Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

As a student in the College of Humanities and Sciences (CHS), you will be appreciated for your unique background and perspectives.

You can expect the courses you take, the new friendships you embark on and the clubs and organizations you become a part of to reflect diversity in numerous forms.

We value your different perspectives, life experiences, cultural backgrounds and social identities. These foster our shared principles of inclusive excellence. Our commitment to social justice and equity are further demonstrated through community engagement. You will see our values reflected in activities that promote equity within our local community, whether through experiential learning classes, working on a community-based research project or volunteering.

You can expect resources, such as wellness activities, counseling, training and special events. These resources also include those that are uniquely tailored to your cultural group or social identity. We believe you will feel empowered by the many opportunities available to enable you to be successful.

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As a student at VCU, you'll find 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.

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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.

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