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.

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.

The art of expression: VCU student gives back to the community through art, activism and service

January 11, 2017

VCU senior Angelique Scott, fomer student assistant for diversity at the Division for Inclusive Excellence, lives her committment by giving back to the community through art, activism and service.  Read more here.

Creating Change Conference 2017

January 18, 2017

The National LGBTQ Task Force sponsors and organizes the Creating Change Conference, the pre-eminent political, leadership, and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ social justice movement.  Since 1988, Creating Change has created the opportunity for people to develop and hone their skills, celebrate victories, build community, and to be inspired by visionaries of the LGBTQ movement and allied movements for justice and equality.  The conference will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel in Philadelphia, PA, January 18–22, 2017.
Equality VCU hopes to offer stipends to staff and faculty in units that do not provide funds for professional development.  Prior to applying for these stipends, please confirm that your unit will not provide funding for your attendance at the Creating Change Conference.   If you are interested, please complete the application here: for a stipend to attend the conference. The stipend will be approximately $1,000, and is provided after the conference.  For more information about VCU's delegation to Creating Change, come to an information session: Wednesday, Nov.  2nd at 3pm in Hibbs 331, and/or Thursday, Nov. 17th at 3pm in Hibbs 331.
For more information, contact Camilla Hill in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs: and visit the Creating Change website:

15th Annual Black History Month Lecture: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

February 9, 2017

Acclaimed multi-genre fiction writer Colson Whitehead presents his latest book, the National Book Award–winning novel, The Underground Railroad, a haunting fusion of historical fiction and magical realism that tells the story of a pair of slaves who attempt to escape the South using an actual secret network of tunnels and tracks beneath the earth.  The event is on February 9, 2017 from 7:00-9:00pm.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will be followed by a book sale and signing, and reception.  Please use this link for additional information.
This event is free and open to the public, but please register here.  If special accommodations are needed, or to register offline, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office, at (804) 393-2951 prior to Feb. 7, 2017.
This event is presented by VCU Libraries and sponsored by the Friends of VCU Libraries and the Francis M. Foster African-American History Endowment Fund.
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LGBTQ@VCU: Celebrating Forty Years of LGBTQ Activism at VCU

August 25, 2016

Celebrate 40 years of LGBTQ activism and milestones at Virginia Commonwealth University with special events, programs and receptions, starting October 4th and cumulating on October 27th.  Read here for more information: Celebrating Forty Years of LGBTQ Activism at VCU.
Starting Tuesday, October 4, 2016, VCU commemorates the official recognition of our first LGBTQ student group, the Gay Alliance of Students, with Trials and Triumphs, 1974-76:  The Struggle for Recognition of VCU’s first Gay Student Group, at 12 noon at the Cabell Library Lecture Hall, 901 Park Avenue.  The event will be followed by a reception at 1:30pm.  The 2016 annual LGBT Burnside Watstein Awards ceremony starts at 3pm.  Guests are welcome to attend all three events on October 4th, or, singular events.  There is no charge and everyone is welcome.
The Humanities Research Center Speaker Series includes guest speaker and historian, Dr. Marc Stein, who will discuss Students, Sodomy, and the State: LGBT Campus Struggles in the 1970s, Thursday October 13 at 4pm at the University Student Commons.  The series concludes on October 27th at the Siegel Center, at 6:00pm, with guest keynote speaker, tennis superstar and advocate for women and LGBTQ people, Billie Jean King.  Everyone is welcome, and admission is free.
This series of events is co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Division for Inclusive Excellence, the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences, Equity and Access Services, the Division of Student Affairs, VCU Athletics, the VCU Libraries, VCU Alumni Rainbow Rams, the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, the College of Humanities and Sciences, and Equality VCU. 

Building Inclusive Communities

September 6, 2016

The VCU Building Inclusive Communities (BIC) program promotes our institution’s mission of inclusive excellence by encouraging a climate of intercultural respect and understanding. Through activities, examples, and group discussions, BIC explores how diversity affects our workplaces and our communities. The program provides a framework for examining power differentials across a range of traits such as race, class, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, employment status, veteran status, language, and immigration status. Inclusion and equity are inseparable from our institutional mission, and central to our success.

BIC offers an outstanding opportunity for professional development open to VCU employees who would like to become certified BIC facilitators.  The initial 4-day training session is planned for October 2016, and most of the subsequent trainings will be 2 days at a time. The application deadline is Monday, September 19, 2016For additional information or to apply.