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Erin Burke Brown Named ASPiRE Director

Erin Burke-Brown has been named the director of VCU ASPiRE, a living-learning program promoting community engagement through academic coursework and co-curricular experiences. She will officially start June 1.

As part of her duties, Brown will provide leadership and oversight for all operations of the program, its staff and curriculum.

"I am so excited to be the next director of the ASPiRE program," Brown said. "I have had the privilege of working with the program for the past two years as a faculty fellow and have found the students and staff to be some of the most dedicated and inspiring people I have met. I believe in the ability of higher education to play a critical role in connecting communities with resources through mutually beneficial collaboration. Programs like ASPiRE help our students explore their passions while gaining hands-on experience in the community. I plan to build on the wonderful work that the program has already done in making meaningful relationships with community partners while leveraging the power and potential of our students to be change agents on-campus and in the local Richmond community."

Dr. Catherine Howard, vice provost, Division of Community Engagement, cites Brown's experience leading community engagement and residence life programs at VCU and the University of Virginia as conributing to her preparation for this position.

"Dr. Brown brings unique skills and experiences that will serve the students and staff of ASPiRE extremely well," Howard said. "In addition, she will be an outstanding collaborator with the other living learning programs at VCU."

Brown is the current associate director for service-learning in the Division of Community Engagement, supporting service-learning faculty, students and community partners in the development of quality courses that integrate meaningful service experiences into the academic curriculum. Brown joined VCU’s Division of Community Engagement in 2008 as the coordinator of the AmeriCorps and America Reads Programs.

Brown is a faculty fellow with the ASPiRE program and is an instructor with Richmond’s Nonprofit Learning Point, where she teaches workshops in volunteer management. She earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration and a Master of Public Administration from VCU and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.

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