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Akira Goden is president of the student organization Black Minds Matter, which is dedicated to improving mental health in the Black community. (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Class of 2022: Akira Goden is passionate about mental health in the Black community

March 30, 2022

A double major in African American studies and psychology, her dream is to combine those two fields as a therapist.

Michael Ra-shon Hall, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of English.

Professor’s new book explores African American travel and imagination

March 25, 2022

Michael Ra-shon Hall’s interest was sparked when he encountered a rare copy of the 'Green Book' as a graduate student.

Rima Franklin

Franklin appointed chair of the Department of Biology

March 24, 2022

Rima Franklin, Ph.D. is an associate professor of biology as well as an affiliate faculty member of the Rice Rivers Center.

Daryl Van Tongeren, Ph.D. (Photo courtesy Daryl Van Tongeren)

Widely published psychology alum hopes to help create 'a more compassionate world'

March 23, 2022

Daryl Van Tongeren, Ph.D., studies some of life’s biggest questions — the meaning of life, religion, virtues, to name a few.

The Department of African American Studies initiated the process to rename its building, formerly Harrison House, in January 2020. (University Marketing)

Gabriel’s House: African American Studies building renamed in honor of leader of planned slave revolt

March 22, 2022

‘We honor Gabriel for his courage in pursuing the unfinished work of Black liberation, and as a true hero of Virginia.’

Richmond's Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground is located at the intersection of North Fifth and Hospital streets and has been neglected for generations. Photo courtesy of Ryan Smith, VCU Department of History.

Long-neglected Black cemetery in Richmond added to Virginia Landmarks Register

March 18, 2022

A VCU history professor is part of a team that has worked for years to win state and federal recognition of the Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground.

2020 Virginia Commonwealth University alum Kelly Nguyen is a recipient of a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs fellowship, which supports individuals who want to pursue a career in the foreign service of the U.S. Department of State. Contributed photo.

VCU alum is the recipient of a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program fellowship

March 10, 2022

Studies at VCU helped lay the foundation for the work Kelly Nguyen hopes to do with the U.S. foreign service.

At STEAM Day, Mychal Smith, Ph.D., an assistant professor of chemistry at VCU, turns a pickle into a battery for fifth-graders at Patrick Copeland Elementary School in Hopewell. VCU students and faculty volunteered on the first day of spring break to teach grade-school students about science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. (Alexis Finc, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences)

VCU students open Hopewell grade schoolers’ eyes to science at STEAM Day

March 10, 2022

On their first day of spring break, VCU science, technology, engineering, arts and math students showed off science experiments to students at Patrick Copeland Elementary School.

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‘The human costs of Russia’s aggression are staggering’

March 9, 2022

VCU expert Judy Twigg explains where things stand in Ukraine, the impact that sanctions on Russia are having, and the role of the U.S. moving forward.

Michael Dickinson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of History in the College of Humanities and Sciences.

‘Almost Dead,’ by VCU history professor, reveals how the urban Atlantic was shaped by Black lives

March 8, 2022

The book uses the words, thoughts and deeds of captives to reveal how urban environments in Anglo-America impacted and were affected by African descended people.