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The Focused Inquiry Learning Lounge (FILL)

The FILL provides resources and programs to support student success and belonging in the Department of Focused Inquiry (FI).

We offer peer mentoring, workshops, and other resources so that you can:

  • take ownership of your FI coursework
  • increase your academic confidence
  • meet and network with faculty, staff, and other students
  • practice peer review (important for science students!)
  • practice receiving feedback on your work (important for many careers)
  • save time getting started on assignments (come see us if you tend to drag out starting a new assignment)
  • make the most out of your time in college

Any student can benefit from our services. Even if you're doing well, we can help you thrive by networking or refining your work, for example. Or, if you're just plain confused, we can help you too!

Fall 2021 hours (beginning Wed 8/25): Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

Chat with us.

Read our newsletter, the ReFILL.

Have an idea for a workshop or resource? Please email us:

Peer Mentoring

Schedule a virtual OR in-person appointment with a FILL Peer Mentor in Navigate. You can also check Navigate for our drop-in hours.

FILL Peer Mentors are VCU students who have successfully completed UNIV 111, 112, and 200. We are here to support you in reaching your full potential in those courses. We can help with class presentations, MLA/APA citations, how to talk to your professor, and information about other VCU resources. If you have a question and don't know who to ask, ask us! If we can't answer it, we'll work to connect you with someone who can.

Laptop and Equipment Checkout

Request to check out a laptop or other equipment by submitting the FILL Equipment Check-out Agreement or stopping by the FILL. Available equipment:

  • Dell laptop
  • Mac laptop
  • Noise-canceling headphones
  • Trackball mouse
  • Ergonomic keyboard
  • 64 GB flash drive
  • Adjustable smartphone clamp
  • Smartphone tripod


We are located in Harris Hall Room 5116, right across the main elevators on the 5th floor.

Upcoming FILL Events

  • FILL Workshop: Dark on Campus: Confronting Colorism September 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Register: Colorism or discrimination within an ethnic group where one’s value is based on the shade of their skin has been a notoriously taboo topic in the Black community until recently. Although often swept under the rug, colorism has defined and confined the lives and livelihoods of Black people both explicitly and implicitly since…
  • Writing Center / FILL Workshop: Using CPR to Write a Strong Introduction October 6, 2021 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Register: Being able to show the value of a writing project with a succinct, well-structured introduction can be a nerve-wracking endeavor, as you scramble to articulate your ideas in the best way possible. In this interactive Zoom workshop, we will give you the tools necessary to establish your ideas in a strong, logical way…
  • Midweek Downtempo FI Brainstorming Sesh October 20, 2021 at 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm The FILL Need a relaxed space to brainstorm ideas for your Focused Inquiry classes? Come to this hang session led by FI professors Tara Burke and Alli Tharp. We'll have prompts and suggestions to help you generate ideas for your writing projects, with room to just hang and work quietly, or collaborate and make friends, share ideas,…

Virginia Commonwealth University

Department of Focused Inquiry

Harris Hall, 5th Floor
1015 Floyd Avenue
Box 842015
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2015

Phone: 804-827-0838

Updated: 7/17/2019

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