Victor Narro

Alum spotlight: Victor Narro, J.D. (BA History ‘86/H&S)

Nov. 23, 2021

Inspired by the lessons taught by his scholar activist professors from his VCU undergraduate experience, Narro launched a decades-long career as a champion for immigrant communities.

VCU Afghan Student Organization officers: Rida Jamal (left), Sadef Osmanzai (back), Waris Bahrami (right) and Yasameen Anwari (front). (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Mobilizing to help Afghans in need

Nov. 22, 2021

Responding to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, VCU students and graduates of Afghan descent are raising money, donating supplies, assisting refugees and providing information in a chaotic time.

Turner's undergraduate experiences include time as a research intern at the National Institutes of Health. (Allen Jones, University Marketing)

Class of 2021: Triniti Turner is driven by a passion for research and forensic science

Nov. 19, 2021

The graduating student’s experiences include time in a forensic molecular biology lab and as a research intern at the National Institutes of Health.

An injury cut short Shae Gavit's military career. Now she hopes to help veterans, active-duty military and military families struggling with substance and alcohol abuse. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

Class of 2021: Former Marine wants to help veterans who suffer from addiction

Nov. 18, 2021

Though an injury cut short her military career, Shae Gavit wants to carry out the oath she took to serve others.

Derick Waller, left, with then-WABC photographer Gus Alonso, center, and WABC photographer John Sprei. (Courtesy of Derick Waller)

Emmy-winning reporter and alum Derick Waller on Trump, journalism, VCU and life in New York

Nov. 17, 2021

Waller’s journey to WABC-TV — the most watched station in the nation’s largest media market — has been one of big stories and big dreams.

VCU students can get a taste of other cultures and learn from peers from around the world by participating in programs like Global Cafe. These programs make global education accessible to students with international interests but who aren't able to study abroad. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

Beyond borders: How VCU is expanding opportunities so all students have access to a global education

Nov. 17, 2021

From Global Café to Cultural Conversations, nearly a dozen new programs at the university aim to provide students with international experiences.

Tosha Yingling. “Disability studies is as important for people that consider themselves able-bodied as people with disabilities, particularly when we talk about race or class.” (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

Disability studies certificate helps students critique social models through lectures, readings, guest speakers and research

Nov. 11, 2021

The Partnership for People with Disabilities in collaboration with the School of Education launched the certificate as a unique interdisciplinary sequence of courses.

empty hospital beds

Pilot grants for early-career cancer researchers draw record applicants

Nov. 9, 2021

VCU Massey Cancer Center recently renewed its Institutional Research Grant (IRG) from the American Cancer Society(ACS) – a program that has been providing seed money to early-career cancer researchers at VCU for nearly 50 years.

A VCU-led study of students in seven countries early in the pandemic finds that college students were more likely to practice social distancing if they believed two things: that it would protect against COVID-19 and that it was an action they could easily carry out. (Getty Images)

To persuade college students to practice social distancing, scaring them into action isn’t enough

Nov. 9, 2021

A VCU-led study of students in 7 countries early in the pandemic finds that effective messages emphasized that social distancing would protect against COVID-19 and that it was something people could easily do.

Matt Cricchio’s debut novel, “Security Day,” focuses on the complex relationship between the people of Afghanistan and the U.S. military. (Courtesy of Matt Cricchio)

Grad’s war novel highlights the complicated relationship between the U.S. military and the Afghan people

Nov. 9, 2021

Navy veteran and VCU alum Matt Cricchio served in Afghanistan. His debut novel, “Security Day,” will “change how you think about American conflict overseas.”