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VCU’s Writing Center will present an interactive session focusing on the tools necessary to establish ideas in a strong, logical manner to hook readers and entice them to read more. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Trey Burnart Hall at or visit

Join VCU Human Resources and VCU Recreational Sports for a slower 30-minute practice focused on active stretching of muscles and opening of connective tissue. Release built-up tension, prevent injury, increase blood flow to muscles and increase long-term flexibility. No equipment is required, though a yoga mat is recommended. Questions: Register in Talent@VCU or at the following URL. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

In this VCU Libraries Community Zooms session, VCU alumni author Kristin T. Thrower Stowe will discuss the research, selection process and storytelling that went into writing her latest book, "A History Lover’s Guide to Richmond," newly released by the History Press. The event is sponsored by VCU Libraries. To receive a Zoom link, complete this online form: For more information, contact Gregory Kimbrell at or (804) 393-2951 or visit

The ICA at VCU will host the opening of "Ibrahim Ahmed: It Will Always Come Back to You" at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St. The museum's first in-person exhibition opening since February 2020 will feature DJ sets by Ezrakh and DJ Graybeard, a live performance by artist Nyugen Smith and a conversation featuring Ahmed and director and curator Dominic Asmall Willsdon. The indoor/outdoor event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stephanie Stanton at or visit

Coming up

Join The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, for its upcoming VCU Leadership Development Program virtual open house. During this interactive event, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the program, application process, benefits of the program and hear firsthand experiences from alumni. Questions: Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Kiara Faulks at or (804) 827-1169 or visit

VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will present "Lavender Discussion – The Fetishization of Bisexual Women vs. The Erasure of Bisexual Men." Christina Brown will lead an exploration of bi-erasure, bi-phobia and the fetishization of bi-identity. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Kim Green at or (804) 828-4891 or visit

ChamberRVA, along with VCU, VCU Health and other sponsors, will host a summer series of virtual conversations inspired by the recent Brookings Institute report, “From Commitment to Action: How CEOs Can Advance Racial Equity in Their Regional Economies.” The second conversation in the series will be "Shifting Mindsets and Internal Business Practices With the Brookings Institute and Opportunity Hub." The final conversation, "Setting an Agenda and Measuring Progress Toward Inclusive Growth With the Greater Washington Partnership," will be 9:30-10:30 a.m. Aug. 12. Questions: Elizabeth Tulip at Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Heidi A. Crapol, VCU Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success, at or visit


Voting To Begin for Staff Senate Elections

Polls will be open July 19-31 for VCU's Staff Senate election. Earlier this month, individuals nominated themselves and others to serve a three-year term on the university's Staff Senate. To vote, visit the following URL and select your meta-unit to find your ballot of candidates. You may also read more about the candidates by visiting the meta-unit. For more information, contact VCU Staff Senate at or visit

Request for Applications: American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant

Grant applications are invited from junior faculty for the award of small research grants of up to $30,000 for one year. American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants are awarded to junior faculty to pursue basic, pre-clinical, clinical and cancer-control research studies. These grants are intended for new investigators who are within six years of their first academic appointment. Each applicant is strongly encouraged to include a biostatistician collaborator as part of the proposal to assist with design and statistical methods. If assistance is needed in identifying a biostatistician, contact Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., (, director of the MCC Biostatistics Shared Resource, as soon as possible. Contact Lisa Mallory at the following email address by Aug. 1 with your intention to submit along with the title of your application. The application due date is Sept. 1. The earliest start date is Oct. 15. For more information, contact Lisa Mallory at or (804) 316-3030 or visit

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