Welcome Back Gathering with the Division for Inclusive Excellence

August 30, 2017

Please join us for a welcome back gathering with the Division for Inclusive Excellence, Wednesday, August 30th from 5:00-6:30pm in conference room 303 at the VCU Cabell Library.  Kevin W. Allison, Ph.D., interim vice president, Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves, Ph.D., associate vice president for inclusive excellence, and Jan Altman, Ph.D., coordinator for cultural competence and education, will share information and conversation.  RSVP is kindly suggested via email or phone to Florence M. Johnson, and/or (804) 828-8947.

Building a Just Richmond Program

September 16, 2017

Update: This event has been cancelled.

VCU Volunteers Help Critically Ill Children from Developing Countries

August 3, 2017

Inclusive Excellence fellow, Professor Anita Nadal and her School of World Studies students have been volunteering with the World Pediatric Project, which brings critically ill children from developing countries to the United States for medical care.
Nadal and her students have been visiting with the children and their mothers, conversing with them in Spanish and teaching them basic English phrases, bringing the children toys and coloring books, and generally trying to make them feel welcome in a foreign country amid often difficult medical procedures.
Read the VCU News article here.

Wanda S. Mitchell, former Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, dies at 57

August 3, 2017

We share with great sadness that Dr. Wanda S. Mitchell, former vice president for inclusive excellence, died Monday. Mitchell served as VCU’s founding chief diversity officer, charged with strengthening VCU’s climate of equity, diversity and inclusiveness.
"Wanda was a consummate professional who combined national perspective with a deep, personal commitment to help every person she met in any way she could," said VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D. “She was insightful, empathetic and spectacularly kind. She was also a nationally recognized leader in diversity and inclusion."
"Wanda was a wonderful counsel, a compassionate colleague and a true friend. We all mourn her loss and feel so grateful for her indomitable legacy," Rao said.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with her family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.
Dr. Mitchell spent more than three decades in higher education.  Read the full VCU News article, here.

Everyone is Invited to Attend the 2017 Equity and Inclusion Leadership Symposium at VCU

August 18, 2017

The Division for Inclusive Excellence hosts the 2017 Equity and Inclusion Leadership Symposium on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 9:00am - 4:30pm at the Academic Learning Commons at VCU. This symposium, by and for the VCU community, provides a forum to examine and engage around emerging and challenging topics in diversity, inclusion, equity and access. Connecting VCU's commitment to diversity with significant, material action, the Division invites the VCU community to gain substantive tools, tips, and best practices to make your impact real. Use this link to RSVP.
For more information, contact Austin Higgs at, or visit the 2017 Equity and Inclusion Leadership Symposium page at the Division for Inclusive Excellence website.
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