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Leaders in experiential learning among VCU’s 2021 Distinguished Faculty

Of the faculty members honored with Distinguished Faculty Awards at the 39th Faculty Convocation on Sept. 2nd, fully half are service-learning instructors and community-engaged scholars, spotlighting the importance of experiential learning at VCU. The three honored were: Alan Dow, M.D., School of Medicine, receiving the Distinguished Teaching Award, Jeanine Guidry, Ph.D., College of Humanities and […]

Seven Partnerships Awarded Community-Engaged Research Health Equity Grants

The 2020-21 Community-Engaged Research Health Equity Grant recipients are:  Richmond Brain Health Initiative Faika Zanjani, Ph.D., associate professor, College of Health Professions Lana Sargent, Ph.D., RN, FNP-C, GNP-BC, associate professor, School of Nursing Piloting a Housing Justice Atlas for Virginia Kathryn Howell, Ph.D., associate professor, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs Benjamin […]

Six VCU Fellows Chosen for a Collaboratory Engaging With Richmond’s Historic African American Cemeteries

Virginia Commonwealth University Community-Engaged Research, a part of the Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success (IES), has announced the VCU fellows for the East End Cemetery Collaboratory (EECC) for 2021-2022. These include five VCU Faculty Fellows and one VCU Community Fellow. The EECC, a learning community overseen by the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement […]

A service-learning trip to Arizona benefits students and the migrant community at Casa Alitas.

Valentina Selnick-Escobar never expected to see such poignant memorials on the border wall separating the United States and Mexico when she began a service-learning trip to Tucson, Arizona, with VCU assistant professor Anita Nadal.  “We went to the border on the last day of our trip and it was surreal to see the wall in person,” said […]

Twelve Experiential Learning Projects Selected for 2021 REAL Grants

Initiative included two unique grant programs – REAL Challenge Grants and Community-Engaged Research Impact Grants Twelve experiential learning projects from a diverse range of VCU schools/colleges have been awarded funding through the 2021 REAL Grants initiative. Five of these projects will receive support from the REAL Challenge Grants program, while the remaining seven will be […]

Helping the Hispanic Community in the Midst of the Pandemic

Students in the VCU service-learning course Hispanic Immigrants in the U.S. are continuing to make a difference. How do you continue to support the Hispanic community during the pandemic? For Virginia Commonwealth University students in Anita Nadal’s service-learning course Hispanic Immigrants in the U.S., it’s a question they tackled throughout 2020.  “Many service-learning courses were canceled […]

Healthier Together: Confronting Loneliness and Health Care Challenges Among Older Adults

Social isolation can be dangerous. And since the arrival of COVID-19, it’s been a shared experience of people across the country. The Richmond Health and Wellness Program has been partnering with low-income older adults with the goal of understanding how to build a better health care delivery model to meet their needs where they live. The spread […]

For VCU Education Major, Connecting at Carver Elementary Provides Lasting Memories, Future Preparation

By Jenny Pedraza, APR  If you ask Alexis Mitchell, ’21, a Virginia Commonwealth University liberal studies in elementary education major, what it takes to succeed while working with the community, she says, “build connections with people, put yourself in their shoes and always keep their situation in mind before making decisions.”  Mitchell has worked in […]

New Grant and Scholar-In-Residence Programs Aim to Impact Community Health

By Jenny Pedraza, APR   The VCU Center for Community Engagement and Impact (CEI) has announced two new programs to provide support for community-engaged scholars to address community-identified needs related to social determinants of health and health outcomes. “VCU has the potential to collaboratively impact the individuals and communities we serve, contribute to the national advancement […]

The Toolbox Offers Dynamic Trainings for Youth Professionals this Spring

By Jenny Pedraza, APR For out-of-school time professionals in the Richmond region, staying on top of professional development and continuing to learn best practices in youth development is easier than ever.  The Virginia Commonwealth University Mary and Frances Youth Center (MFYC) has announced a dynamic training schedule for youth professionals offered through The Toolbox, a […]

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