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Alums and Donors

The College of Humanities and Sciences is not an ordinary educational enterprise. We are the foundation of educational and intellectual life at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Our goal is not just the education, but also the transformation of the students who move through their experiences here with our encouragement to explore opportunities they may have never imagined, and providing them the tools to pursue these opportunities.

Our students represent the world at large; many are the first in their families to attend college. From our humble beginnings we have advanced to a place of distinction in American education.

We are not an ivory tower, quiet and removed from our surroundings. We were born and bred in a city and we are immersed in its energy.

We transform lives in an urban environment that is both nurturing and challenging. We are the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences. Together, we make it real.

Alum and Donor News

“It’s quite fascinating to see what parts of history people are inclined to absorb and to think about, because we all have different interests,” said VCU alum Meika Downey. (Contributed photo)

Nov. 1, 2023

Alum Meika Downey brings Virginia’s rich history to life

One of the first to earn VCU’s public history graduate certificate, Downey works as the education manager for Preservation Virginia.

The class Sustainable Community Development, part of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU, developed story maps in partnership with descendant and community groups associated with Barton Heights and Woodland cemeteries. (Contributed photo)

Oct. 10, 2023

VCU students’ online story maps highlight the history of Richmond’s Barton Heights and Woodland cemeteries

The project was developed in close partnership with groups of descendants and volunteers associated with the two historic African American cemeteries in Richmond.

Diana DiGangi, author of “Last Chance Chicago,” is an alum of the Robertson School of Media and Culture. Her debut novel is about insider trading and a protagonist who “who makes complicated decisions but has growing to do.” (Bywater Books)

Oct. 5, 2023

With mystery novel, VCU grad Diana DiGangi puts investigative journalism skills to work

“Last Chance Chicago,” the debut novel for the Robertson School of Media and Culture alum, explores the world of insider trading.