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Weather Decisions

Last updated November 5, 2018 in General Updates by Division of Student Affairs

This semester the university experienced a number of inclement weather situations necessitating decisions regarding staying open or closing. Both Hurricane Florence and Michael brought their own unique challenges when assessing their potential impact for Virginia and the Richmond area.

Supporting VCU’s culture of inclusion

Last updated October 26, 2018 in General Updates by Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs supports VCU’s culture of inclusion for people of all backgrounds and identities. We believe in the fundamental goodness of each of our university community members and the rights of each human being.

Expressive Activity at VCU

Last updated October 1, 2018 in General Updates by Division of Student Affairs

VCU is a very diverse community with a host of differing viewpoints reflecting each of our personal lenses through which we see, and experience, the world. This diversity of viewpoint and opinion is a tremendous asset to our community. Our hope is that you engage in conversations with others who share similar and dissimilar perspectives. The university is committed to fostering a climate which encourages civil and spirited discourse through classes, events, and the public forum.

Division of Student Affairs Conference and Awards Ceremony

Last updated June 21, 2018 in General Updates by Matt Lovisa, Division of Student Affairs

New Testing Center and Offices ‘Day and Night’ for SAEO

Last updated May 1, 2018 in General Updates by Logan Bogert, Division of Student Affairs

Introducing New Leadership

Last updated May 1, 2018 in General Updates by Logan Bogert, Division of Student Affairs

Complete the Title IX Not Anymore Training

Last updated February 28, 2018 in General Updates by Division of Student Affairs

Important Reminder: All VCU students are required to complete Title IX Training.

Welcome Back Spring 2018

Last updated January 23, 2018 in General Updates by Division of Student Affairs

Welcome back for the spring semester! Here's a list of opportunities for our students across campus and a few updates regarding resources on sexual misconduct and gender discrimination and safety around VCU.

Families of Students

Last updated December 14, 2017 in General Updates by Logan Bogert

Throughout the school year, your student will experience many different experiences. Whether your student is just beginning their at VCU, transferring from another institution or returning to the university, adjusting to a new environment can be challenging.

Monroe Park Closure

Last updated December 14, 2017 in General Updates by Manuel Liban

The oldest park in Richmond will be upgraded to 21st century environmental standards while preserving aspects of its historical significance; the fountain will be restored, as will the primary structure the Checkers House, in a future phase.

VCU Unity

Last updated March 7, 2019 in Community Support by Division of Student Affairs

Please join VCU students, faculty and staff for VCU Unity on March 11, from 9 – 11 a.m. in Park Plaza.

Reflection Space

Last updated September 14, 2017 in Community Support by Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs will be hosting a Reflection Space on Tuesday, August 15 from 12:00-2:00 p.m., for students related to the events from this past weekend in Charlottesville. This space is designed to provide an opportunity for students to reflect, play games, watch movies, color and provide opportunities for self care to those who need it. There will not be a facilitated conversation around the events, but rather we anticipate smaller conversations organically happening in the space.

Inclusive Community at VCU

Last updated September 14, 2017 in Community Support by Division of Student Affairs

We have learned of recent incidents that have had a negative impact on our community at VCU. These incidents conflict with our institutional core values of diversity and inclusion. It demeans and disrespects members of our VCU community and diminishes our goal of creating a safe and welcoming campus environment for everyone.

The Man Behind the Mascot: Meet Rodney the Ram

Last updated May 1, 2018 in Student-focused by Logan Bogert, Division of Student Affairs

When Theo Malamatos stepped onto Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus as a freshman in the fall of 2014, he had hopes to pursue a degree in psychology.

Bringing Students Together

Last updated May 1, 2018 in Student-focused by Logan Bogert, Division of Student Affairs

Meet Destinee’ Moragne, VCU SGA President

Merging to One

Last updated May 1, 2018 in Student-focused by Logan Bogert, Division of Student Affairs

Meet Keith Zirkle, SGA Vice President of Graduate and Professional Students

Building a Bridge

Last updated May 1, 2018 in Student-focused by Logan Bogert, Division of Student Affairs

Meet Sarah Izabel, Undergraduate Representative to the Board of Visitors

Creating Close Relationships

Last updated May 1, 2018 in Student-focused by Logan Bogert, Division of Student Affairs

Meet Eleanor Ritzman, Resident Assistant

Breaking Out of Our Comfort Zones

Last updated October 23, 2017 in Student-focused by Division of Student Affairs

I appreciate the diversity. I knew that would be the reason I would come to VCU, however I did not expect this level of inclusion on campus. Coming here has amplified my inquisitiveness and allowed me to break out of my comfort zone.

