Education during the week of Sept. 19.
Instructors and students will consider questions of race and ethnicity relevant to the topic of the class, encouraging a shift from seeing race and ethnicity as abstract ideas, to seeing race and ethnicity as lived realities in schools and society.  For more information visit the School of Education website.
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