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Camp Qmunity co-directors share their vision and aspirations for this year’s cohort
The camp prepares to launch the program on July 6, 2020
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Psychological Readiness and Return to Campus
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The Power in Their Narrative
VCU Students’ Stories of Struggle, Strength and Solidarity During COVID-19
Aashir Nasim, Ph.D.
Aashir Nasim, Ph.D. shares remarks at the June 5, 2020 Board of Visitors meeting
The Vice President of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success talks PPE: pandemic, protests and elections.
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Monuments not easily removed in education, healthcare and justice: a call to the 21st century urban public research university
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An Interview with Kim Rahimian – A VCU Class of 2020 Occupational Therapy Graduate Student
Last week we had the opportunity to chat with Kim Rahimian – a VCU Class of 2020 Occupational Therapy graduate student – about her capstone research on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Maintaining an Equitable and Inclusive Work Environment During This Health Crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our work and learning environments and fundamentally changed how we interact with one another.
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Queer in the Time of COVID
For many LGBTQIA+ people, especially students, the move to remote learning and work has been a rather fraught one.
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Reimagining Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility: Emerging from the COVID-19 Chrysalis
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Overcoming Difference to Become A Difference-maker
Ageism in the era of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is shining a light on a form of discrimination that has long existed but garnered little attention – ageism.
Archana Pathak, Ph.D.
Archana Pathak, Ph.D., Honored as Catalyst Award winner at Side by Side’s Springtime Gala
She is being recognized for her outstanding work in support of LGBTQ+ youth in central Virginia.
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Models of Inclusive Excellence
Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Development and Alumni Relations and the School of Pharmacy are this year’s recipients of VCU’s Models of Inclusive Excellence award.
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The Challenge is in the Moment, The Time is Always Now
This Brief Report on the State of VCU’s Black Faculty is the first of a series of "dig deep" expositions that will tackle issues that underlie the culture and climate of our university.
Insight into Diversity - Diversity Champion 2019
Virginia Commonwealth University Recognized as Top College for Diversity and Diversity Champion
This is the second consecutive year VCU has received the HEED Award, and the first time in its history to be designated a Diversity Champion.
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Welcome to VCU Universe
The Division for Inclusive Excellence ushers in a comprehensive assessment and evaluation platform enabling the division and its campus partners to enact change.
Building pillars
Why academic freedom and inclusive excellence must coexist at VCU
When the principles of academic freedom are applied in the context of our university’s mission, faculty rights and responsibilities become apparent in the free pursuit of knowledge within disciplines and in the transformative potential of this knowledge for urban communities when extended across and beyond disciplines.
Authentic living and holistic mentorship
This article profiles Sarah Raskin, Ph.D., a professor with the VCU L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and a faculty mentor for undergraduate students involved in the iCubed Commonwealth Scholars Program.
VCU will open Queer Research and Advocacy Center this fall
Article section: News
Virginia Commonwealth University will establish the Queer Research and Advocacy Center, which will be known as the Q Collective.