- VCU is listed among the nation’s top institutions of higher learning for boosting graduation rates and closing the graduation rate gap for both black and Hispanic students.
- VCU received the 2012 Minority Access Role Models Award from Minority Access Inc. for its commitment to recruit, retain and advance students and employees from a diverse applicant pool.
- 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
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.