About us


  • The school received the inaugural Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for its exemplary initiatives on all aspects of diversity, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities and members of the LGBT community.

Welcome to the 2016-17 Academic Year

As we begin the 2016-17 academic year, we understand that we return to the VCU campus community having shared the immense challenges and losses experienced throughout the nation and across the globe.  The backdrop of those events makes it vitally important that we continue the candid and supportive conversations on inclusion, equity, access, and diversity that continue from last year.
Many members of the campus community have worked diligently over the summer on a number of initiatives to strengthen the VCU culture across both the Monroe and Health Sciences campuses.   The goal of these efforts has been to focus our collective talents, concerns, skills and commitment to the critical inclusion, equity and social justice issues faced by the members of VCU community. 
This academic year will provide a number of opportunities to celebrate and acknowledge our history and progress. This will include commemorating the 40th anniversary of the official recognition of the Gay Alliance of Students at VCU with the Humanities Research Center’s Speaker’s series featuring historian Marc Stein and iconic advocate Billie Jean King. 
The university community will also have the opportunity to continue its discussion on critical university, national and global issues at the upcoming President's Forum on Social Justice this Fall.
This fall, we also will continue work on the university’s new diversity inclusion strategic plan, inviting the broader university community to provide feedback and input on the draft, which has been developed by the Council for Inclusive Excellence and Equity. 
As the new academic year kicks off, please check the calendar events on our website for upcoming welcoming receptions and events. We’d also invite you to stop in the Division Offices (817 South Cathedral Place) for coffee and discussion on your ideas, concerns and recommendations on September 20th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (To help us with the ‘cookie count,’ please send a quick email to inclusive@vcu.edu to let us know if you can join us.  It will be most helpful if you could email and let us know by Friday, September 15th).
VCU has incredibly important work ahead this year, and we each have significant contributions to make to our university. We look forward to our collective work supporting VCU's continued progress and development as an inclusive, diverse, just, and welcoming community.
Interim Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, and Senior Assistant to the President 

What we do

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Division for Inclusive Excellence, established in 2012, focuses on nurturing a dynamic environment in which people of all life experiences and cultural backgrounds are valued and supported.

  • Promote and foster a climate of equity, diversity and inclusiveness

  • Lead efforts to strengthen VCU’s core mission and culture of inclusion and diversity

  • Engage in promoting awareness and advocacy for the LGBTQ community

  • Provide diversity education and consultation to increase awareness, knowledge and skills

  • Serve as a campus and community resource on issues of access, diversity, excellence and inclusion

We are responsible for actualizing diversity initiatives outlined in VCU’s Five-Year Diversity Plan and the VCU Quest for Distinction that foster a welcoming community that supports all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veterans’ status and disability.

We embrace VCU's affirmation of equal opportunity.

Our division works in concert with the Council for Inclusive Excellence and Equity, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Human Resources and the Office of the Ombudsperson to address diversity issues. 

Our programs and events include workshops, presentations and courses that enhance understanding of diversity. We also provide mentoring, seminars, consultation and professional development to support diverse faculty in securing external funding to advance their research agenda.