Community Engagement

DCE has a vision to integrate community engagement in all aspects of VCU's work to address societal inequities, bridge the university-community divide, and demonstrate civic responsibility through transformative action.

Community Engagement is a key component of VCU's Quest 2028 Strategic Plan. The university uses its special position in Central Virginia's economy and culture to tackle important needs identified by the community. It adjusts its programs to make the most impact through partnerships at local, regional, and international levels.

At DCE, our mission's key values are Partnerships, Alignment, and Impact.

Place-based community engagement

Mary and Frances Youth Center

The Mary and Frances Youth Center provides programming and training to enhance the lives of youth in the Richmond metro area.

The center is located on VCU's Monroe Park campus along West Cary Street and consists of two private tennis courts and classrooms designed for youth programming and youth-centered training.

The center is the home of the Lobs and Lessons youth leadership development program and The Toolbox at MFYC, a professional development program for youth-serving organizations.

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VCU Health Hub

The VCU Health Hub is a Richmond East End health education and wellness activity center. Our goal is to provide activities that promote individual and community health and well-being while learning together.

Most of our programs are free and delivered by VCU faculty, staff and students, VCU Health team members or community partners.

All programs are developed in partnership with the community, building on collaborative strengths to empower community members to improve their health and wellness.

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Rich Killingsworth at Health Hub Event Table