Being Heard

Last updated December 6, 2017 in Student-focused by Division of Student Affairs

The thing that I appreciate most about VCU is the diversity. Learning about other people cultures and orientations is fascinating.

Working for Your Voice

Last updated October 23, 2017 in Student-focused by Division of Student Affairs

What I appreciate about VCU is the diverse community and VCU's effort, alongside the student body, to unite the entire campus. This includes different programs and events, both university and student lead, that are inclusive and welcoming to all who want to participate. With this, new students, students of different backgrounds, returning students, and even staff and faculty are able to feel truly at home.

Finding Your Niche

Last updated October 23, 2017 in Student-focused by Division of Student Affairs

I went to VCU originally for Creative Advertising degree. I graduated in 2012 and I fell in love with Richmond immediately and then fell in love with the school and the campus. I was a little nervous about being in such a large campus environment right away but you still have a small town feel and a community feel at this campus. There are so many opportunities and great experiences I have been able to gain while being here so it was really a no brainer when I decided I wanted to go back to school, VCU was definitely top of the list for sure.

Getting Involved Across the Globe

Last updated October 23, 2017 in Student-focused by Division of Student Affairs

I appreciate VCU's diversity! It's actually one of the biggest reasons I decided to attend. I went to high school in a location that was not diverse and I found it very hard to keep to my roots and not lose myself. Once at VCU I immediately joined the Latino Student Association and finally felt like I had people who not only understood what I had experienced, but had also experienced it themselves.

Living the Ram Life

Last updated October 23, 2017 in Student-focused by Division of Student Affairs

I appreciate how VCU lives up to its mission of promoting diversity and how there is something for absolutely everyone.

Involvement, Innovation and Interning

Last updated October 23, 2017 in Student-focused by Division of Student Affairs

Something I have always loved about VCU is the support that students are able to receive. We have some amazing and well-connected faculty, staff, even students and I love the fact that I cannot go a week without hearing a success story. Diversity and opportunity are the things that brought me here but SUCCESS is what is keeping me in place.

Networking, Artistry and People

Last updated October 23, 2017 in Student-focused by Division of Student Affairs

VCU has tied us into the dream that we can all MAKE IT REAL. This means leading in our actions to be inclusive and diverse in all our glory. We're encouraged to take the higher road and branch out as far as we can to amplify our success, both educationally and personally.

Planning for the Future

Last updated October 23, 2017 in Student-focused by Division of Student Affairs

What I appreciate the most about this university is how it feels like a family on this campus.

The View From Up There

Last updated October 23, 2017 in Student-focused by Division of Student Affairs

It honestly doesn't feel like work when you love what you do.

Staying Hungry

Last updated October 23, 2017 in Student-focused by Division of Student Affairs

There are numerous opportunities for students to say what they feel around campus, and I am grateful that I have found my place to be heard.

Giving You an Edge

Last updated October 23, 2017 in Student-focused by Division of Student Affairs

Opportunity. VCU is a place for opportunity and growth when you are here you are here for at least 4 years and in that four years you are able to pursue as many opportunities as possible.

Helping Others

Last updated October 23, 2017 in Student-focused by Division of Student Affairs

Everyone Can Find A Home

Last updated October 23, 2017 in Student-focused by Division of Student Affairs

I really love VCU's diversity. I think that before coming here a lot of people may have felt left out, but at VCU everyone can find a home because of its diversity. There is a space for everyone to fit in. I like the people aspect at VCU. Helping to foster the growth of others is very attractive about the profession.

State of the Student Body

Last updated September 14, 2017 in Student-focused by Katie Clark

As most know, there have been lots of emotions surrounding the outcomes of last week's elections, locally and nationally. One of the great things about our country is our freedom to vote - and vote any way we want. Some of us may feel celebratory with the election results, others of us may feel disappointed. But in this time, I ask that we all try to the best of our abilities to stay united as a university, to be accepting of each other, and to remember that here at VCU, we are an inclusive university who respects all of our fellow students, faculty, and staff.

End of Semester Update

Last updated September 14, 2017 in Student-focused by Chuck Klink

As we approach midterms and the upcoming rush to the end of the semester, I wanted to acknowledge that for many students this is a time of stress and increased external pressure. Although these feelings are normal, they can be difficult to manage at times. Even if this is not your experience, you may be aware of those around you laboring as the semester draws to a close.
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