Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success

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

Dwayne Ray Cormier is a “Genius” and “Socially Biracial” and Not by Accident

Dwayne Ray Cormier, Ph.D, remembers the day that he decided to become a genius. “I remember when I was in school one of my teachers called me dumb, really aggressively. So, I just thought about an antonym for that. That day, I became a genius. I never tested as a genius but that day I became one."

iCubed scholar Rachel Gómez inspires students to feel pride in their history

School of Ed professor followed non-traditional path guided by her ancestors Rachel Gomez, Ph.D., was taking classes in community college when she first learned about colonialism. That eye-opening experience set her on the path she’s still on today. “So much suddenly made sense to me,” said Gomez, now a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the School […]

Structural Biologist Carlos Escalante is Breaking Down Barriers for Student Researchers

The veteran researcher says, “I’ve had many breaks along my career and I want to give back.” As a young boy combing the beaches of his native Acapulco, Mexico, Carlos Escalante had big dreams about studying big things. “I wanted to be a marine biologist and I grew up watching Jacques Cousteau television programs, exploring […]

iCubed Follows Record-Breaking Year with Focus on Collaborative Team Science

VCU’s Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation, also known as iCubed, is coming off of a record breaking year, having secured more than $8 million in grant funding.

Fostering student success motivates biology professor Fernando Tenjo-Fernandez as he approaches his 20th year at VCU

Enthusiasm from his students encourages Tenjo-Fernandez to find new and innovative ways to keep them engaged. You could measure the success of Fernando Tenjo-Fernandez, Ph.D., by all of the hats he’s worn since arriving at VCU in 2003: associate professor of biology, associate chair for the Department of Biology, co-chair of the Men of Color […]

iCubed scholar Gendron honored with Distinguished Service award

Department of Gerontology Chair offering “What is Ageism?” seminar for IExcel Education on Sept. 7th Tracey Gendron, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Gerontology in the College of Health Professions, was presented with the Distinguished Service award at the 40th Faculty Convocation, held on August 30th. The award recognizes her substantial and ongoing contributions to […]

As Title IX turns 50, Equity and Access Services promotes a human-centered approach to meeting student needs

“As we mark this anniversary, I hope we will continue to embody our mission as One VCU by fostering a culture of respect, accessibility and opportunity for all.”  President Micheal Rao, June 23, 2022 Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 turns 50 today, June 23rd. Title IX changed the landscape of American […]

The Toolbox receives a multi-year funding commitment from Virginia Credit Union to expand youth development training opportunities

The $60,000 sponsorship will allow The Toolbox to expand development opportunities for youth programs and further emphasize important conversations surrounding youth development.

Two Lobs & Lessons program counselors began their journeys as participants

As children, Cameron Mattex and Mitsuko Cedras enrolled in programs offered by the VCU Mary and Frances Youth Center. Now they work as counselors for the same programs they attended. In 2015, Cameron Mattex and Mitsuko Cedras attended Discovery, a summer camp led by the Mary and Frances Youth Center for rising sixth- to eighth-graders. […]

Pride 2022

June is recognized as Pride month. While the beginning of Pride is traced back to the Stonewall raids in June 1968, the recognition of Pride beyond LGBTQIA+ communities is more recent. Why should we recognize Pride? What does it stand for? The struggle for recognition and rights for LGBTQIA+ communities has a long and painful history. […]

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