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Q Collective presenting back-to-back events

The Queer Research and Advocacy Center, or Q Collective, will host author/scholar E. Patrick Johnson and convene the first Q Symposium with workshops, talks, presentations, and a film screening from March 28 to April 1 There is going to be a lot of conversation about Black queer love at VCU during the last week of […]

The Causes, Risks, and Solutions for LGBTQ+ Youth Homelessness

Maurice Gattis, Ph.D., the Senior Advisor to the Queer Research and Advocacy Center (Q Collective) and an associate professor in the School of Social Work, recently detailed how LGBTQ+ youth are overrepresented in the rising population of people experiencing homelessness. His article on the news website SWHELPER goes beyond recounting the risks these youth face, […]


June is recognized as Pride month. While the beginning of Pride is traced back to the Stonewall raids in June 1968, the recognition of Pride beyond LGBTQIA+ communities is more recent. Why should we recognize Pride? What does it stand for?  The struggle for recognition and rights for LGBTQIA+ communities has a long and painful history. […]

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, […]

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 […]

Archana Pathak, Ph.D., Honored as Catalyst Award winner at Side by Side’s Springtime Gala

Archana Pathak, Ph.D., is being honored as a Catalyst Award recipient at Side by Side’s 2020 Springtime Gala. The Catalyst Awards are given to influential people, groups, and faith communities in the central Virginia region for outstanding service on behalf of Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth. Pathak currently serves as the special assistant to the vice president of […]

VCU will open Queer Research and Advocacy Center this fall

In a project that advocates say is decades in the making, Virginia Commonwealth University will establish the Queer Research and Advocacy Center, which will be known as the Q Collective, to serve as a creative and intellectual hub in support of LGBTQIA+ artistic and scholarly activities among faculty, staff, students and the Greater Richmond community.  […]