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Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community in which people of all cultural backgrounds and life experiences are supported and valued.
Our institutional commitment is reflected in the establishment of VCU Inclusive Excellence in 2013, as well as in our university’s core values and mission statement and in our existing and future strategic plans.
Diversity is among our greatest assets at VCU, and our effort to create and sustain an equitable and inclusive environment is the best approach toward leveraging this asset into universal excellence and success.
VCU Inclusive Excellence is responsible for actualizing diversity initiatives that foster a welcoming community and support all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veterans’ status and disability. This includes:
Our programs and events include workshops, presentations and courses that enhance understanding of diversity. We also provide mentoring, seminars, consultation and professional development to support diverse faculty in securing external funding to advance their research agendas.
In 2019, VCU Inclusive Excellence underwent an internal reorganization, which resulted in a stronger infrastructure to support university strategic planning and implementation. This reorganization also created a greater alignment between the unit’s organizational capabilities and intended impact. The unit has made a decided shift from an activities-based model to a service-impact model that allows us to accurately locate tipping points for transformational change.
The central focus across the next six years of the unit's lifespan will be how our work impacts a change in trajectory toward achieving the four themes that shape VCU's strategic plan, Quest 2025. These themes are:
We are focused on making sure we engage you as often as appropriate in our ongoing pursuit of diversity, inclusion and excellence.