The Humanities Research Center presents: Native American Knowledge and the Environment

August 26, 2016

The Humanities Research Center presents:  Native American Knowledge and the Environment
The implications of climate change, environmental damage, and alternative sources of energy are attracting increasing attention - but less attention is paid to alternative knowledges. This speaker series, presented by the Humanities Research Center, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, features three leading scholars of Native American knowledge as it relates to the environment.
Presentations by three scholar activists,  Dr. Daniel Wildcat (Exercising Indigenuity), Dr. Deborah McGregor (Applying Indigenous Legal Traditions), and Dr. Clint Carroll (Landscapes of Renewal) explore indigenous knowledge systems and their applications in water and environmental governance, environmental justice, and sustainable development. This Fall, discover different ways of engaging with our world and exciting possibilities for our collective future.  Read more

VCU Faculty Convocation

August 23, 2016

The 2016 VCU Faculty Convocation will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Avenue on the Monroe Park Campus.  Awards will be presented to faculty members who have distinguished themselves and the university through their commitment to excellence, service, teaching and scholarship.  VCU will live stream the event online at

Read more about the convocation and this year's distinguished honorees:  VCU News.

Please RSVP to the president's office, here:  2016 Faculty Convocation

VCUPD chief: U.S. law enforcement ‘needs a new scorecard’

July 21, 2016

People are clamoring to improve trust between communities and the police, even as fatal events across the country widen divisions between law enforcement and the public, Virginia Commonwealth University Police Chief John Venuti said Thursday.

“America is screaming for changes,” Venuti said at a local forum on diversity and inclusion. “As loud as the cries are for change, we continue to see these horrific events — events that happen hundreds of miles away that shatter the trust that people have in regional law enforcement.”

Speaking at the Greater Richmond Society of Human Resource Management and VCU Diversity and Inclusion Symposium, Venuti and Eric English, deputy chief of the Richmond Police Department, discussed steps their departments have taken to improve trust between communities and the police. The symposium brought together public and private organizations to talk about key issues in diversity and inclusion, and also featured a roundtable discussion that included VCU Health CEO Marsha Rappley.

At the heart of the effort, Venuti said, is a style of policing based on understanding local needs. That means increasing demographic diversity among officers and using technology and data to improve effectiveness and transparency.

“As far as inclusion, we try to mirror our community in our hiring practices,” English said. “Sometimes that’s difficult. But it helps you build better relationships and form partnerships.”

Those partnerships with groups, organizations and individual citizens are critical, English and Venuti said. Gone are the days of using only crime data to determine the effectiveness of law enforcement.

“Ultimately, those healthy relationships between police and communities, that’s where trust is formed,” Venuti said. “Measuring crime is an important statistic, but it's not the only thing we need. America needs a new scorecard.”

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Group led by VCU professor offers counseling sessions in aftermath of shootings

July 14, 2016

An excerpt from Richmond Times-Dispatch, Wednesday, July 13, 2016:

A group of African-American psychologists will offer counseling services at no charge Thursday and Friday for individuals and families who need a safe space to talk about the fatal police shootings of two black men and the deaths of five police officers that followed in Dallas.

“There’s a lot of anxiety and confusion as well as grieving,” said Shawn Utsey, a Virginia Commonwealth University psychology professor who mobilized the trauma response team.

Thursday’s counseling sessions will be held between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the VCU campus at the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, 907 Floyd Ave., and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Richmond Public Library, 101 E. Franklin St.

On Friday, the sessions will be held at the VCU location from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from noon to 3 p.m.; at the library from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and then from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the East District Family Resource Center, 2405 Jefferson Ave.

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Young African Leaders Gather at VCU

June 21, 2016

Fifty of Africa’s brightest emerging leaders in the areas of public management, business and entrepreneurship are spending June 20-July 31 in Richmond participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.  For the second consecutive year, Virginia Commonwealth University will host this prestigious flagship program, co-sponsored by the VCU Global Education Office, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, and School of Business.  Read more here:  VCU News

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