School of Social Work

No. 28 M.S.W. Program in the U.S.

Dear School of Social Work Community,

As you begin your day this morning with heavy hearts, I join you in grief for our neighbors at UVA. I am grateful for our community and the confidence I have that we will support each other. Continue supporting, extending kindness and holding space for each other. Please also share and utilize counseling services at I am grateful for you all, today and every day.

Rebecca Gomez, Ph.D.
Interim Dean
VCU School of Social Work

Statement from VCU President Rao

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. VCU has offered our assistance to the UVA community and we stand with them during this terrible time.

I have directed that VCU Police have an increased presence on our campus. We are dedicated to promoting a safe and secure environment for learning, living, working and visiting.

For more information about how VCU Police works to keep our campus safe, please visit

During difficult moments such as these, it is important to remember that we draw strength from each other as members of our compassionate and caring VCU community. Support is available for students, faculty and staff at

While sending our best to UVA, let us also care for each other today and every day.


Michael Rao, Ph.D.
President, VCU and VCU Health

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