Building Inclusive Communities

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Janice Altman

Jan H. Altman, Ph.D.
Coordinator for cultural competence and education
(804) 828-8947

Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) is the new VCU initiative to support the university community in creating an engaged, diverse and inclusive campus environment.

BIC works to foster effective interaction between people and groups across a range of similarities and differences. Success will be measured by demonstrated competence in bias reduction, valuing differences, and diversity and inclusion skills.

Workshop and training opportunities are available for VCU faculty, administrators and staff.

Workshop activities include:

  • Learning a common language for discussing diversity and inclusion

  • Identifying and discussing historically marginalized and privileged group dynamics

  • Assessing personal experiences of privilege, inequity and oppression

  • Addressing how thoughts, feelings, behaviors and practices contribute to cycles of inequity and oppression

  • Creating a personal plan for changing inequitable behaviors and practices

2016 BIC workshop dates:

  • November 29-30, 2016 (2-day workshop)

  • December 1, December 2, 2016 (1-day workshops)

  • December 8-9, 2016 (2-day workshop)

2017 BIC workshops for faculty/staff/administrators:

  • Feb 16-17, 2017

  • Feb 23-24, 2017

  • Mar 23-24, 2017

  • Mar 30-31, 2017

  • Apr 13-14, 2017

  • Oct 3-4, 2017

  • Oct 10-12, 2017

  • Oct 16-17, 2017

  • Oct 19-20, 2017

  • Nov 1-2, 2017

A student-focused 2-day workshop is planned for Jan 27-28, 2017.

Register at:  Use the keyword: diversity to access BIC workshop registration. Seating is limited. Contact if you want your name to be placed on a wait list to attend a particular workshop that is full. 

For additional information, call: (804) 828-8947, or send an email to