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VCU Researcher seeks to end the stigma around the “secret club no one wants to belong to”

iCubed scholar Kristina Hood wants to help those who endure fertility challenges and pregnancy loss She grew up in a tight-knit family. Now, VCU researcher Kristina Hood is turning her attention to helping women facing challenges in expanding their own families. “I met many, many women who’ve experienced difficulty having kids as well as loss […]

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? […]

Growing Up in the Segregated South Inspires Senior University Professor

Faye Belgrave, Ph.D., reflects on her upbringing and academic journey at a My Life, My Scholarship speaking event.

From the Fashion Runways of Washington DC to the Inclusivity Leadership of South Africa, VCU’s Maurice Gattis is Searching for a Spark in People

Two-Time Fulbright Scholar Says Representation and Mentoring are Keys to Success Dr. Maurice N. Gattis always highlights something positive when he evaluates student work. Gattis, an associate professor in the VCU School of Social Work, and an iCubed Scholar in the Intersections in the Lives of LGBTQIA+ Communities core says his intention isn’t to soothe […]

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.