Journey to Cultural Competence

January 5, 2016

The Division for Inclusive Excellence, Diversity Education and Retention Initiatives presents workshops and sessions throughout 2016 designed to increase our cultural awareness, challenge biases, and enhance understanding.  Sessions include:

Microaggressions in the Workplace and Classroom: Exploring the Impact of Everyday Slights and Insults:  Session participants will increase their awareness of, and knowledge about, microaggressions and their impact. Participants will also explore ways to address microaggressions in their everyday lives.

Unconscious Bias:  Session participants will explore the impact of, and negative effects of, biases in the workplace.  Participants will utilize the Implicit Association Test to probe their unconscious bias and develop awareness of implicit preferences and stereotypes

Inclusive Excellence:  Making It Real:  Participants in this session will gain a better understanding the concept of Inclusive Excellence and review the value and benefits of a diverse working and learning environment.  Participants will also be made aware of resources and opportunities at VCU to increase awareness, knowledge and skills about self and others.  

To register for any of the above noted sessions go to: and search by sponsor:  Diversity Education and Retention.

Film Series: Race: The Power of an Illusion

January 5, 2016

The Division for Inclusive Excellence invites the campus community to a film screening and discussion on the construction of race. This series (produced in 2003 by California Newsreel) challenges one of our most fundamental beliefs: that humans come divided into a few distinct biological groups. The three part series is an eye-opening tale of how what we assume to be normal, commonsense, even scientific, is actually shaped by our history, social institutions, and cultural beliefs. Please use the following links for locations and information on each episode in the series:

Episode 1: February 3, 2016, 3-5pm: The Difference Between Us

Episode 2: February 17, 2016, 3-5pm: The Story We Tell

Episode 3: March 1, 2016, 3-5pm: The House We Live In

To register go to: and search by sponsor:  Diversity Education and Retention.

Not Just Preaching to the Choir: Creating Inclusivity in Higher Education

A discussion with Fred A. Bonner, Ed.D., author of the recently released book, Building on Resilience: Models and Frameworks of Black Male Success Across the P-20 Pipeline, on strategies to create an inclusive environment in higher education, Thursday, November 12, 2015, 3:30-5:00pm. Location is Snead Hall B1115 at the VCU School of Business, 301 West Main Street. A book signing and reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required: For more information contact the Division for Inclusive Excellence at: (804) 828-8947 and For additional details see: Dr. Fred Bonner at VCU.

Unraveling Gender from the Classroom to the Restroom with Jennifer Manion, Ph.D.

October 29, 2015

The Division for Inclusive Excellence — LGBTQ Initiatives, Equity and Access Services, The Humanities Research Center and the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, are proud to present: Unraveling Gender from the Classroom to the Restroom with Jennifer Manion, Ph.D., at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2015, University Student Commons, Richmond Salons. For additional details: Unraveling gender.

If You Can You Can

October 12, 2015

“If You Can, You Can” is a project at VCU to advance diversity, equality and inclusiveness by providing a common platform for VCU communities to discuss aspects of diversity, social identities and human difference. The video, a model for future diversity and inclusiveness campaigns and initiatives, communicates the message that if you can play, you can research, train, counsel, educate, learn, coach, teach, help, and serve.

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