VCU Community Engagement News

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Thanks to a team of service-learning students and professors, more than 100 winter coats for adults and children that were donated by Virginia Commonwealth University students, faculty and staff were distributed Friday, December 10th at Southwood Apartments in South Richmond. The drive was organized by Anita Nadal, an assistant professor of Spanish in the School of World Studies, and faculty fellow for community engagement in the College of Humanities and Sciences.

Southwood Apartments residents wait to pick up donated winter coats collected by VCU students, faculty and staff on December 10th, 2021. (Thomas Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Nadal has been recognized multiple times for her leadership in developing service-learning classes and projects. The coat donation effort was unique in its involvement of multiple schools and departments, including the Department of Political ScienceDepartment of Psychology and the Department of Sociology in the College of Humanities and Sciences, as well as the School of Social Work, the School of Education and Barnes & Noble @ VCU.

The Southwood apartment complex to which the coats were donated is nicknamed “La Mancha” and is home to a significant number of Latinx immigrants. Please read the full VCU News story for more details.

VCU student Keaton Thorum; Anita Nadal, an asst. professor in the School of World Studies and faculty fellow for community engagement in the College of Humanities & Sciences; VCU students Abigail Andrade and Ishaan Nandwani. (Thomas Kojcsich, University Marketing)
Categories CEI News, Service-Learning