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Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

Equity, inclusion and diversity. These are more than just three words expressing commitment.

They are integral to our experiences and actions within the College of Humanities and Sciences. Commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion promotes experiences and fuels behaviors that support a welcoming and affirming environment for students, staff and faculty. Whether diversity is based on perspectives, life experiences, cultural backgrounds, social identities and other unique expressions, it makes for a better place to work, to teach and learn, to conduct research and to engage with our local community.

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.

We are especially committed to increasing equity for underrepresented minority groups and other protected identities that have historically experienced inequity and lack of representation in higher education.

2021 Report

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This report highlights equity, inclusion and diversity (EID) activities and accomplishments for 2021. This report also provides recommendations for moving forward to strengthen EID.

Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Report 2021 [PDF]

Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Report 2021 [ADA]

IDEC

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The College of Humanities and Sciences Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee (IDEC) highlights, coordinates, promotes and institutes efforts across all CHS units that foster respect, greater understanding, engagement and inclusion of all its members. 

Visit the IDEC web page for more information.

EID Leadership

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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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Other EID Concepts

BIPOC
Refers to Black, Indigenous and people of color
Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Justice (EIDJ)
The inclusion of justice in EID
Minoritized
A term that means to be devalued in society and given less access to its resources. This devaluing encompasses how the group is represented, what degree of access to resources it is granted and how the unequal access is rationalized. Traditionally, a group in this position has been referred to as the minority group. However, this language has been replaced with the term minoritized to capture the active dynamics that create the lower status in society and also to signal that a group's status is not necessarily related to how many or few of them there are in the population at large (see the New Discourses Microaggressions page)
Underrepresented Minority (URM)
A U.S. citizen who identifies as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian. All other Race/Ethnicity categories or Non-U.S. citizens are considered Non-Underrepresented Minorities (Non-URM).

Strategic Goals

We must be intentional about EID as seen through commitment and behaviors, including:

  • how we teach and train students
  • how students live and learn
  • how faculty, staff and students interact with each other

To this end, the College has devised a list of short-term goals for equity, inclusion and diversity for July 2021 through December 2022. The CHS goals are in alignment with several of VCU's Quest 2025 themes and goals and include strategies and metrics.

Visit the EID Strategic Goals page for further information.

Units with Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committees

Contacts: Adam Ewing, Ph.D., and Grace Gipson, Ph.D.

Contacts: Derek Posser, Ph.D., and Wenheng Zhang, Ph.D.

Contact: Charlene Crawley, Ph.D.

Contacts: Shermaine Jones and Shelli Fowler

Contact: Jo Murphy

GSWS Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The entire department is invested in equity, inclusion and diversity as part of its central mission. Several individuals serve as contacts:

Contacts:

Contacts:

  • Cpt. Ian Ramsey
  • Diane Stewart-Frausto

Contact: Marilyn Bishop, Ph.D.

Contact: Alexandra Reckendorf, Ph.D.

Contact: Meredith Katz, Ph.D.

Contact: Aspen Brinton, Ph.D.

Resources

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Check out Dr. Belgrave's curated list of resources from academic and popular media to help CHS faculty and staff incorporate equity, inclusion and diversity into their professions and workplaces.

Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Highlights

Cristina Stanciu, Ph.D., a VCU English professor and director of the Humanities Research Center, is author of the new book "The Makings and Unmakings of Americans: Indians and Immigrants in American Literature and Culture, 1879-1924."

Jan. 26, 2023

VCU professor Cristina Stanciu on her new book, ‘The Makings and Unmakings of Americans’

A cultural history of Americanization, the book draws from an archive of Indigenous and new immigrant writing and visual culture.

This week, Gladys Shaw, left, will be graduating with a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the VCU School of Medicine. She and three other graduating students were part of VCU's Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Ph.D. Program. (Courtesy of Gladys Shaw).

Dec. 9, 2022

Class of 2022: Four standouts in research training program for underrepresented students earn their doctorates

The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development program at VCU expands opportunities for biomedical students from historically excluded groups. Four Ph.D. students from the program will be graduating this month, the biggest class in its history.

Faye Belgrave, Ph.D., encourages students, faculty and staff to venture off campus and engage with the local community to have the full VCU experience. (Jeffrey Kraus, VCU Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success)

Dec. 8, 2022

Growing up in the segregated South inspires professor to pursue avenues that bring people together

Faye Belgrave urges students and researchers to seek out community engagement connections.