The Richmond Salons in the University Student Commons were bursting at the seams last week with members of the university community eager to discuss diversity and inclusion at the university. VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., announced the hour-long Presidential Forum on Diversity and Inclusion after a group of students rallied at the Compass in support of black students at the University of Missouri protesting discrimination.
We’ve collected favorite recipes from VCU students, faculty, staff and alumni to share and savor this holiday season.
A joint project between a history professor and VCU Libraries shows for the first time how the Ku Klux Klan spread across the U.S. between 1915 and 1940, eventually establishing chapters in every state with an estimated membership of between 2 million and 8 million.
Twelve years after leaving their native country of Mexico and settling in the Richmond area, siblings Giancarlo Orsatti and Ariadna Rendon became U.S. citizens this week, having been guided through the naturalization process by a service-learning course at VCU that assists the local immigrant population.
In the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, there has been intense debate over whether or not to accept the refugees fleeing the war in Syria. Yet that debate, said VCU expert Faedah Totah, Ph.D., is obscuring the important context of what led to this moment of international humanitarian crisis.
Events and announcements
The MCV Campus Student Government Association hosts a gift drive for the Church Hill Christmas Store from Wednesday, Nov. 11, to Tuesday, Dec. 1. Donations will be collected at the Larrick Student Center, in donation boxes around the MCV Campus and at Fourth Baptist Church.
On Wednesday, Nov. 25, the Campus Connector will operate from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Thursday, Nov. 26, through Saturday, Nov. 28, there will be no Campus Connector service. The Campus Connector will resume normal service on Sunday, Nov. 29. A, I and M Lot routes will not be serviced on Thursday, Nov. 26, or Friday, Nov. 27. Employees who park in the A, I or M lots may park in the N Deck or 8th Street Deck on these days. A, I and M Lot routes will resume normal schedules on Monday, Nov. 30.
The School of World Studies presents “Rising from the Ashes: Human Trafficking in South Asia” in the University Student Commons, Forum Room, 12:30–1:45 p.m. According to the Polaris Project, three out of every 1,000 people are currently suffering from human trafficking. Guest speakers will be James Deloatch III, special agent, FBI, and Cassy Mckenzie, Richmond Justice Initiative. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch. For more information, contact Kirsten Nash at email@example.com.
VCU Open Minds in collaboration with the Service-Learning Office and VCU ASPiRE will host author and journalist Patrice Gaines for a lecture, 7–8:30 p.m. Gaines will discuss her memoir, “Laughing in the Dark: From Colored Girl to Woman of Color – A Journey from Prison to Power.” The event will be held at West Grace Street Student Housing – South, room 1004a.