Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success

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

2022 PACME recipients pose with their awards. To the right are VCU president Michael Rao and IES VP Aashir Nasim.

“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 in advancing cross-cultural relations, at the 2022 Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment awards ceremony on Tuesday.

Ogbonna was among several of those honored at the event for their meaningful impact on the VCU and local communities. The PACME awards serve to recognize outstanding individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to promoting civility, building community, establishing cross-cultural initiatives, advocating equity, and nurturing a welcoming and inclusively excellent environment. The Riese-Melton Award is the capstone honor of the PACME awards.

“Today, we honor the winners of this year’s PACME for their commitment and substantive action toward actualizing VCU’s key goal of diversity driving excellence,” said Archana Pathak, Ph.D., special assistant to the vice president for institutional equity, effectiveness and success and interim director of the Q Collective.


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