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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

report cover for the 2021 v.c.u. college of humanities and sciences equity, inclusion and diversity report

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

Central State Hospital, formerly known as the Central Lunatic Asylum for the Colored Insane, opened in 1869 as the first psychiatric facility in the U.S. to exclusively treat African American patients. (Photo courtesy of the 2022 documentary, "The Central Lunatic Asylum for the Colored Insane," by Shawn Utsey)

Sept. 27, 2022

VCU professor's documentary explores the first psychiatric facility for African Americans and the history of scientific racism

Shawn Utsey’s latest film, “The Central Lunatic Asylum for the Colored Insane,” about what is now called Central State Hospital premiered at the Afrikana Film Festival in Richmond this month.

A new research project will provide a comprehensive assessment of how genetic counselors’ training, demographics, attitudes and beliefs factor into aspects of the cancer genetic counseling process. (Getty Images)

Sept. 12, 2022

VCU-led, NCI-funded project aims to reduce racial disparities in cancer genetic counseling

Researchers hope their $3 million five-year study’s findings will help educators improve communication practices for genetic counselors in training and reduce cancer disparities between Black and white patients.

Sesha Joi Moon, Ph.D., a two-time VCU graduate, joined the U.S. House of Representatives' Office of Diversity and Inclusion as its director this summer. (Kristina Aleksander, U.S. House of Representatives Office of Diversity and Inclusion)

Aug. 24, 2022

Alum Sesha Joi Moon ‘working with purpose and on purpose’ as leader of diversity, equity and inclusion at U.S. Capitol

Moon, a two-time VCU graduate who this summer became the director of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Office of Diversity and Inclusion, encourages students to have ‘equal parts patience and perseverance’ as they embark on their careers.