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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.

2022-23 Report

Photo of the cover page for the Equity, Inclusion and Diversity & Community Engagement Report for 2022-2023

This report summarizes the College of Humanities and Sciences equity, inclusion and diversity (EID) and community engagement activities for the 2022-23 academic year.

Equity, Inclusion and Diversity & Community Engagement Report, 2022-2023


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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.

Key Concepts

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

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Other EID Concepts

Refers to Black, Indigenous and people of color
Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Justice (EIDJ)
The inclusion of justice in EID
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:

  • Eli Coston, Ph.D.
  • Matilde Moros, Ph.D.
  • Francesca Lyn, Ph.D. (alternate)

History statement on diversity and inclusion

Contact: Kathryn Shively, Ph.D.

Kinesiology and Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Contacts: Monique Morton and Sylvia Rozario, Ph.D.

Contacts: Oyita Udiani, Ph.D., and Susan Kirk

Contacts: Cpt. Ian Ramsey and Diane Stewart-Frausto

Contact: Marilyn Bishop, Ph.D.

Contact: Alexandra Reckendorf, Ph.D.

Contact: Meredith Katz, Ph.D.

SSOR statement on diversity, inclusion and equity

Contacts (DEI committee):

  • Cheng Ly, Ph.D., chair
  • Mita Basu
  • Becky Durfee
  • Shuchi Jain

Robertson School diversity statement

Contact: Veronica Garabelli

Contact: Aspen Brinton, Ph.D.


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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

Mignonne Guy, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies, is the recipient of the 2024 Pebbles Fagan Award. (Contributed photo)

Nov. 17, 2023

VCU’s Mignonne C. Guy receives award for outstanding contributions through health-equity research

Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco honors her commitment to public health.

Jade Raspberry, a biomedical engineering major; Brandi Daniels, a counselor with the Division for Academic Success; and Jaylynn Seay, a forensic science major, are organizers for the inaugural STEM Career Expo. (Kevin Morley, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Nov. 6, 2023

VCU’s new STEM Career Expo stems from students taking the lead

Event on Nov. 9 pulls together campus resources, offers networking opportunities and spotlights diversity.

When she was little, Isabel Dingus loved to rearrange her room. Today, she uses research into ancient cultures to inspire her interior design pursuits. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Oct. 3, 2023

Meet-a-Ram: Isabel Dingus, an interior designer who studies how space reflects cultural identities

Dingus, a scholarship recipient from the International Furnishings and Design Association, is majoring in anthropology and interior design, finding inspiration in ancient design as she creates her own spaces.