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University Events Impacted Due to COVID-19

Events featured in TelegRAM have been moved to an online setting to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Please check with organizers for assistance in accessing the online venue. Information about the university's One VCU: Responsible Together plan for a phased return to campus is available at It is the source for the latest VCU updates. You can also receive VCU Together notifications. Download "VCU Mobile" from your iOS or Android App Store, or visit with your smartphone and select the appropriate link.


In this workshop, Top Hat representatives will focus on Top Hat’s tools for driving student engagement in synchronous, asynchronous and hybrid settings. Learn how to build interactive polls and quizzes using advanced question types, create media-rich course materials and learn evidence-based strategies for online assessments. This session will also feature a VCU faculty member to offer tangible examples and anecdotes from using Top Hat with VCU students this fall. Questions: RSVP at the following URL. For more information, contact Academic Technologies at or visit

This week

VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research will host the second of its Community Engaged Research Seminar Series. Participants will learn the importance of collaborations and building community relationships. Speakers will be Vanessa Sheppard, Ph.D., and Emily Zimmerman, Ph.D., MPH. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Rob DiRenzo at or visit

Join VCU Human Resources and Recreational Sports to learn core strengthening exercises and breathing techniques. Register in Talent@VCU. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

VCU's Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence will present a panel presentation and facilitated conversation about fostering a sense of belonging in online classes. This workshop is geared for those looking to tweak their online teaching environment and for those looking to switch modalities from asynchronous to synchronous this spring. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Tiffany Freitas at or visit

Coming up

Students Fighting Human Trafficking and the VCU School of Medicine will host its third annual Human Trafficking Medical Symposium Jan. 19-23. The topic will be discussed by experts in the field, health care workers and survivors of human trafficking. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Gurjas Bajaj at or visit

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation and VCU Libraries will present a workshop on using logic models to enhance grant proposals. Nina Exner, Ph.D., and Stacey Wahl, Ph.D., will introduce the basic concepts of inputs, outputs and outcomes. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Joshua Hahn at or (804) 827-1524 or visit

This two-hour, instructor-led workshop will explore unconscious bias — social stereotypes about groups of people that form outside of our own conscious awareness. Participants will examine the origins of unconscious bias, its impact on individuals, organizations and societies, and tactics to combat unconscious bias and stereotypes. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Shana Ryman at or visit

Christine Grady, Ph.D., chief of the NIH Clinical Center’s Department of Bioethics, will discuss clinical practice, public health and research ethical issues that have arisen during the coronavirus pandemic. The discussion will be at a session of the Central Virginia Chapter of the Society of Clinical Research Associates. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Shirley Helm at or visit

VCU's Human Resources and the Learning, Development and Organizational Culture Team will host a virtual two-part workshop to share knowledge and tools to help leaders increase EI competencies to promote individual and team effectiveness. Three upcoming offerings being held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on: Jan 20 and Jan. 27, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, and Feb. 5 and Feb. 12. Limited seats are available in each workshop; those who register will be placed on a waitlist if you do not find an availability in any of these offerings. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Jen Bagley at or visit

VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and VCU's Health Sciences Library will present the next session of its "Whetting Your Appetite for Research" via Zoom. Stacey Wahl, Ph.D., research and education librarian, will discuss scholarly profiles that can be used to track individual scientific progress, find information about contributions to science and display work for grant reviewers. Questions: Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Pam Dillon, Pharm.D., research liaison, at or (804) 827-1519 or visit

Explore online programs in Certified Wedding and Event Planning and S.M.A.R.T. Corporate Event Planning at VCU's Office of Continuing and Professional Education's Virtual Hospitality Open House. Meet the program staff and student adviser during one of two 30-minute sessions at noon and 5 p.m. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education at or (804) 828-1322 or visit

Join speakers and panelists for presentations, discussion and a call to action on prostate and colorectal cancer disparities in minority communities. Featured will be Luisel Ricks-Santi, Ph.D., director of the Hampton University Cancer Research Center; Terrance Afer-Anderson, writer-producer-director of “The Black Walnut” and Renee Malone, program director at Hitting Cancer Below the Belt. The session will be hosted by Debbie Cadet, Ph.D., MSW, program manager for community health education and research at Massey Cancer Center, and is part of the Wright Center's Health Equity Series. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Lauren Harris at or visit


VCU MLK Week 2021

VCU’s eighth annual MLK Week returns with a virtual keynote event honoring community leader Oliver Hill Jr. on Jan. 17. Additional activities during the week, through Jan. 22, will include a supply drive supporting Richmond and Henrico public school students and volunteer opportunities. Register for the keynote event at the following URL and check back for more information about the student supply drive, events and volunteer opportunities. For more information, contact Division for Inclusive Excellence at or visit

Faculty: Apply by Feb. 23 for Statewide Open Course Materials Grants

VCU Libraries, in support of open and affordable course materials across the VCU community, announces that a new round of VIVA Open Course Grants is open for applications. These $2,000 to $30,000 grants empower Virginia faculty with the resources and time they need to redesign courses by swapping expensive course materials for open, no cost, or library options. Applications are due Feb. 23. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at or visit

Want To Learn Strategies To Accept Your Body?

Are you a woman ages 18 to 25? Would you like to participate in a research study aimed to accept your body? Involvement includes participation in a one-week online intervention that lasts 45 minutes total. Participants are asked to complete one-hour online surveys at three time points. Eligible participants will receive compensation in the form of Amazon gift cards. For more information and to determine eligibility, contact the following email address. For more information, contact Alexandria E. Davies at or visit

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