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    Mobilizing university-community partnerships that generate innovative solutions to societal challenges and prepare the engaged citizens of tomorrow.

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Service Opportunities

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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Register for Community Engagement Institute

Community Engagement Institute

May 14 & 15, 2019

The Institute brings together those who share a commitment to solving today's grand challenges through community-academic partnerships.

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VCU and VCU Health System Community-Engaged Partnership Database


The partnership database is an online resource that places university-community relationship data in the hands of faculty, staff, students and community partners. The partnership database is a collaboration between the Offices of the Provost and the Vice President for Health Sciences.

Contributing to and accessing data is easy:

Step 1: Login with your eID.

Step 2: Filter projects by interest area.

Step 3: Browse by Partner or Faculty/Staff to find projects and begin networking.

Be sure to share with colleagues and give us feedback.

Need help? Contact David Timberline, project manager, at or (804) 929-2460.

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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