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Richmond Health and Wellness Program Expands to Health Hub

Pamela Parsons to lead new initiatives within the collaborative care model. By Jenny Pedraza Since 2012, more than 900 Virginia Commonwealth University Health students have participated in wellness clinic sessions serving vulnerable older and disabled adults living at five low-income housing settings in the Richmond metropolitan area. The Richmond Health and Wellness Program (RHWP) is […]

Interdisciplinary VCU-JMU Team Recognized Nationally for Innovative Teaching Strategy in Civic Learning

The JMU-VCU “Debate Across the Curriculum” project received an honorable mention in the 2019 American Civic Collaboration Awards (“Civvys”). By Jenny Pedraza Twelve faculty members and four administrators from Virginia Commonwealth University and James Madison University involved in a year-long, interdisciplinary faculty learning community have collaborated to combine debate pedagogy and civic learning outcomes, garnering […]

Division of Community Engagement Marks Continued Growth and Impact in 2018-19

Areas of focus included supporting faculty in their community-engaged teaching and scholarship; growing experiential learning opportunities that allow students to engage with the community; and building sustained community-university partnerships. By Jenny Pedraza The Division of Community Engagement (DCE) has announced key measures that showcase continued growth in community engagement over the 2018-19 academic year. Areas […]

Graduate RVA Poised to Tackle Educational Inequality by Increasing Postsecondary Completion Rates Among Underrepresented Populations in Region

Joint effort between VCU and regional two- and four-year colleges and universities allows students to earn credentials and degrees through reverse transfer process. By Jenny Pedraza Not a day usually goes by that Stephanie Odera, associate director in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Division of Community Engagement (DCE), doesn’t think about the African proverb, “The child who […]

President Rao, Community Members Participate in Annual Neighborhood Forum

The annual forum provides an opportunity for VCU officials and community members to exchange information and listen to each other. By Jenny Pedraza On June 10, community members from Virginia Commonwealth University’s surrounding neighborhoods gathered in the ASPiRE building on West Grace Street for an update and open dialogue with Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of […]

Council for Community Engagement Recognizes Outstanding Partnerships

The Carver Tree Project was the overall Currents of Change winner. By Jenny Pedraza During its May 1 “Celebrate VCU with the Community” annual event, the VCU Council for Community Engagement recognized four outstanding university-community partnerships. The Carver Tree Project was the overall Currents of Change winner. Businessman and philanthropist Steve Markel, who works to […]

On and Off Campus Stakeholders Connect at 7th Annual Community Engagement Institute

Through interactive workshops presented by 18 scholars, institute participants explored the power and potential of community-academic partnerships from a variety of angles. By Jenny Pedraza Sixty-seven people, representing more than 40 VCU units and five external organizations, attended the 7th annual VCU Community Engagement Institute held May 14 and 15 on campus. As the Division […]

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