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.

Southern Film Festival to screen films exploring theme of "Southern Justice"

September 6, 2017

Virginia Commonwealth University’s eighth annual Southern Film Festival will be held Sept. 6-9, 2017, and will feature five films centered on the theme of Screening Southern Justice.  All screenings are free unless noted otherwise, and each screening features special guests who will participate in post-film discussions, including the legal, social and production aspects of the films.

The festival, founded in 2010, is sponsored by VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences, the Department of English, the Department of History, the Division of Student Affairs, the Humanities Research Center, VCU Libraries, the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture, as well as the Virginia Historical Society and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Read the VCU News article with time and dates of screenings, here.

VCU Students Will Use Research Fellowships to Advance Inclusiveness

August 3, 2017

Two Virginia Commonwealth University undergraduates, Cheyenne Johnson and Christine Wyatt, are recipients of Undergraduate Research Fellowships for Inclusive Excellence for 2017.
Each fellow receives a $1,500 award, while their faculty mentors receive a $500 award. Both Johnson and Wyatt will present their work at the Spring 2018 Poster Day during the Undergraduate Research Symposium. This is the third year that the Division for Inclusive Excellence has sponsored an award.
Read more here.
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