Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success

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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).

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.

iCubed’s Commonwealth Scholars Program provides more than academic support to students

The VCU Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation (iCubed) runs the Commonwealth Scholars Program (CSP). During the 2020-21 academic year, CSP provided academic and financial support to 11 students. Three students share how CSP supported them through their academic careers and beyond.

Camp Qmunity co-directors share their vision and aspirations for this year’s cohort

Q Collective’s open house in Oct. 2019 It is only July, but it has already been an historical year. Among the highlights: COVID-19, the George Floyd protests and the uncertainty of an economy ravaged by a global health crisis. All of those events and many other topics, however, will likely be the subtext at Camp Qmunity, […]

Maintaining an Equitable and Inclusive Work Environment During This Health Crisis

We live in challenging times.  The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our work and learning environments and fundamentally changed how we interact with one another. Despite these challenges and the myriad  adjustments we have all had to make, it has become increasingly vital that we maintain equitable and inclusive relationships—free of discrimination, unconscious bias, and retaliation—in […]

Queer in the Time of COVID

When we made the rapid transition to remote instruction in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were resolute in our efforts to reconfigure our administrative and academic infrastructure and operations in a manner that was as inclusive as possible. We provided emergency housing and food to students in need, organized a fund to support our […]

Reimagining Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility: Emerging from the COVID-19 Chrysalis

Our world as we know it is changing by the second. With such uncertainty in even our day-to-day existence, why would accessibility matter? How could this experience reshape the inclusion of individuals with chronic conditions and disabilities in our everyday lives? At VCU, we’ve been challenged to rethink and reimagine how we can connect virtually, […]

Overcoming Difference to Become A Difference-maker

Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to its mission to educate, to innovate, and to provide world-class healthcare and treatment to all who come to us. We remain steadfast in our quest to discover life-saving treatments, especially as it relates to COVID-19, a pandemic that threatens all of us. As our healthcare teams work together to […]

Why academic freedom and inclusive excellence must coexist at VCU

Academic freedom is a crucial component of research and teaching in higher education. It consigns rights and responsibilities for faculty at our colleges and universities. Faculty are afforded the freedom to conduct research without concern of orthodoxy and partisanship and to teach students without undue administrative and governmental constraints. Concomitant to these rights are faculty […]