Mission, Vision and Values

VCU's Division of Student Affairs is pleased to introduce VCU Recreation and Well-Being (RecWell) as a newly formed department.

The VCU Health Promotion and Well-Being Center (The Well) and Recreational Sports recently completed a semester-long integration process to become one department that better serves the health and well-being needs of our VCU community.

RecWell will continue to offer the excellent services, programming and facilities that our former departments are known for. We are looking forward to the synergies that our combined knowledge and resources provide to expand our reach in the years ahead. Our goal is to work together toward our ultimate vision of making VCU a healthier and happier place to learn, work, and grow.

RecWell provides a broad range of programs and services that support student well-being, including group exercise, outdoor adventure, intramural sports, personal training, aquatics, employment opportunities, and much more. Additionally, RecWell educates and does outreach on health topics that impact student well-being, including publication of the popular Stall Seat Journal.

Our websites and social media will merge under the RecWell name in early 2022. Until then you may visit us at recsports.vcu.edu and thewell.vcu.edu or use our new landing page recwell.vcu.edu to get updated information and reach either site quickly.

For questions, please contact Meredith Hawkins, Interim Director of VCU Recreation and Well-Being, mlhawkins@vcu.edu.


We advance student success by empowering the VCU community to prioritize well-being, connect with others, and learn through play.


Making VCU a healthier and happier place to learn, work, and grow.


Our staff, programs, and facilities provide a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment for individuals with diverse and intersecting identities.

We strive to amplify the voices of our community by valuing diversity, leading with respect, and promoting health equity.

We strive for excellence, welcome feedback, and work to continually improve the quality of our facilities, programs, and services for all participants.

We are committed to providing our community with the experiences and tools necessary to pursue a life of well-being.

We are committed to providing purposeful, evidence-based, and student-focused experiences that most effectively meet the needs of our community.

As an integral part of the greater university and surrounding community, we foster collaboration to achieve a shared common vision of well-being.

We strive to be good stewards of our human, natural, and capital resources in order to maintain a financially stable model of operating that supports our mission and goals.

Social Justice Statement
We truly believe that recreation is a universal right and that sports, fitness, and outdoor adventure have the ability to bridge differences, encourage dialogue, foster resilience, and build healthier and happier communities. But these outcomes are not a given. They are a choice. All of us have to choose to create an environment that is welcoming, safe, and inclusive for all members of our community. We acknowledge oppression and systemic issues of inequality affect individuals with varied and intersecting marginalized identities. We especially want to acknowledge and support the African-American and Black community at this time because Black lives really do matter.

Within RecWell, we will continue to reflect upon how we actively work to uphold and further our values, and we accept the challenge issued by our university president, Dr. Michael Rao, to further the cause of racial justice and promote inclusion and equity. We must be willing to consider how our own systems, policies, programs, and daily choices either further or inhibit the ideals of VCU to "provide a climate of inclusion [and] a dedication to addressing disparities."

If you have suggestions or guidance on how we can foster a more inclusive environment or have positive stories of inclusion in VCU RecWell, we welcome your feedback: Creating Inclusive Environments

VCU's Inclusion Statement
VCU supports a culture of inclusion for people of all backgrounds and identities and respects a person’s decision to use programs, activities, and facilities in a manner corresponding with their gender identity. This includes, but is not limited to the use of locker rooms and restrooms.

VCU also respects a person’s expression of gender and other identities in RecWell facilities and applies the Dress Code consistent with VCU’s non-discrimination policies.

Individuals who wish to update their gender identity and/or name of use with RecWell may email Tell Carlson, Membership Services Coordinator, at tbcarlson@vcu.edu

Please report harassment or other unwelcome conduct to a staff member immediately. You also may contact VCU Police at 828-1196 (non-emergency) or 828-1234 (emergency).

Complaints of discrimination may be filed with VCU’s Equity and Access Services, equity@vcu.edu, 828-1347. Online complaint filing options and other information can be found at equity.vcu.edu

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Division of Student Affairs
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Richmond, VA 23284

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About Recreation and Well-Being

VCU Recreation and Well-Being advances student success by empowering the VCU community to prioritize well-being, connect with others, and learn through play.

Page last updated 07/27/2021

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