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From Two-Spirits to Long Man, Smithers brings contemporary understanding to indigenous heritage

The professor of history works to provide “intellectual multivitamins” to students and readers, inspiring them to do their own research Some of the hottest of hot button issues these days involve environmental stewardship, the recognition of gender fluidity, and what aspects of history are appropriate to be taught in schools. Standing at the intersection of […]

“Connect”conference spotlights community partnerships and engagement skills

Faculty, staff and community members gather to network, learn principles and meet new VCU Community Engagement team In her keynote address at the Connect: Community Engagement Conference, Maghboeba Mosavel, Ph.D. said that everything she learned about community engagement and community outreach, she learned growing up in apartheid South Africa. “It is a very diverse country […]

Bryan-Campos isn’t just teaching journalism, she’s cultivating citizens

Capital News Service students leverage technology in a new context When talking about the awareness-building that happens in her classes, professor Alix Bryan-Campos evokes a 2017 Virginia House of Delegates election that ended up in a tie. “I’ve had students who say they didn’t vote, that didn’t think voting was important until they took my […]

Glover’s work on self-determination is not just theoretical but deeply personal

The activist, performer and iCubed scholar studies and celebrates the embodied knowledge of marginalized communities “I really am a shapeshifter,” asserts Julian Kevon Glover, Ph.D. “You never know what I’m going to look like.” She continues, “Today I was listening to Shania Twain’s ‘Man I Feel Like a Woman’ so here I am dressed in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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