A compilation of expert opinions from experts in gender, sexuality and women's studies, education, athletics and criminal justice on the 50th anniversary of Title IX.

50 years of Title IX: A look at ‘a notable first step’ toward a more equitable playing field for women and girls

June 23, 2022

As the nation looks back, VCU experts talk about how it’s made a difference and the impact the civil rights law has had on the U.S.

At two high-profile events in Washington, D.C., celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Pell Grant program, Virginia Commonwealth University grad and Pell Grant recipient Anirban Mahanty will share his story and explain how the need-based grant program set him up for success at VCU and beyond. (Photo by Isaiah Mamo, University Marketing)

As part of the Pell Grant’s 50th anniversary, a VCU grad is sharing his story with federal policymakers

June 22, 2022

Anirban Mahanty, who graduated in May, will co-moderate a reception hosted by national higher education organizations and will speak at a congressional briefing at the U.S. Capitol.

Juneteenth: A reading list

June 15, 2022

This list of faculty-recommended books can help you learn about and celebrate Juneteenth.

Community members, scholars and city officials prepare on Sunday to unveil the state historic marker for the Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground at the intersection of North Fifth and Hospital streets in Richmond. (Allen Jones, University Marketing)

State marker unveiled at Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground

June 14, 2022

The remains of more than 20,000 Black Americans are buried on the site.

Melissa Mason, a VCU School of Social Work and College of Humanities and Sciences alum, and her childhood best friend Lillian Jackson co-founded Brown Skin Brunchin', a platform geared toward encouraging women of color to connect and build relationships over brunch. (Allen Jones, University Marketing)

For VCU alum and 25,000 others using her platform, meaningful connections start with brunch

June 13, 2022

Melissa Mason’s business, Brown Skin Brunchin’, has helped thousands of minority women connect, personally and professionally, in 71 cities across three countries.

A zoom lesson with (clockwise from upper left) Anita Nadal, assistant professor in the School of World Studies; VCU student Abigail Andrade; and Jonathan Clarke of the Richmond Fire Department. (Anita Nadal)

Richmond Fire Department teams with VCU to help overcome language barriers

June 13, 2022

Having someone on a fire or medical emergency call who speaks Spanish can bring calm to some situations, said Richmond firefighter Cody Oliver.

Populism has played a role in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. (Getty Images)

Exploring strategic connections between populism and the debate on pipelines

June 9, 2022

In his new book, VCU assistant professor Kai Bosworth looks at the theory of populism and how it relates to the world today.

Sarah Gordon teaches about microplastics in rivers to VCU students participating in Footprints on the James, a five-week experiential course to learn about the biodiversity and history of the James River. (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Traversing the James River to learn about its biodiversity and history

June 8, 2022

Students participating in VCU’s experiential Footprints on the James course are also helping professors from across the U.S. test new river-based field lessons.

Naomi Ghahrai visited Fo Guang Shan in Kaohsiung. It is the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. (Courtesy Naomi Ghahrai)

Naomi Ghahrai embraces new study abroad opportunity in Taiwan

June 6, 2022

VCU grad is conducting research, taking a class and teaching young students as part of the program.

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Professor says war crimes investigation in Ukraine could take years

June 3, 2022

“It’s critical to find both the physical, testimonial, and the documentary evidence of war crimes,” said Tal Simmons, who has examined evidence at multiple scenes, including in Sri Lanka and the former Yugoslavia.