About Us

Welcome from the Vice Provost 

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Community Engagement is about partnerships between VCU and its communities that are working together, changing lives. These mutually-beneficial partnerships impact our teaching and learning, our scholarship, and our outreach efforts that strive to improve the human condition and support the public good at home and abroad. 

The Division of Community Engagement assists VCU’s faculty, staff, and students who are involved with service-learning classes or community-based research projects; we address the continuing studies and professional development needs of adults in the region and beyond; we offer programs for the community through the resources of the Mary and Frances Youth Center and the Carver Neighborhood space; we have launched ASPiRE, VCU's first living-learning residential hall with a focus on community engagement, and much more. The Division also administers the Council for Community Engagement, a representative body from all academic and academic-support units committed to creating a culture of community engagement at VCU.

Recognized as a community-engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation, VCU is one of only 54 universities to be designated by the Carnegie Foundation as “Community Engaged” with “Very High Research Activity.”

As outlined in VCU's Quest for Distinction, the Division of Community Engagement is prepared to lead the university in becoming a national model for community engagement and regional impact. By serving as a portal for access, the division connects the university with the larger community and engages faculty, staff and students in service.

Together we can address the opportunities and challenges that confront the Commonwealth, the nation and the world while preparing the citizens of tomorrow.

I invite you to explore this website and seek ways to become engaged in our community. Join us in our efforts of working together, changing lives.

Catherine W. Howard, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Community Engagement

Profiles in Learning: VCU's Community Engagement

Dr. Howard is featured in the Provost Office's “Profiles in Learning,” video series. She discusses the mission of VCU’s Division of Community Engagement and how it contributes to the success of VCU’s strategic plan, Quest for Distinction.