VCU fully supports every member of our community, regardless of citizenship, national origin, race, ethnicity or religion. We are an internationally premier research university with a world-class medical center precisely because we attract the very best talent from more than 100 nations, scholars who are drawn to us because we work to advance the human experience everywhere. We pursue this mission boldly and embody our core values of diversity, inclusion and respect for all people.
The menus below contain information for faculty and the university community regarding DACA as well as resources for faculty on inclusive classroom contexts, strategies, support and more.
In a message to the VCU and VCU Health communities, President Rao reaffirmed Virginia Commonwealth University’s "unequivocal support of our DACA students." Resources are available to support members of the VCU community:
Statement on the Presidential Executive Order affecting international students: In light of the recent U.S. Presidential Executive Order, the VCU Global Education Office is reaching out to students and scholars with personal, geographic or cultural ties to affected areas and to anyone with concerns. Click here to read the full statement and view available resources/FAQs
Regardless of country of citizenship, VCU international students, scholars and faculty with concerns about immigration status (especially in connection with upcoming travel outside the U.S.) should contact Immigration Advising at (804) 828-8471 or by email at GEOIS@vcu.edu
The Division of Student Affairs has compiled resources for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students at VCU, which includes university and community links and services. Click here to view DACA resources.
The Division for Inclusive Excellence focuses on nurturing a dynamic environment in which people of all life experiences and cultural backgrounds are valued and supported. Click here to view available resources.
Creating Inclusive Classrooms: This University of Michigan’s CRLT paper discusses the range of elements that contribute to an inclusive classroom learning environment.
Academic Support for Women in Science and Engineering: Women continue to be underrepresented in a number of science and engineering disciplines. This paper describes factors that have been found to influence the learning and persistence of undergraduate women in science and engineering. Suggestions are offered for how faculty members can improve the academic environment to create a more positive learning climate for all students.
Perceptions of Faculty Behavior by Students of Color: This paper reports the findings of a series of 15 focus groups with undergraduate students of color in which participants were asked to describe positive as well as uncomfortable interactions they had with majority group instructors. Suggestions for how faculty members can address students’ concerns are offered.
Key teaching strategies to engage students from a range of academic or social backgrounds
Managing controversial classroom topics (Fall 2017): This PDF offers resources for building and maintaining safe and inclusive learning environments, university-level contacts, group norms, and resources specific to the Charlottesville rallies on August 11-12, 2017.