VCU Staff Senate proudly presents: Employee Appreciation Week, March 6-10

February 28, 2017

VCU Staff Senate is pleased to announce Employee Appreciation Week, March 6-10, 2017. We are fortunate this year to offer a week of fun and engaging activities to thank VCU employees for the hard work they do in supporting the mission of VCU and VCU Health.
This year's Appreciation Week activities include:  the Krispy Kreme Cruiser on both campuses, office visits from Rodney Ram and Staff Senators, a free tour of the Capitol Building, the Cabell Library Open House event, library tours on both the MP and MCV campuses, free memberships during Employee Appreciation week from VCU Recreational Sports, and discounts at Ram Tech and the VCU Barnes and Noble! More information about Employee Appreciation Week is available here
The capstone event of Employee Appreciation Week is the 2017 Professional Development Conference, which will take place Wednesday and Thursday, March 8 & 9. This year's registration has already exceeded expectations. We will have experts from VCU and beyond discussing topics that are important in professional development at every level. The VCU Staff Senators have spent many volunteer hours to make this YOUR conference.
VCU Staff Senate hopes to see you at these events and look forward to thanking you - in person - for all that you do for VCU and VCU Health.

Activist Angela Davis at VCU

March 2, 2017

Angela Davis, a leading activist on behalf of women’s rights, racial justice, prisoners’ rights and more since the 1960s, spoke before a sold-out crowd in University Student Commons on Friday, February 24, 2017 reflecting on her 50 years of activism, calling for a more intersectional, anti-racist form of feminism, and striking an optimistic note for the future of the country.
Davis, whose visit was sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Afrikana Independent Film Festival, spoke as part of a month-long series of events at Virginia Commonwealth University celebrating Black History Month.  Read more here.

Presentation on the President’s Forum on Social Justice and Spring Climate Survey results

February 10, 2017

Members of the VCU and VCU Health System communities attended presentations and discussions on feedback from the fall Presidential Forum on Social Justice, as well as the findings from the 2016 survey on campus climate, on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 and Wednesday, February 8.  View the presentation here:  Social Justice Forum Presentation-February 2017

Register for the 2017 Professional Development Conference

March 8, 2017

The VCU Staff Senate invites you to register for the 2017 Professional Development Conference, March 8-9, 2017.  Location is the University Student Commons (Monroe Park Campus).

Keynote speakers are award-winning lecturer and activist Yewande Austin, and thought leader and wellness motivator Andy Core. Registration is required by March 1st.  Sessions include: Civility in the Age of Polarization, Invest in YOU, and The Ripple Effect.  For additional information visit:

This event is FREE and open to all VCU and VCU Health System Staff.  


VCU's Austin Higgs, Eric King and Paris Prince honored as unsung heroes of Richmond’s black LGBTQ community

February 10, 2017

Among the 17 people recognized at the inaugural “Black and Bold: RVA’s Unsung Black LGBTQ Community Gala” were Austin Higgs, operations coordinator in the office of Equity and Access Services at VCU; Eric King, an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science in the College of Humanities and Sciences; and Paris Fitzgerald Prince, senior LGBTQ equity officer in the office of Equity and Access Services at VCU.  Read more here.
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