Faculty Senate resolution on Diversity and Inclusion

From Faculty Senate President Holly Alford: “Dr. Rao is aware and grateful for the resolution which solidifies his statements on Diversity and Inclusion. I want to thank all Senators for helping to speed up this process and for your willingness to take part in crafting this resolution.” Please share with your faculty colleagues.

Download: Faculty Senate Resolution On Diversity and Inclusion (Final) [PDF]

Text of resolution:

Virginia Commonwealth University Faculty Senate Resolution on Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Whereas VCU’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has been expressed in word and in action through the Quest for Distinction Strategic Plan, the Division for Inclusive Excellence and associated advisory groups (i.e. the Council for Inclusive Excellence and Equity, Inclusive Learning Council, Diversity Groups, President’s Action Group on Diversity & Inclusion), plus several other organizations and initiatives;

Whereas VCU is a highly diverse institution with half of the VCU student body reporting as minority race/ethnicity (http://www.collegedata.com/cs/data/college/college_pg01_tmpl.jhtml?schoolId=1565) and with 1,600 international students representing 108 countries (http://international.admissions.vcu.edu/);

Whereas VCU encourages global education through programs such as VCU Globe: A Global Education Living-Learning Community and VCU Qatar; and

Whereas VCU seeks to recruit, train, and maintain diverse faculty through efforts such as iCubed (Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation) and Building Inclusive Communities; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, that the VCU Faculty Senate:

  1. applauds the message of President Rao to “reaffirm our commitment to inclusion, to ensuring that every person who comes to VCU is respected and emboldened to succeed. We reaffirm that we will always be a place of the highest integrity, accountability, and we will offer an unyielding commitment to serving those who need us;”
  2. will undertake as needed and encourage appropriate actions to ensure the rights of all individuals, including but not limited to any group, regardless of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, family medical and genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or immigration status, to pursue their educational goals with human dignity and in safety;
  3. promotes the core values of respect, civility, equality, open-mindedness, and the free spirit of inquiry, and denounces all acts that create a climate of fear and hatred, bigotry or misogyny. Such acts threaten VCU’s mission as a public research university to advance knowledge and student success; and
  4. affirms our commitment to lead efforts and initiatives that strive for inclusive excellence.

Passed by unanimous vote of all those present at Faculty Senate November, 29, 2016

Today, Monday 11/21: Panel on Working with Distressed and Distressing Students

Working with Distressed and Distressing Students: Creating an Accommodating Culture of Learning

working with distressed students flyerThis panel discussion will provide academic leadership an opportunity to talk with a variety of experts about a range of issues and learn about available resources.

Monday, November 21, 2016
3-5 p.m.
Monroe Park Campus University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms C/D
Register: http://bit.ly/rsvpNov21

For additional information contact VCU Faculty Affairs at (804) 828-6162.

Welcome back! First meeting 8/30; First Generation students event 8/26

Welcome back, Senators! The first Faculty Senate meeting is August 30 at 4 p.m. in the Monroe Park Campus Student Commons, Salons III and IV. Please review the agenda for August 30 and minutes from the May 3 meeting. If you are a new Senator, please arrive at 3:30 p.m. for orientation.

The Senate also wants to inform you that we are supporting our first generation students. We ask faculty, especially first generation faculty members, to come out and support our students who are the first in their families to go to college. The first event is August 26th in the Commonwealth Ballroom from 3 to 4 p.m.:

First-gen fridays event series

Annual meeting with President Rao Tuesday 2/2 at 4 p.m. – open to all faculty

Senators, please plan to attend and invite your colleagues: our next meeting is next Tuesday, February 2, from 4-6 p.m. in the University Student Commons Commonwealth Ballroom (Monroe Park Campus). All faculty are invited and encouraged to attend this discussion of issues of importance to the faculty and the University community.

And as a reminder, Dr. Rao will deliver his State of the University address Thursday 1/28 at 11 a.m. at the University Student Commons and online at www.vcu.edu.

Higher Education Advocacy Day – this Thursday January 14, 2016

All faculty are welcome to join for all or part of the 2016 Higher Education Advocacy Day this Thursday, January 14, 2016. We will have faculty from James Madison, Radford, George Mason, Norfolk State, University of Richmond, Randolph Macon, etc. Let’s show our fellow faculty members how VCU advocates for its faculty.

Information on legislative offices to visit will be available when you arrive. If possible, confirm your participation plans with Pat Cummins and Brian Turner  to help us plan better for visits and food.

VCU organizers:

Meet at Theater Row Building, 730 E. Broad Street, 4th floor conference room across from elevator.

Parking for VCU faculty is available in the 8th St. deck. at 659 N. 8th Street. Other parking is readily available in public lots and at meters throughout downtown.

Final Schedule

8:40 A.M. Coffee – 4th floor conference room, 730 E. Broad Street (Theater Row Building)

9:15 A.M. 730 E. Broad Street (Theater Row Building)

  • Welcome by three co-sponsors – 
    • VCU Faculty Senate President Holly Alford
    • AAUP Virginia Conference President Ron Thomas (Norfolk State U)
    • FSVA President David McGraw (James Madison U)
  • Matthew Conrad — Legislative updates

9:45 A.M. Orientation and assignments, Distribution of promotional materials  – 4th floor conference room, 730 E. Broad Street (Theater Row Building)

10:00 A.M. Visits to legislative offices – Capitol complex – 2 blocks from 730 E. Broad

10:30 A.M. Presentation of the AAUP Colonel Michael S. Harris Award to Del. David Toscano

Noon Light lunch available – 4th floor conference room, 730 E. Broad Street (Theater Row Building)

1:00 P.M. Visits to legislative offices

4:30 P.M. End of visits