Recent News

Erin Burke Brown
ASPiRE Director, Erin Burke Brown, Ph.D, Named "Top 40 Under 40"
Oct 24, 2018

In Style Weekly's 2018 list, Brown was recognized for helping to make education a "two-way street."

Drs. Cage, Corley and Barnes
ASPiRE Announces Three New Faculty Fellows, New Format
Sep 25, 2018

Dr. Ashlee Barnes, assistant professor in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs; Dr. Jamie Cage, assistant professor in the School of Social Work; and Nicole Corely, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, will collaborate with community partner The Generating Recovery of Academic Direction (GRAD) Center.

ASPiRE trip to Belize
VCU ASPiRE Organizes Summer Camp on 5th Trip to Belize
Aug 22, 2018

VCU ASPiRE and VCU LEAD participants traveled to Belize in July to partner with the Sand Hill community.

Ashley Dunnaway
ASPiRE Alumna Named Outstanding New Elementary Teacher of the Year
Aug 21, 2018

Ashley Dunnaway, ’15, M.T. ’16, was recognized for teaching first grade in Prince William County Schools.

Virginia Volunteerism Conference
ASPiRE Students, Staff Co-Present at Virginia Volunteerism Conference
May 30, 2018

Twenty-five conference participants attended the workshop, "Debunking the Myth of the Slacker Millennial."

Saidu Tejan-Thomas
2015 ASPiRE alumnus Saidu Tejan-Thomas puts his love of storytelling into action at podcasting company
May 7, 2018

Tejan-Thomas is an associate producer with Brooklyn-based podcasting company Gimlet Media and was able to work on the show “Uncivil,” which won a 2017 Peabody Award.

2018 Aspire Completion
ASPiRE Celebrates 84 Students Who Completed the Program
May 2, 2018

More than 80 percent of the students who started ASPiRE's two-year intensive program in 2016 completed it. ASPiRE requires students to live in West Grace South Residence Hall, take nine credit hours and complete 100 co-curricular hours.

ASPiRE appreciation event
ASPiRE Honors Community Partners
Apr 28, 2018

More than 20 ASPiRE community partners and students attended the appreciation event held April 25.

Taylor Wilkerson
ASPiRE Program Leads Student to Career in Social Work
Apr 9, 2018

ASPiRE student Taylor Wilkerson, ’18, has been accepted into VCU’s Master of Social Work program.

ASPiRE Urban Plunge
ASPiRE Students Participate in Urban Plunge, Focus on Homelessness
Mar 12, 2018

Eight ASPiRE students, along with a student from VCU’s ACE-IT program, and two staff members participated with ASPiRE’s 5th annual Urban Plunge program.

Active Citizens Conference
ASPiRE Students Attend Active Citizens Conference
Feb 20, 2018

Eight ASPiRE students attended the conference this year at William & Mary. This year's theme was "The Skills of Freedom."

Elaine Williams
ASPiRE Alumna Tackles Homelessness in Position with YWCA
Dec 18, 2017

As someone who experienced unstable housing as a child, Elaine Williams, '17, used her time at VCU to prepare for a career advocating for women and families in similar situations.

VCU, UR Team up to Serve at East End Cemetery
Oct 9, 2017

Since 2013, VCU students have worked to restore the historic African-American cemetery.

Work in the Community is What Stands Out for New ASPiRE Student
Sep 30, 2017

Jasmine Funderburk ’20, a social work major, started the ASPiRE program this month and has already worked with two community partners.

Up in the Air with ASPiRE Graduate Georgia Cipriani
Jul 24, 2017

Georgia Cipriani '16, an American Airlines flight attendant, takes over the VCU Alumni Instagram account and shares her experiences.

ASPiRE Graduate Accepted to AmeriCorps VISTA Position in New Orleans
Jul 16, 2017

Nicole Reeder will serve for one year as the volunteer coordinator for the nonprofit organization Friends of Lafitte Greenway.

ASPiRE Marks 4th Year Partnering with SPARC's LIVE ART
Jun 22, 2017

Nationally known recording artists and 200 students with and without disabilities took the stage together for a night of music, dance, visual art and inspiring human connection June 11.

ASPiRE Alumna to Serve in Peace Corps in Rwanda
May 2, 2017

Aisha Kamara, a December 2016 graduate and ASPiRE alumna, will be a secondary education English teacher, working with the “Let Girls Learn/Let Girls Work” program.

Annual Appreciation Event Honors Partners
Apr 26, 2017

ASPiRE hosted its annual community partner appreciation event April 12 to recognize and thank community partners who provide service opportunities for ASPiRE students.

Opportunities for Summer Service Offered through ASPiRE
Mar 29, 2017

All VCU staff and 12-month faculty are eligible for 16 hours of Community Service Leave to participate in service opportunities in the community.