Author: Michael Rao

VCU’s phased return to campus for university students, faculty and staff


June 3, 2020 Dear members of the VCU community, As we prepare to return to VCU for our fall semester together, we face two challenges simultaneously. COVID-19 continues its prevalence in our nation and commonwealth, and health experts predict inevitable waves to come. And we have all been horrified and dismayed by recent violence against […]

Statement regarding Richmond protests and VCU’s shared community


Dear VCU and VCU Health community, For several days, I have watched crowds of people across the nation and here in Richmond express their anger and frustration over distressing, horrific events against African Americans in our country, including the recent killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. […]

A more empowered and supportive world for everyone

Like many of you, I have struggled to comprehend what has unfolded in Georgia, Kentucky, New York, Minnesota, and other places across our nation. And I’m reminded that social media has not captured so vividly centuries old injustices against African Americans. I am appalled, horrified, distressed and sickened all at once. I fear for my own sons, […]

Significant grant announcement


Dear VCU and VCU Health community, Across Virginia Commonwealth University, we have been fighting COVID-19 from the front lines. I could not be more proud of or grateful to our care teams who are saving lives, our faculty and students who are learning and innovating in remarkable ways, and our alumni and communities who are […]