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Community service events and opportunities.



Critical Issues in the Richmond Region

A critical component of community engagement is responding to community-identified needs.

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Council for Community Engagement

Representatives from all academic and major support units help facilitate community engagement at VCU.


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Community Engagement News

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VCU Votes

"What is the hallmark of a VCU education? It’s an engaged, real-world experience. That happens within the classroom, but also outside the classroom. It’s what you do on campus, as well as in the off-campus community. And voting is a large part of that.” - Lynn Pelco, Ph.D., associate vice provost for community engagement

VCU is recognized as a top college for student voters. VCU Votes is a coalition of students and faculty members across campus that are leading the effort to register, educate and mobilize VCU student voters.

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Scholar Lightning Talks

Six Community Engagement Scholars from VCU present 3-minute "lightning talks" about aspects of community engagement relevant to their work.

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Get to Know Richmond

Richmond city landscape

Combining the amenities of a major metropolitan area with the charm and convenience of a small historic city, Richmond provides an engaging backdrop for work, play and study.

DCE Staff Pick:

The Valentine Museum’s neighborhood walking tours explore the history and evolution of Richmond’s diverse neighborhoods. Go beyond the highlights and uncover each neighborhood’s best-kept secrets.

RVA History and Culture

The DCE encourages faculty to check out RVA History and Culture, a project with representatives from University of Richmond, VCU, Virginia Union University, Reynolds Community College, and the Valentine Museum. The group was assembled to develop a collaborative strategy to orient faculty to Richmond’s History so that they have context for their teaching, research, and community engagement and can develop authentic partnerships.


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Community Engagement Events



Volunteer with the Urban Forestry Collaborative
Nov. 18, 2018

A project to plant dozens of trees this month in Carver will make the neighborhood a greener and more walkable community, while offsetting the carbon footprint of VCU as the trees grow.