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Community engagement institute

Mobilizing university-community partnerships as catalysts for impact


A dynamic program that enrolls more than 4,000 students each year

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Mary and Frances Youth Center

Programming and training to enhance the lives of youth in the Richmond metro area

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Living-learning program that deepens students' understanding of their capacity to create positive change

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corona virus

VCU's Coronavirus Response

In these uncertain and ever-evolving times, we are grateful to our faculty, staff, students and community partners of your patience and creativity as we collectively prepare for COVID-19 (coronavirus) to impact our communities.

Because of ongoing and expanding concerns related to coronavirus, VCU has altered our academic calendar and other university policies to help protect the health, well-being, and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and those in the community we serve.

In light of recent university changes to curriculum delivery, all in-person experiential learning activities (e.g., capstone courses, service-learning, living-learning programs) will be replaced with remote alternatives for the foreseeable future. If you are involved with a program or department practicums, internships, field placements and clinical placements, please check with your department chair or program director for the plan of action.  

  • Academic continuity and remote experiential learning alternative resources available on the Keep on Teaching site
  • Latest university information, actions and resources available on the VCU COVID-19 site  


Engagement with the community is supported at high levels at this university, and it matters in being able to teach effectively and produce valuable scholarship.

Meghan Gough, Ph.D. 
Associate professor and chair of urban and regional studies in the Wilder School

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.

Access the database

Community engagement

Critical issues in the Richmond region

A critical component of community engagement is responding to community-identified needs. LearnRVA is a shared platform meant to tell the story of Richmond, serve as a springboard for future conversations and make connections in a hub for Richmond-oriented research development.

Visit LearnRVA


Cathy Howard

Catherine W. Howard scholarship

Catherine W. Howard, former vice provost of community engagement, retired from VCU in June 2019 after 31 years of service.

Howard’s legacy continues through a scholarship established in her honor. The Catherine W. Howard scholarship supports community-engaged internships, allowing students to have meaningful experiences interning in nonprofit settings.

“We recognize that for a lot of students, especially first-generation students, they don’t have the expansive network to connect with internship and job opportunities,” Howard said. “This scholarship will help further those connections and experiences while addressing critical community needs in a nonprofit setting.”

Learn more and donate to the scholarship at www.support.vcu.edu.