Category: Diversity

Our diversity defines our rich living-learning environment, and we are proud to be a university where all people can succeed.

PACME Awards 2020: Call for nominations

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To the VCU and VCU Health System Communities: Virginia Commonwealth University proudly champions diversity and inclusion as a core value, and engages in initiatives that create and nurture a dynamic and inclusive learning environment in which individuals of differing cultural backgrounds, identities, abilities and life experiences are embraced, engaged and empowered to drive excellence and […]

MLK Week 2020: Reflections on the fierce urgency of now

When Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous and moving “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington in 1963, he spoke of the fierce urgency of now. “We have … come to this hallowed spot,” he said, “to remind America of the fierce urgency of now.” He spoke of making real “the promises of democracy” […]

Standing in support of LGBTQ+ members of our community

Official seal for VCU in black and gold.

As the Supreme Court reviews cases debating legal protections for LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in their workplace, I write to affirm VCU’s commitment to its core values and principles of equity, inclusion, and fairness for all people. I stand in support of LGBTQ+ members of our community. We are a diverse university and health system […]

Honoring and thanking veterans for their service to our nation

The American flag in Richmond VA

Today, we pause to honor and thank veterans for their service to our nation. Thanks to them, we are free to educate, create, innovate, and stay true to our mission of improving the human condition. As a place with ties to the military for over 180 years, VCU and VCU Health work to educate and […]

An inspiring start to the new year

Dear VCU community, Welcome back! Our new academic year is off to an inspiring start. I was pleased to join many of you at Ram Camp, Move-In Day, New Student Convocation, and several other events throughout the first week. And already, you have renewed my energy and given me a glimpse of the many ways […]

Redefining the American Dream

The American Flag outside of Harris Hall

During May commencement, I spoke of the American Dream and its evolution. U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize recipient Rita Dove said two decades ago, “The American Dream is a phrase that we’ll have to wrestle with all of our lives. It means a lot of things to different people. I think we’re redefining it […]