Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success

Strengthening and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at Virginia Commonwealth University

‘Diversity drives excellence’ at 2022 PACME ceremony

“Each PACME winner is an exemplar of the power of relationships and how, when we honor our relationships, we create something that is bigger than ourselves,” Aashir Nasim, Ph.D. Kelechi (K.C.) Ogbonna, Pharm.D., associate dean for admissions and student services in the School of Pharmacy, received the Riese-Melton Award, given each year for contributions made […]

VCU Mary and Frances Youth Center’s Lobs & Lessons program inducted into the Richmond Tennis Association Hall of Fame

Lobs & Lessons is a youth enrichment program that strengthens life skills, promotes academics and creates a path to higher education through the sport of tennis.

iCubed scholar’s interactive exhibition premieres at Arizona’s Sun Devil Stadium

(Paul Rucker speaks on KTAR News. See the full video here.) Paul Rucker’s “Banking While Black” highlights Black Wall Street stories Paul Rucker’s “Banking While Black” interactive art exhibit premiered at the Tempe, Arizona campus of Arizona State University on March 15, 2022. The project blends art and history to tell stories of the Black Wall […]

Little Ram Pantries project, launched via CEnR grant, expands to MCV Campus

The project is part of the iCubed Sustainable Food Access core Five Little Ram Pantries were installed on Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park Campus last fall as part of a pilot project to help address food insecurity among students. Now the project is being expanded, with two new Little Ram Pantries being added on the Monroe Park Campus and […]

Immersive dance performance “Hoptown” takes shape under iCubed scholar’s direction

MK Abadoo co-leads the iCubed Racial Equity, Arts and Culture core (Image courtesy of mkabadoo.com) MKArts, the dance company founded by MK Abadoo, started working in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, this month as the piece titled “Hoptown” begins to take shape. Dancers offered background on the piece and involved attendees in preview performances of the piece during […]

Q Collective presenting back-to-back events

The Queer Research and Advocacy Center, or Q Collective, will host author/scholar E. Patrick Johnson and convene the first Q Symposium with workshops, talks, presentations, and a film screening from March 28 to April 1 There is going to be a lot of conversation about Black queer love at VCU during the last week of […]

VCU Service-Learning Office publishes triennial community partner impact assessment report

The report aims to understand the impact of service-learning on community partner organizations in order to ensure reciprocal, mutually beneficial partnerships.

Recent grads reflect VCU’s commitment to equity, inclusion and service

(stories excerpted from VCU News) Ingrained in VCU’s mission are the core values of service, diversity, equity and inclusion. These values have been reiterated many times through VCU’s strategic plans and they form the basis of the specific charge of the Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success (IES).  These values are not just empty […]

VCU receives 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, with special distinction as a Diversity Champion

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, with special distinction as a Diversity Champion, from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for the third consecutive year. Of the hundreds of institutions that apply yearly, 101 institutions received the HEED Award in 2021. VCU is one of only 14 institutions […]

New non-discrimination training sustains inclusivity at VCU

The VCU Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success (IES) launched the VCU Non-discrimination Training on Oct. 28, 2021. The purpose of the VCU Non-discrimination Training is to provide all VCU faculty and staff with a common foundation of concepts related to non-discrimination and equity in the workplace. The training is one way IES sustains […]

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