Call for Nominations: 2017 PACME Awards

February 28, 2017

Nominate members of the VCU and VCU Health System communities for the 2017 PACME.  The annual Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment recognize contributions and efforts made toward enhancing the goals of inclusive excellence and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Four separate awards recognize students or student organizations, faculty, classified and hourly staff, and administrators. In addition to the award, each recipient will receive $500.  The Riese-Melton Award, which is given for contributions to cross-cultural relations, is the capstone award. The recipient of this award is chosen from the 2017 PACME recipients and will receive an additional $250.
Nominations are due by February 28, 2017.  Use the online nomination form on the diversity awards page at the Division for Inclusive Excellence website:  View the flyer here and share it with your peers: Call for Nominations-2017 PACME.
SAVE the Date!  The 2017 PACME Celebration is April 20th at 3:00pm in the Commonwealth Ballroom, University Student Commons.  Everyone is invited.
For additional information contact Inclusive Excellence at: 804.828.8947, and:

Diversity Richmond honors Black History Month

February 3, 2017

Diversity Richmond, the LGBTQ community center of Central Virginia, is celebrating the contributions of LGBTQ African Americans through a series of events during February, Black History Month. All are free and open to the public.
“Our events celebrate the work of local black LGBTQ leaders and also offer opportunities for the entire community to learn about the rich diversity of Greater Richmond. We at Diversity Richmond build bridges and tear down walls. What better time to discuss the issues than during Black History Month,” stated Dr. Ravi K. Perry, Diversity Board member and Virginia Commonwealth University professor.
Events start on February 3rd and are scheduled through February 28th.  Read more here.

Celebrating Black History Month At VCU

February 1, 2017

Iconic activist, writer and educator Angela Davis, National Book Award-winning author Colson Whitehead and rapper and Public Enemy member Professor Griff will visit Virginia Commonwealth University in February as part of the university’s celebration of Black History Month.
The month’s events will also feature discussion panels, arts and cultural events, and public lectures, all designed to spark thought and conversation related to the history of the black experience in the United States.  Read more here.

President Michael Rao invites you to join him for the State of the University Address

January 26, 2017

President Michael Rao invites you to join him for the VCU State of the University Address on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the James Branch Cabell Library Lecture Hall, Room 303.
Virginia Commonwealth University was founded as an urban university focused on serving the needs of its community. Nearly a half century later, we continue that mission with purpose and conviction. Join President Rao for a conversation about how VCU is doing what may seem impossible for others: tackling head-on the confounding social and cultural issues of our time through education, innovation, creativity, service and care.
Seating is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP by January 24, 2017.
For special accommodations, contact Arianne Dowdell at (804) 828-8851.

2017 MLK Celebration Week at VCU

January 16, 2017

Beginning January 16, 2017, VCU celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of events including a silent candlelight vigil, MLK legacy night, community service activities, and more.
The MLK Celebration Week was established in 2014 to honor and raise awareness of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through VCU and Richmond community-wide educational programs that commemorate his distinguished contributions, leadership, spirit of service, and dedication to nonviolence and justice.  Week-long events include a silent candlelight vigil and march from Monroe Park to the VCU Compass, the MLK birthday celebration and service, campus climate discussion, MLK legacy night, community service events, movies and other activities, cumulating on January 22nd with the MLK Community Dinner.  View the full event schedule here:  MLK Celebration 2017.
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