Jessica Diaz

RPS teacher and VCU alum builds community by serving others

Feb. 14, 2022

Jessica Diaz is making a career out of paying it forward as a teacher for Richmond Public Schools.

Eliza Thrall and Greg Podolak stroll down Shafer Court on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus. (Kevin Morley, VCU Marketing)

Rams at heart

Feb. 11, 2022

Couples share their Ram romances, from study dates at Cabell Library to a match made on a study abroad trip.

A new study finds that cancer survivors currently undergoing treatment may be more vulnerable to COVID-19-related misinformation, while those no longer in treatment are less vulnerable. (Getty Images)

Patients undergoing treatment for cancer more susceptible to COVID-19 misinformation, study finds

Feb. 11, 2022

‘Understanding who is more likely to believe certain types of misinformation brings us closer to understanding why this is the case, which in turn may help us address this concerning issue.’

For some enslaved people in the south, escape to Mexico offered their best route to freedom. (Illustration/Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

When the Underground Railroad ran to Mexico

Feb. 9, 2022

In upcoming talk, VCU professor will detail when an estimated 10,000 people journeyed south to escape slavery.

“The New Eagle Creek Saloon,” an installation at The Kitchen by artist Sadie Barnette that reimagines the first Black-owned gay bar in San Francisco. moore's residency is presented in connection to the installation. Photo courtesy of The Kitchen.

Professor’s ‘nightlife-in-residency’ explores queer nightlife, club culture

Feb. 2, 2022

‘My hope is that this project, which is so focused on feeling, sensation, lingering and community, reminds people to feel,’ madison moore said.

Stephen Breyer's decision to retire comes at a key time for President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, according to John Aughenbaugh, an associate professor of political science.

What will be the impact of Stephen Breyer’s retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court?

Jan. 26, 2022

Breyer will retire from the court after serving for more than 27 years, allowing President Joe Biden to nominate a successor.

The new cohort of scholars at VCU's Humanities Research Center includes faculty from the College of Humanities and Sciences and schools of the Arts and Education. (File photo)

Meet the 5 interdisciplinary scholars who will be residential fellows this year at VCU’s Humanities Research Center

Jan. 19, 2022

The fellowship program provides faculty the opportunity to work on projects around a similar theme.

‘Heart of Atlanta’: Alum’s book tells the story behind the first legal challenges to the Civil Rights Act

Jan. 19, 2022

Ronnie Greene writes about the bravery of five Black ministry students and pastors who became unsung heroes of the civil rights movement.

Thinking of hitting the refresh button? Here’s how members of the VCU community took their lives in new directions.

Jan. 14, 2022

Following their hearts and passions led these students, faculty, staff members and graduates to make big changes, from switching majors to starting new careers.

Joe Cates. “I’ve always been curious. I’ve always wanted to understand things better and there’s no better way to do that than to teach others.” (Photo by mx.bex, courtesy of Joe Cates)

Starting over: Joe Cates’ journey from chef to professor

Jan. 14, 2022

Cates spent the first part of his professional life as a chef and restauranteur before a stint in rehab helped put him on a different path.