Community Service with VCU ASPiRE

June 15, 2017

VCU ASPiRE is offering opportunities for faculty and staff to use community service leave this summer with partners like FeedMore and Habitat for Humanity. ASPiRE will do all of the heavy lifting, including transportation, coordinating logistics with the community partner and facilitating a debrief session following the service experience. Read more here.

For more information, contact Nannette Bailey at

VCU Commitment to LGBTQ+ Students Recognized

May 22, 2017

Virginia Commonwealth University was honored recently with the 2017 Catalyst Award by Side by Side, an organization dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong and flourish.
Side by Side specifically cited efforts such as VCU’s Lavender House, an inclusive living-learning community for first-year LGBTQ+ students, and the Lavender Empowerment Summit, a weekend forum aimed at empowering LGBTQ+ students to pursue individual and community leadership roles. Side by Side also noted efforts spanning student affairs, athletics, courses offered in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and Safe Zone workshops.  
Read more here.

Dr. Rosalyn Hobson Hargraves heads VCU Diversity Efforts

May 12, 2017

Interdisciplinary thinking and multitasking are just two of the many skills that Rosalyn “Roz” Hobson Hargraves, Ph.D., brings to her role as VCU’s acting chief diversity officer. In addition to her new position as associate vice president in the university’s Division for Inclusive Excellence, Hargraves is an associate professor in the VCU School of Engineering, and, associate professor at the School of Education. 
She is providing on-campus leadership in diversity and inclusion while Kevin Allison, Ph.D., Interim Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, is away on a fellowship.  Read more here.

2017 Diversity & Inclusion Symposium

May 23, 2017

VCU and the Greater Richmond Society for Human Resource Management offered the third annual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium, Community: Celebrating the heros amongst us," May 23-24, 2017.  The Symposium featured keynote speakers, Tiffany Jana, CEO and President of TMI Consulting, and Andres Tapia, Senior Client Partner/Solution Lead Workforce Performance, Inclusion and Diversity Practice for Korn Ferry.  Both noted authors, Dr. Jana recently released Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships Across Difference, and Mr. Tapia is author of the groundbreaking book, The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity.
Plans are underway for the 2018 Symposium.
For additional information about the Division for Inclusive Excellence, visit our website at:  For additional Informatiom about the Greater Richmond Society for Human Resource Management:  Richmond SHRM

2017 VCU Latina/o Graduation Ceremony

May 11, 2017

Celebrate the VCU Latina/o Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Richmond Salons, University Student Commons with keynote speaker, Dr. G. Antonio Espinoza, VCU Department of History.  

This very special ceremony celebrates the achievement of Hispanic/Latino/a undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. candidates, and provides students with a positive and rewarding experience that recognizes their hard work, dedication, and perseverance.  Each graduate will receive a commemorative stole to symbolize their academic achievement.  Read more about this very special event and view the event program here: 2017 Latinix Graduation Ceremony.
This event is free and open to all, however, seating is limited.  For additional information contact Jenaé Harrington in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at: (804) 828-6672, or
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