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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 […]

VCU Health Hub at 25th Welcomes New Operations Coordinator

By Jenny Pedraza, APR K.J. Ricasata has joined the staff at the VCU Health Hub at 25th as operations coordinator. In this role, Ricasata will manage, oversee and lead day-to-day office operations, supervise welcome desk staff and support in-person/virtual scheduling, as well as event planning. He will also work to ensure that Health Hub at […]

Community Members in Richmond’s East End Share Why They Got Vaccinated

East Enders, including seniors and health care workers, say safety for them and their community are reasons they got the COVID-19 vaccine at VCU Health Hub at 25th. Volunteers at the VCU Health Hub at 25th administered the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to 100 community members, including seniors and front-line workers from Richmond’s […]

Sharing the Love: Helping the Community Mask Up for Safety

The VCU Health Hub at 25th was featured in VCU’s Valentine’s Day round-up of ways the VCU community is “sharing the love” to create thoughtful moments during the pandemic. Last year the VCU Center for Community Engagement and Impact held three mask-making kit assembly events at the VCU Health Hub at 25th to benefit the community. The last one […]

CEI Announces New Grant Program for Faculty and Staff to Implement Community-Engaged Research into Undergraduate Courses and Experiences

The grant program will further opportunities for high-impact experiential learning for first-generation, pell grant eligible and underrepresented students. By Jenny Pedraza, APR The Center for Community Engagement and Impact (CEI), in collaboration with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and VCU REAL has announced a new grant program for VCU faculty and staff to incorporate […]

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