Live Theater Production at VCU: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story

March 23, 2017

Everyone is invited to attend the live theater production of The Fannie Lou Hamer Story, written and performed by Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye, Friday, March 31, 2017 from 12-1:30 pm.  Location is Commonwealth Ballroom B at the University Student Commons (Monroe Park Campus).

This event is free and you can view the flyer here:  Fannie Lou Hamer Story

This event is sponsored by the Division for Inclusive Excellence, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and VCU Health Sciences.  For information contact Eduardo Vidal: 804.828.8947,

Immigration and Race Symposium at VCU

April 5, 2017

Everyone is invited to attend the Immigration and Race Symposium at VCU, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, from 3:30 pm - 6:15 pm. Location is the Academic Learning Commons at 1000 Floyd Avenue, Room 1102.

Panel 1, starting at 3:30 pm will discuss Immigration Policy and its Impact on Education, with Mona Siddiqui, JD, and Saltanat Liebert, PhD, from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

At 5:00 PM, Panel 2 will discuss Ethical and Historical Insights on Immigration, with Javier Hidalgo, PhD, University of Richmond, and Melis Hafez, PhD, VCU Department of History.

This event is free and open to the public:  Immigration and Race Symposium at VCU.

Third annual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium, May 23-24, 2017

March 20, 2017

Join us for the Third annual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium, May 23-24, 2017 with keynote speaker, Andres T. Tapia, Senior Client Partner, Inclusion and Diversity Practice for Korn Ferry.
Mr. Tapia is the author of the groundbreaking book, The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity.
Registration is required.  Click here for Registration and information.

The Great Place: HR Redesign Draft Policy Open for Comment

March 10, 2017

The Great Place: HR Redesign draft policy is now open for university comment through Friday, March 17. The draft policy addresses career advancement, career development, networking and mentoring, performance evaluation, merit pay and enhanced leave programs.

Click here to review and submit feedback.

For more information, contact Jessica Bryant at

Helping People with Disabilities Make Rock Climbing a Reality

March 16, 2017

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Outdoor Adventure Program is partnering with a local nonprofit to help people with disabilities make rock climbing a reality.  Read More Here.

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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.