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Service Opportunities

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Critical Issues in the Richmond Region

A critical component of community engagement is responding to community-identified needs.Learn more

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Council for Community Engagement

Representatives from all academic and major support units help facilitate community engagement at VCU.Council

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Community Engagement News

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VCU Votes

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"What is the hallmark of a VCU education? It’s an engaged, real-world experience. That happens within the classroom, but also outside the classroom. It’s what you do on campus, as well as in the off-campus community. And voting is a large part of that.” - Lynn Pelco, Ph.D., associate vice provost for community engagement

VCU is recognized as a top college for student voters. VCU Votes is a coalition of students and faculty members across campus that are leading the effort to register, educate and mobilize VCU student voters.

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Disaster Relief: How to Help

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With Hurricanes Florence and Michael causing fatalities, heavy flooding, wind damage and widespread loss of property, residents in affected areas face the arduous task of cleaning up, repairing and rebuilding homes and businesses.

If you want to help, the Division of Community Engagement encourages you to refer to information provided by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.




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Scholar Lightning Talks

Six Community Engagement Scholars from VCU present 3-minute "lightning talks" about aspects of community engagement relevant to their work.

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Get to Know Richmond

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Combining the amenities of a major metropolitan area with the charm and convenience of a small historic city, Richmond provides an engaging backdrop for work, play and study.

DCE Staff Pick:

The Valentine Museum’s neighborhood walking tours explore the history and evolution of Richmond’s diverse neighborhoods. Go beyond the highlights and uncover each neighborhood’s best-kept secrets.

RVA History and Culture

The DCE encourages faculty to check out RVA History and Culture, a project with representatives from University of Richmond, VCU, Virginia Union University, Reynolds Community College, and the Valentine Museum. The group was assembled to develop a collaborative strategy to orient faculty to Richmond’s History so that they have context for their teaching, research, and community engagement and can develop authentic partnerships.


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Community Engagement Events



Common Book Events
Nov. 14, 2018

A variety of events and movie screenings connected to VCU's Common Book, "Tell Me How It Ends," will be held throughout the Fall, including a Nov. 14 talk by the author, Valeria Luiselli.

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