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‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Recent grads reflect VCU’s commitment to equity, inclusion and service

(stories excerpted from VCU News) Ingrained in VCU’s mission are the core values of service, diversity, equity and inclusion. These values have been reiterated many times through VCU’s strategic plans and they form the basis of the specific charge of the Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success (IES).  These values are not just empty […]

VCU receives 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, with special distinction as a Diversity Champion

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, with special distinction as a Diversity Champion, from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for the third consecutive year. Of the hundreds of institutions that apply yearly, 101 institutions received the HEED Award in 2021. VCU is one of only 14 institutions […]

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.

Monuments not easily removed in education, healthcare and justice: a call to the 21st century urban public research university

When I was an undergraduate student in the 1990’s, I wrote an opinion essay that called for the renaming of the John C. Calhoun Expressway in Augusta, Georgia. The essay later was published, in part, as an editorial in my home city’s conservative-leaning newspaper. Calhoun, a former South Carolina senator and U.S. Vice President, was […]