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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).

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.

VCU GSWS professor works to improve the university that she was never meant to attend

Deflected from her medical school dreams, Liz Canfield dug into activism and abolitionist thought Attending VCU opened countless doors for Liz Canfield, Ph.D., who comes from a working class background and a family history of substance use and incarceration. “I wasn’t meant to go to college,” she said. But she did–multiple times, in fact–and graduated from […]

Guest speakers from Equity and Access Services to kick off event on disability employment

EAS will also introduce VCU's newl chief accessibility officer, Katy Washington, Ph.D.

iCubed scholar Cecelia Valrie spearheads pediatric sickle cell research project that was awarded a $420K NIH grant

The project aims to predict sickle cell pain episodes so that the 20 million people living with the disease can better manage–or hopefully prevent altogether–their pain episodes.

Latino psychologist and iCubed scholar Oswaldo Moreno is on a mission to work with and for his community

Oswaldo Moreno, Ph.D., wants more than just a seat at the table; he wants to revolutionize the table, and all the systems that were built without minoritized and underrepresented people in mind.

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 […]

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