VCU ASPiRE is a living-learning program where students learn outside the classroom through impactful service. VCU ASPiRE members connect with local community organizations like Peter Paul Development Center, Hands Up Ministries and Richmond Public Schools to positively change communities in mutually-beneficial partnerships. Many students feel their experience with VCU ASPiRE was both inspiring and practical. It allowed them to find their own strengths and career aspirations while being able to balance their school load.
This is accomplished through the opt-in service model. This model allows students to easily meet the required service hours without having to worry about logistics. Service opportunities range from impact areas of community-building, health/wellness, environmental sustainability, accessible/affordable housing and education/workforce development.
Students who successfully complete the program’s academic (9 credits) and co-curricular (100 hours) requirements receive a professional co-curricular transcript to share with employers and graduate schools that details all of the service activities.
Visit aspire.vcu.edu/apply to apply.
It's no secret that employers and graduate programs from all areas want candidates who know how to work successfully with people from all over the world. The most successful candidates are those who know how to engage with the world as it is; an increasingly complex place that is swiftly becoming more interconnected. That is where VCU Globe comes into play. VCU Globe is a global education living-learning community that opens the windows to the complexity of globalization and fosters intercultural learning through sustained and structured interactions between program participants, international students and community members in Richmond. Located in West Grace North, this unique program gives students opportunities to interact with people from around the world, participate in special celebrations, work together in teams and be instrumental in bringing international diversity to VCU and Richmond as a whole. VCU Globe is also designated as a Peace Corps Prep Program, meaning students who complete all program requirements plus either a foreign language through the 200-level or additional hours of service also receive a certificate of completion from the Peace Corps. Even with all this fun in mind, the real aim of VCU Globe is to give students majoring in any discipline the chance to be part of something special that will be invaluable on their resumes. Visit TheGlobe.vcu.edu to apply.
INNOVATE is a living-learning program where undergraduate students with sophomore status and beyond live in an on-campus residential community committed to innovation and entrepreneurship. Students participating in the program will have the opportunity to earn Undergraduate Certificates in Product Innovation, Venture Creation, and Human-Centered Design while also earning co-curricular hours through various program options. Certificate programs will enable students to work with real life clients and understand how to build up an idea or company for launch. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to take leadership positions in the design and implementation of a VCU Student Storefront. One of the first of its kind, the student storefront supports VCU’s growing culture of student entrepreneurship. INNOVATE is located in the Grace and Broad Residence Hall, a prime location on Broad Street across from the Siegel Center. A true living lab for students engaged in innovation and entrepreneurship, the concept is that students in VCU INNOVATE will live and work in the same building in addition to actively participating in events on campus and in the community. Visit davincicenter.vcu.edu/undergraduate/vcuinnovatellp to apply.
VCU LEAD is a leadership-focused living-learning program for undergraduate students of sophomore status or above. Its vision is to cultivate world-class innovative leaders who transform lives and impact communities. As Julie, a current VCU LEAD student describes, “VCU LEAD is where you find, distinguish and apply your leadership voice and helps connect your experiences to your overall life goals and aspirations!”
Open to students from any major or background, VCU LEAD participants integrate their learning through a dynamic 10-credit leadership curriculum combined with participating in leadership pathways that compliment their major and interests. Pathway experiences can include service, internships, study abroad, undergraduate research, entrepreneurship and peer leadership opportunities. In addition, VCU LEAD students get unique opportunities to network with local leaders and connect through lectures, plunges/trips, and social events. The program is designed for students to get involved and impact not only others and themselves, but also build relationships that can offer them even more. Visit lead.vcu.edu to apply.