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Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

Your diverse perspectives, life experiences, cultural backgrounds and social identities fuel our shared value of inclusive excellence within the College of Humanities and Sciences (CHS).

Equity, diversity and inclusion are reflected in our coursework and through our commitment to social justice and community engagement. We encourage students to demonstrate their commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion by engaging in behaviors that support a welcoming and affirming environment for all students. Whether diversity is based on perspectives, life experiences, cultural backgrounds, social identities and other unique expressions, it makes for a better place to learn. Equity is also expressed in our commitment to and mutually respectful engagement with our local community that has historically faced social inequities in education, health, employment and housing through engaging in experiential learning and volunteering.

We encourage you to use VCU and CHS resources, such as wellness activities, advising, training and participation in special events. These resources incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion. We also encourage you to engage in activities and with organizations that support your unique culture and social identity. We hope you take advantage of all of the opportunities available to support you in your personal and academic success.

Please share with us your thoughts and your experiences with regard to equity, diversity and inclusion by sending an email to Faye Belgrave, Ph.D., interim associate dean for equity and community partnerships, at fzbelgra@vcu.edu.

Get Involved

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As a student at VCU, there are multitudes of opportunities to engage with other people—people with similar interests, people who are completely different, people you’d never meet otherwise.

They’ll make your college experience meaningful and help you be a part of something bigger than yourself.

Explore opportunities

Meet Dr. Belgrave

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Faye Belgrave, Ph.D., is the associate dean for equity and community partnerships for the College of Humanities and Sciences.

Learn more about her role in the College.

Key Concepts

We invite you to join us in showing your commitment by practicing these values.

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Get Support

If you ever need support in matters of equity and inclusion, CHS and VCU offer an abundance of institutional resources, such as:

Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Highlights

Mychal Smith, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the VCU Department of Chemistry, will oversee the grant, which will begin in the 2023-24 academic year. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

June 30, 2022

VCU receives $1 million grant to increase minority Ph.D. STEM students

The funding is designed to guide students through the early years of a doctoral program when many drop out.

June 24, 2022

Getting to know Q

VCU’s Q Collective provides opportunities for members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

A compilation of expert opinions from experts in gender, sexuality and women's studies, education, athletics and criminal justice on the 50th anniversary of Title IX.

June 23, 2022

50 years of Title IX: A look at ‘a notable first step’ toward a more equitable playing field for women and girls

As the nation looks back, VCU experts talk about how it’s made a difference and the impact the civil rights law has had on the U.S.

Equity and inclusion: our core values

Within the College of Humanities and Sciences, inclusion and diverse representation are vital for the continued forward progression of the university. I see these values exemplified through the mentorship I receive from BIPOC faculty with identities salient to my own, diverse representation of students within my program, as well as through the growing recognition of and increasing value placed on community engaged work within my department.

Bianca 
Owens
Health Psychology Doctoral Student