MENTOR Virginia transitions to self-sustained nonprofit in August

After building its board and organizational capacity, MENTOR Virginia will complete the transition to a self-sustained nonprofit organization in August. VCU is a founding partner of MENTOR Virginia, and for the past 25 years, has provided various administrative support functions for the organization, including human resources, leasing arrangements and technology support.  MENTOR Virginia is an […]

Amanda Hall Named Director of Community-Engaged Research and Special Projects

A recognized community-engaged educator and scholar, Hall will serve VCU in the Center for Community Engagement and Impact By Jenny Pedraza Amanda Hall, Ph.D., has been named the director of community-engaged research and special projects for the Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Community Engagement and Impact (CEI).  In this position, Hall will work in partnership […]

CEI statement on addressing systemic racism

CEI stands in solidarity with our Richmond community, recognizing that Black lives matter. At the VCU Center for Community Engagement and Impact (CEI), we recognize that structural and systemic racism is pervasive in our communities; and, we will not be idle in addressing it. We stand in solidarity with our Richmond community, recognizing that Black lives […]

VCU Center for Community Engagement and Impact Launches Youth Development Training Community

CEI’s Mary and Frances Youth Center will offer a one-stop professional development resource for those working with youth. By Jenny Pedraza Whether it’s an after school tutoring program, a sports activity, or summer camp, high-quality out-of-school time (OST) programs provide children with learning and enrichment experiences. These experiences have been shown to have positive effects […]

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Professional Fraternity Organizes (Socially-Distanced) Community Clean-Up in Honor of George Floyd By Jenny Pedraza “We got the idea for a community clean-up because we thought actions speak louder than words, and with everything that’s been occurring throughout our community, this was one way to show support,” said Will Burns, ’21, a Virginia Commonwealth University homeland […]

VCU Safety and Protection of Minors Policy update: Summer 2020

VCU suspends all in-person youth activities on campus for summer 2020. In response to concerns about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and in support of the wellness and safety of all members of our community, Virginia Commonwealth University has suspended all in-person youth activities on-campus for summer 2020. Online activities for minors may continue as scheduled. Programs interested […]

VCU Experts, Nonprofit Leaders Discuss How to Support Vulnerable Populations During Pandemic

By Jenny Pedraza More than 150 people participated in the webinar, “Plan a Better Future: Health Equity Considerations During COVID-19” hosted May 13 by The Community Foundation, Virginia Commonwealth University and VCU Health. The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the inequality and health disparities that exist for seniors, people of color and other vulnerable populations. The […]

Community Conversation Series Connects Community Members with Local COVID-19 Experts

The American Heart Association, Richmond Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille, and the VCU Health Hub at 25th hosted the first interactive virtual “Community Conversation” May 7 as part of a four-part series on COVID-19. Featuring an expert panel and open dialogue with more than 145 community members, the first conversation was held via Zoom and covered topics […]

VCU Living-Learning Programs Update

With the spirit of innovation in mind, the VCU ASPiRE, VCU Globe, and VCU LEAD Living-Learning Programs (LLPs) will be merging into one new LLP, beginning with the fall 2021 semester.
 This brings together the combined strength of each of these three communities while creating efficiencies and maintaining a focus on student success and career […]

Center for Community Engagement and Impact Announces 2020 Excellence in Service-Learning Awardees

Faculty were recognized for their innovative teaching practices and commitment to sustained community-university partnerships. By Jenny Pedraza The Center for Community Engagement and Impact has announced the 2020 Excellence in Service-Learning awardees. David Coogan, associate professor of English; and Marcia Winter, assistant professor of psychology, both in the College of Humanities and Sciences, were recognized […]