CEI News

CEI statement on addressing systemic racism
CEI stands in solidarity with our Richmond community, recognizing that Black lives matter.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Professional Fraternity Organizes (Socially-Distanced) Community Clean-Up in Honor of George Floyd
Community Conversation Series Connects Community Members with Local COVID-19 Experts
VCU Living-Learning Programs Update
Spring Interns Make Their Own (Remote) Marks on the VCU Health Hub at 25th
The center's three interns have risen to the challenge of working through a global pandemic.
Jennifer Boyle named new executive director of MENTOR Virginia
Boyle was previously the vice president of operations for Junior Achievement of Central Virginia.
Open house
Health Hub Welcomes Community Members for Open House
The VCU Health Hub at 25th is a health education and wellness activity center that opened in May.
America Reads
Ten VCU Interns Head to Carver Classrooms through America Reads Program
Interns work 15 hours per week assisting with literacy activities.
Marketing class
Undergraduate marketing class dishes up data collection for the Health Hub
A team of student marketers from the School of Business delivered creative research solutions to VCU's new health education and wellness activity center.
Lynn Pelco
A spare minute with the CEI: Lynn Pelco, associate vice provost for community engagement
Lynn Pelco is the associate vice provost for community engagement in the Center for Community Engagement and Impact.
Tito Luna
A spare minute with the CEI: Tito Luna, neighborhood outreach director, Center for Community Engagement and Impact
As Virginia Commonwealth University’s neighborhood outreach director, Tito Luna serves as a liaison to VCU’s surrounding neighborhoods, working closely with a team of neighborhood representatives and the VCU Neighborhood Team. Luna helps link faculty, staff and students to opportunities for collaboration with neighborhoods and other community partners, with a special focus on developing programs and activities that respond to community-identified needs, are mutually reinforcing and connect VCU staff and students to the ideals of civic responsibility and reciprocity. Before coming to VCU, he spent more than 20 years in youth-serving not-for-profit organizations and six years in Queens, NY as the county's director of youth development.
Stephanie Odera
A spare minute with the CEI: Stephanie Odera, associate director, Graduate RVA
Stephanie Odera is the associate director of Graduate RVA in the Center for Community Engagement and Impact. Graduate RVA is a college access network that seeks to right educational inequalities in the Richmond region by significantly increasing postsecondary completion rates, with a special focus on underrepresented minorities. A social work practitioner, Odera has more than 10 years of experience in the field, including working as a school social worker in Richmond Public Schools and in child protective services for the Virginia Department of Social Services. She’s also a former assistant professor in the VCU School of Social Work, where her teaching and research interests include educational equity, the promotion of racial and economic justice and social work in school settings.
Elizabeth Prom-Wormley
Health Hub Spotlight: Elizabeth Prom-Wormley
We Are Listening: How Community Input is Developing a Culture of Connected Wellness at the Health Hub
VCU’s Center for Urban Communities and Division of Community Engagement are merging
The new Center for Community Engagement and Impact will build on a legacy of community programs at VCU.
Richmond Health and Wellness Program Expands to Health Hub
Pamela Parsons to lead new initiatives within the collaborative care model
Health Hub at 25th Spotlight: Erin Stanforth
Making sustainability more accessible
Division of Community Engagement Marks Continued Growth and Impact in 2018-19
Areas of focus included supporting faculty in their community-engaged teaching and scholarship; growing experiential learning opportunities that allow students to engage with the community; and building sustained community-university partnerships.
Interdisciplinary VCU-JMU Team Recognized Nationally for Innovative Teaching Strategy in Civic Learning
The JMU-VCU “Debate Across the Curriculum” project received an honorable mention in the 2019 American Civic Collaboration Awards (“Civvys”).
Graduate RVA Poised to Tackle Educational Inequality by Increasing Postsecondary Completion Rates Among Underrepresented Populations in Region
Joint effort between VCU and regional two- and four-year colleges and universities allows students to earn credentials and degrees through reverse transfer process.
Tito Luna
President Rao, Community Members Participate in Annual Neighborhood Forum
The annual forum provides an opportunity for VCU officials and community members to exchange information and listen to each other.
Celebrate Event
Council for Community Engagement Recognizes Outstanding Partnerships
The Carver Tree Project was the overall Currents of Change winner.
CEI 2019
On and Off Campus Stakeholders Connect at 7th Annual Community Engagement Institute
Through interactive workshops presented by 18 scholars, institute participants explored the power and potential of community-academic partnerships from a variety of angles.
VCU Experts, Nonprofit Leaders Discuss How to Support Vulnerable Populations During Pandemic