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The VCU Center for Community Engagement and Impact provides expertise for high-quality community engagement while leveraging university resources to address critical community-identified needs. The center is VCU’s central hub to convene and coordinate authentic community-university partnerships that strengthen research, student learning and faculty success.

Community Service

VCU employees have designated hours each year to use serving in the community.


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VCU Health Hub at 25th

A Richmond East End health education and wellness activity center.

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Lobs & Lessons at MFYC

Weeklong, full-day summer camps for rising 1st through 12th graders.

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Community-Engaged Research

A collaborative process between researcher and community partner that strengthens community well-being.


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Campus Re-Opening

The campus experience will be different than it was before the COVID-19 crisis. We will start the fall semester on Aug. 17 with a portion of employees continuing to telework.  

Our communities need your support to serve the populations impacted by the spread of the coronavirus. Visit Keep on Partnering for resources and tools you can use to support our VCU Health and community partners.

Visit One VCU: Responsible Together for the latest university information, actions and resources available regarding COVID-19.

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Principles of Community Engagement

High-quality academic-community partnerships are built using values and principles that guide us in our work. VCU encourages partnerships that strive for:

  • Impact by aligning efforts to meet community-identified needs.
  • Connections that foster new understanding.
  • Mutual benefit and reciprocity for all parties.
  • Communication that honors shared goals and supports continuous improvement.
  • Contributions that recognize the knowledge, skills and experiences that everyone contributes to the pursuit of common goals.
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