Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success

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

Diversity Drives Excellence: Building community through dance

With their “Hoptown” immersive performance, iCubed professor MK Abadoo uses sistering circles to create intergenerational connections Beautiful art sometimes originates in dark places. For MK Abadoo, VCU dance professor and iCubed scholar in the Racial Equity, Arts and Culture core, the passion project that has consumed much of their time and energy over the past […]

Equity and Access Services publishes its first annual report

In its first comprehensive annual report published this week, VCU’s Equity and Access Services (EAS) office outlines a human-centered approach to creating a more inclusive, equitable and fair learning, living and working environment at VCU.

Equity and Access Services leads the charge in making VCU a top accessibility urban campus

VCU’s integration within the City of Richmond poses unique accessibility challenges. The university’s inaugural chief accessibility officer will help address those challenges, improving the landscape of both VCU campus and Richmond in the process. Not many public universities in the nation have a chief accessibility officer. Virginia Commonwealth University counts itself among the select few […]

Six VCU Honors College students take leaps of faith for their IES capstone projects

The VCU Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success (IES) offers flexible semester-long projects that challenge students to pursue their unique interests. This semester, six brave Honors College students paired off to co-create their own capstone projects under the guidance of a team lead from the VCU Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success (IES).

Goode Makes VCU Better

From the MLK vigil to the Men of Color Initiative, Carlton Goode brings a positive attitude to making change If you are new to VCU, some campus traditions – like Weeks of Welcome or the start of basketball season – seem like they must have been around forever. But one tradition – the silent candlelight […]

Lactation policy helps support parents in the VCU community

New policy and lactation room reviews are latest additions to resources Equity and Access Services offers to support pregnancy and parenthood The work of one student can have a profound impact on a campus. While the development and implementation of the new campus-wide lactation policy has involved dozens of people, it started with Kirsten Olsen, […]

Community Connection: Richmond Public Schools

In our Community Connections series, we spotlight a community partner and provide insight and details on how best to engage with them. This month, we’re talking to Grady Hart with Richmond Public Schools (RPS). Hart helps facilitate the dozens of partnerships RPS maintains that involve VCU. Tell us about yourself. I’m an RVA native and […]

The Q Collective’s statement on the Colorado Springs shooting

We at Q Collective, stand with those who were injured, who witnessed this hate crime in person, all of the families, and our own community.

English professor’s sound studies unearth forgotten musical histories of the African Atlantic

Mary Caton Lingold interprets Atlantic Africans’ musical performances in the 1600-1800s and what they might have meant to the people performing them.

iCubed Scholar Seeks Answers for How Racial and Ethnic Identities Form and Change

Chelsea Williams’ Research Seeks a Broader View on Intimate Questions of Identity You’ve checked a box under race/ethnicity on more applications – for college enrollment, car loans, and random surveys – than you could ever remember. But why did you select the box that you did? When did you first learn which one to pick? […]

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