Research and Professional Development Opportunities

VCU is committed to connecting organizations, groups and individuals to VCU’s resources. To learn more about how scientists and other researchers have addressed a particular area of interest, contact VCU Libraries. For more information, contact Sara Williams, head of academic outreach, at

Research Studies and Clinical Trials

VCU offers many opportunities to be a participant in research studies, including clinical trials. However, not all studies are right for every individual. It is important for community members to understand the risks and benefits of participating in research studies.

Learn more about the VCU’s clinical trial research opportunities.

If you or your organization could benefit from work with other VCU non-clinical researchers, contact David Timberline in the DCE’s Office of Community-Engaged Research at  

Quality Improvement Opportunities

The DCE’s Richmond Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI) is a continuous quality improvement process for out-of-school time programs working with youth. The process, which is based on over 40 years of research and being practiced across the U.S and Canada, equips programs to improve their quality through quality assessment, coaching and targeted professional development.

For more information, contact Shekinah Mitchell at

Professional Development Opportunities

The Nonprofit Learning Point provides high-quality, affordable professional and leadership development for nonprofit community of the greater Richmond region. Professional development classes are offered in all aspects of nonprofit management and leadership, and a library of resources is also available. 

Mentor Training

The Virginia Mentoring Partnership provides training and support to mentors and mentoring programs across Virginia.