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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 […]

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. […]

‘Diversity drives excellence’ at 2022 PACME ceremony

“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 […]

VCU Mary and Frances Youth Center’s Lobs & Lessons program inducted into the Richmond Tennis Association Hall of Fame

Lobs & Lessons is a youth enrichment program that strengthens life skills, promotes academics and creates a path to higher education through the sport of tennis.

VCU Service-Learning Office publishes triennial community partner impact assessment report

The report aims to understand the impact of service-learning on community partner organizations in order to ensure reciprocal, mutually beneficial partnerships.

New non-discrimination training sustains inclusivity at VCU

The VCU Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success (IES) launched the VCU Non-discrimination Training on Oct. 28, 2021. The purpose of the VCU Non-discrimination Training is to provide all VCU faculty and staff with a common foundation of concepts related to non-discrimination and equity in the workplace. The training is one way IES sustains […]

From slavery to Jim Crow to George Floyd: Virginia universities face a long racial reckoning

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) was featured in an article by The Washington Post on Nov. 26, 2021. The article details challenges faced by Virginia universities in renaming campus landmarks and promoting diversity.

A queer studies summer intensive creates a virtual queer space at VCU

What is a virtual queer space? This is the question this year’s Camp Qmunity cohort attempted to answer.

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