McKenna Brown (second from left), shown on a recent visit to Guatemala, served as the founding director of VCU’s School of World Studies in the College of Humanities and Sciences. He retires this year after 28 years on VCU’s faculty. (Courtesy McKenna Brown)

R. McKenna Brown, founding director of VCU’s School of World Studies, retires after 28 years

June 1, 2023

An expert in Maya culture and language, Brown expanded global learning and international partnerships for students and supported faculty development.

The program will prepare entry-level trainees to serve as bench-ready firearms analysts in the area of microscopic comparisons of firearms-related evidence. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Stephanie Walcott, VCU Department of Forensic Science).

New noncredit VCU certificate program will train crime lab analysts

June 1, 2023

Addressing national demand, the 18-month curriculum in forensic firearms examination broadens VCU’s footprint in the field.

Gabriel’s House at 816 W. Franklin St. is home of the African American Studies program. The building was named after Gabriel, an enslaved Richmond man who organized a rebellion in 1800 intended to end slavery in Virginia.

20 years after the establishment of the African American studies major at VCU, a look back at the program’s history and impact

May 30, 2023

Since its origins more than five decades ago, the program has developed into a ‘hub for Black intellectual thought.’

SJ Sindu, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of English at VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences, teaches creative writing and released her first graphic novel, “Shakti,” this week. Here, she enjoys a cup of tea in her home office. (Max Schlickenmeyer, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

With graphic novel ‘Shakti,’ SJ Sindu shares ‘the kind of story that I wanted to have’ as a child

May 26, 2023

VCU creative writing professor blends Tamil mythology from native Sri Lanka, manga inspirations from childhood, LGBTQIA+ narratives and life lessons on emotions and bullying for middle-grade readers.

Daniela Negrete (left) and Mariana Fernandes Gragnani have helped lead Collective Corazón, a student organization that aims to break down cultural barriers in health care. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

From the heart, VCU student group promotes Latinx health equity

May 24, 2023

Collective Corazón’s efforts include a spring symposium that spotlighted professionals and inspired aspiring practitioners.

Ryan Smith is interested in cemeteries as sources to understand the past and as important subjects in their own right. (Contributed photo)

VCU history professor Ryan Smith to explore ‘Liberty and Death in St. John’s Churchyard’ on May 25

May 22, 2023

Smith’s lecture will draw from his most recent book “Death and Rebirth in a Southern City: Richmond’s Historic Cemeteries.”

Varun Kodali is a second-year Honors College student studying biology and minoring in chemistry in the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences. (Contributed photo)

VCU award winners are Keeping it REAL in research, community engagement and global education

May 22, 2023

Projects that highlight relevant, experiential and applied learning touch on cancer treatment, youth exposure to science and cultural expansion.

Jarrod Reisweber, Psy.D., in a scene from The TST Retreat, an immersive, interactive VR environment created to help individuals with addictions and mental health conditions and guide them toward recovery. (Image: Lighthouse XR)

Healing with a headset: Virtual Reality shows promise in treating substance use disorders

May 19, 2023

VCU psychologist will present clinical trial findings to Congress on June 7.

Olivia Blackstone, Oscar Kemp and Yathzelly Ortega are just three of thousands of VCU undergraduates who earned their degrees this month.

In their words: Crossing the finish line

May 19, 2023

In a series of short videos, three new VCU graduates capture their thoughts and emotions in the weeks leading up to commencement.

Nonso Akunwafor and Vishnu Alavala will be fellows in the Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes this year. (Contributed photo)

Two VCU students selected as fellows for Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes

May 17, 2023

Nonso Akunwafor, a freshman studying urban and regional studies, and Vishnu Alavala, a freshman studying biology, will go abroad this summer as part of the program.