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Council for Community Engagement

Representatives from all academic and major support units help facilitate community engagement at VCU.

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Working together, changing lives.

The VCU Division of Community Engagement mobilizes university-community partnerships that generate innovative solutions to societal challenges and prepares the engaged citizens of tomorrow. 

Community Engagement News

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    A Weekend in Wise
    Aug 16, 2017

    For 18 years, VCU students and faculty have volunteered at the nation’s largest free pop-up health clinic. This year, we went with them.

    Volunteers Help Critically Ill Children from Developing Countries Feel Welcome
    Aug 8, 2017

    Anita Nadal, a professor in the School of World Studies in the College of Humanities and Sciences, and students taking her class on understanding language and Latin American cultures this summer have been volunteering with the World Pediatric Project, which brings critically ill children from developing countries to the United States for medical care.

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Community Engagement Events



Equity and Inclusion Leadership Symposium
Aug. 18, 2017

Engage in breakout presentations around emerging topics in diversity, inclusion, equity and access.



Faculty Convocation
Aug. 23, 2017

VCU will recognize distinguished faculty during the Opening Faculty Address and Convocation.



Coffee, Cake and Community Engagement
Sep. 6, 2017

Learn how to advance your teaching, research and scholarship through academic-community partnerships.

Seven University-Community Programs Awarded 2017-18 Community Engagement Grants

VCU's Council for Community Engagement awarded seven university-community programs one-year grants of up to $20,000 during a celebration of the university’s commitment to community engagement on May 3 at Cabell Library. In addition, four ongoing projects were recognized with Currents of Change Awards, which recognize outstanding university-community partnerships in research, outreach, teaching and student-initiated projects.

Over the course of a decade, the CCE has awarded more than $1 million in grants to more than 70 projects with a direct impact on the community. Grants have provided a real-world context for research, teaching and service.

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Scholar Lightning Talks

Six Community Engagement Scholars from VCU present 3-minute "lightning talks" about aspects of community engagement relevant to their work.

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Community Engagement Faculty Stars

As part of the DCE’s 10th anniversary, the division is profiling VCU faculty members who are committed to community engagement.

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Profiles in Learning: VCU's Community Engagement

Vice Provost for Community Engagement Catherine Howard, Ph.D, is featured in the Provost Office's “Profiles in Learning” video series. She discusses the mission of VCU’s Division of Community Engagement and how it contributes to the success of VCU’s strategic plan, Quest for Distinction.

Get to Know Richmond

Combining the amenities of a major metropolitan area with the charm and convenience of a small historic city, Richmond provides an engaging backdrop for work, play and study.

DCE Staff Pick:

The Valentine Museum’s neighborhood walking tours explore the history and evolution of Richmond’s diverse neighborhoods. Go beyond the highlights and uncover each neighborhood’s best-kept secrets.