President’s Posts

Michael Rao, Ph.D.

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A New Year and MLK Week at VCU

Welcome back to VCU for a new year and a new semester. I hope the time away from classes allowed all of you to recharge for the spring.  It’s always important to take care of ourselves, mentally and physically, but it’s a lesson we often forget when work or life are making demands on us. […]

Addressing VCU’s historical connections to slavery

As a forward-focused, inclusive and diverse community committed to saving and improving all human lives, VCU must acknowledge and thoughtfully examine the role of racism and the institution of slavery in the institution’s past. With our full support, in 2021, the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation focused on  Virginia’s five oldest colleges and universities – […]

A message of gratitude

Earlier this month, I gave a talk at the Association of Public Land-grant Universities’ annual meeting in Denver. I attend this conference most years, but this year it felt different – because it seemed like everywhere I turned, VCU was engaging people’s attention. We were one of four finalists nationwide for APLU’s 2022 Degree Completion […]

Shooting in Charlottesville

To our VCU community: I know you join me in sending our deepest sympathies to everyone affected by yesterday’s shooting at the University of Virginia. Our condolences to the UVA community and the families and friends of those killed, injured and impacted by the shooting. VCU has offered our assistance to the UVA community and […]

State and VCU Budget Actions Update

Dear colleagues: Earlier this week, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin ceremonially signed the state’s two-year budget, which includes historic levels of funding for VCU. We are grateful to the governor and all legislators in the Senate and the House for the budget’s record support for VCU’s top priorities, including $181 million for our new VCU arts […]

The 50th anniversary of Title IX

Today we mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX legislation, signed by President Richard Nixon June 23, 1972. That law changed the face of civil rights in public education, and has created opportunities, greater equality, and protections against discrimination for millions of American students. Because of Title IX, opportunities never imagined became […]

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