Category: Diversity

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

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week at VCU

2020 was a year unlike any other. We navigated a global pandemic, protests against racial violence, the effects of climate change, and one of the most significant elections in the history of the United States. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, in his letter from a Birmingham Jail, wrote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to […]

VCU Massey 25 for 25: Health Equity and Justice campaign

Logo for the 25 for 25 Health Equity and Justice Campaign.

We all imagine a world without cancer, and I’m proud that VCU Massey Cancer Center is hard at work making this a reality. Did you know that African Americans make up 13 percent of the U.S. population but have a higher cancer mortality rate than other ethnic and racial groups in the country? Today, the […]

Removing Confederate Symbols at VCU

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Dear VCU and VCU Health communities, The Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors voted today to remove racist and divisive symbols honoring the Confederacy from both campuses. This work will begin in earnest. Their decision came after more than three years of study, review, and reflection led by the university’s Vice President for Diversity and […]

Our Commitment to International Students

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July 8, 2020 Dear VCU community, As we move into a new educational experience together, we are deeply troubled by this week’s announcement of new federal regulations restricting international students from pursuing their degrees online this fall while they are in the United States. In a nation fighting Covid-19, it is ill-timed. In a nation […]

The safety and well-being of our campus community

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To the VCU and VCU Health Community, In VCU’s journey to preserve and restore health and well-being for all and uphold our inherent values of diversity, inclusion and equity, our mission calls on us to address very real issues such as law enforcement’s interactions with ethnic, racial, gender and sexual minority communities, in particular those […]

Our continuing work to create a more just and equitable VCU

On June 5, 2020, Aashir Nasim, Ph.D., our Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, presented to the Board of Visitors an update on the progress we have made together in our commitments to diversity, access, inclusion, and excellence. I am proud of the work we’ve done together across the university and appreciate his leadership and our […]