The VCU College of Humanities and Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Faye Z. Belgrave, Ph.D. as interim associate dean for equity and community partnerships for the College of Humanities and Sciences. Belgrave is a University Professor in the Department of Psychology where she has been a faculty member since 2001. As the new interim associate dean for equity and community partnerships, Belgrave will develop and implement a plan for improving diversity, equity and inclusion in the College and will elevate and promote the College's community-engaged research and teaching. “The College’s growth in these areas is integral to the future of the College,” said Dean Jennifer Malat.
Belgrave is the founding director of the Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention (CCEP). Her research is on health disparities, focusing on drug and HIV prevention among African Americans and other racial/ethnic minorities. Her programmatic and research activities also focus on culture and context, women's health and gender-related issues. Much of her work has been conducted in collaboration with community-based organizations in Richmond and formerly in Washington, D.C. She is the co-author of the first textbook in African American psychology and numerous peer-reviewed papers, books and cultural curricula on African Americans and other racial/ethnic minority groups.
Equity, inclusion and community partnerships have been central to her work at VCU since she arrived more than 20 years ago. In 2001, she founded the CCEP, whose mission is to work collaboratively with community partners to provide a place, forum and means to promote culturally congruent and community relevant prevention and intervention work with culturally different groups. Belgrave has conducted many workshops and seminars on diversity and engaged in other activities to increase inclusiveness for underrepresented and marginalized faculty, students and staff at VCU. About Belgrave’s record, Dean Malat commented, “The College will benefit tremendously from Dr. Belgrave’s stellar record of scholarship, teaching and service in these areas.”
Belgrave is looking forward to joining the Dean’s Office in the College to focus on issues of equity and nurture existing and establish new community partnerships. “It is a privilege to be able to work toward strengthening equity and community partnerships in the College of Humanities and Sciences. This position offers a unique opportunity to practice VCU’s commitment to equity, inclusiveness and diversity and to move our College forward in meaningful community partnerships,” said Belgrave.