Timeline and Nominations

2016-17 Nomination and Awards Cycle

Dates are subject to change.

January 2017
Request for 2016-17 Currents of Change Award Nominations Announced

March 31, 2017
2016-17 Currents of Change Award Nominations Due

April 22, 2017
Awardees Notified

May 3, 2017

  • Celebrate VCU with the Community! Event
  • Currents of Change Award Recipients Announced

How to Nominate

  1. Access the online application form at https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=DC7EFRAFHT.
  2. Complete one nomination for each initiative you are nominating.
  3. Complete all sections and electronically sign your nomination.
  4. Submit all nominations online by 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2017.

For questions about the online nomination form, contact Audrey Trussell at atrussell@vcu.edu.

Nomination Form Sections

Complete all sections of the 2016-17 Currents of Change Award nomination form. These include:

Project Information

  • Category
  • Project name
  • Nominator information
  • Nominee information
  • VCU partner information
  • Community partner information
  • Project duration

Project Narrative

  • Community engagement focus area (three sentence limit)
  • Community-identified need addressed by the project (two sentence limit)
  • Project description (two sentence limit)
  • Project scope (three sentence limit)
  • Project innovation (two sentence limit)
  • Evidence of project effectiveness and demonstrated outcomes (three sentence limit)

Selection Criteria


Scope refers to the breadth of the project and includes metrics such as the number of individuals involved in the project, the number of hours dedicated, the amount of institutional staff support time provided, the level of difficulty providing services, the level of skill and/or expertise utilized, and the level of collaboration with other organizations and/or leveraging of resources to implement the project.


Examples of innovation include the use of new or creative solutions to persistent problems and the production of unique or surprising impacts.

Evidence of Effectiveness

Evidence of effectiveness includes measures such as the number of individuals impacted by the project, amount of money raised and other measurable benefits (e.g., number of houses cleaned/renovated/built, tons of trash recycled, etc.), likely long-term benefits, and evidence of sustainability and/or institutionalization. 

2016-17 Currents of Change nomination and categories details (PDF).