Higher Education Advocacy Day, January 11, 2018

Faculty Senate invites all VCU faculty to join us on Thursday, January 11, 2018, for Virginia Higher Education Advocacy Day. This is an annual event in collaboration with our colleagues of the Faculty Senate of Virginia and The Virginia Conference of the American Association of University Professors.  We will visit the offices of our state legislators to advocate for our interests and the interests of higher education in the Commonwealth.

If you can, bring a student or three with you! Legislators always enjoy meeting with our students.  You may stay for all or part of the day. Take the Campus Connector bus from Cabell Library or park on the MCV campus.

Higher Education Advocacy Day
January 11, 2018

Tentative Schedule of Activities

WHERE TO MEET: Room 305 One Capitol Square Building (830 E. Main Street) – this is across from the Pocahontas Building (current location of legislators’ offices).

WHERE TO PARK: Paid parking for visitors and free reciprocal parking for VCU faculty is available in the 8th St. Parking Deck located at 659 N. 8th Street (near the intersection with Jackson St.). A VCU bus charter will be available to transport guests from the parking deck to the One Capitol Square Building. Other parking may be available in public lots or at meters throughout downtown. Monroe Park faculty may also take the campus connector bus from Cabell Library.

8:40 A.M. Coffee available in One Capitol Square Building (Room 305), 830 E. Main St.

9:15 A.M. Welcome by VCU Faculty Senate President, AAUP President, and FSVA
President. Legislative updates

9:45 A.M. Distribution of promotional materials

10:00 A.M. Visits to legislative offices Pocahontas Building – 1/2 block from 830 E. Main St.

TBA Presentation of the AAUP Colonel Michael S. Harris Award

12:00 Noon Light lunch available in One Capitol Square Building (Room 305), 830 E. Main St.

1:00 P.M. Visits to legislative offices

4:30 P.M. End of visits

Information on legislative offices to visit will be available when you arrive. All faculty are welcome.

To help us plan for visits with appropriate legislators and to order the right amount of food please confirm your participation plans to Brian Turner (bturner@rmc.edu).

If you have any question feel free to contact VCU organizers Pat Cummins (pcummins@vcu.ed) or Carmen Rodriguez (cmrodriguez@vcu.edu)

Pat and Carmen and their Senate colleagues look forward to seeing you on January 11.

Faculty Senate clothing store is OPEN!

From Scott Street, Senate Vice President/President-elect:

The VCU Faculty Senate Clothing Store is OPEN and ready for your orders. The store will be open until May 15th, at which point it will close until the start of the Fall Semester.


  1. To order an item, go to the item page and click on the box corresponding to the desired size and type the quantity that you wish to order before clicking the “ADD TO CART” button.
  2. Quantity discounts are store-wide, not item-based. In other words, to get the 4-6 item discount, you could purchase 1 polo shirt, 1 dress shirt, 1 fleece vest, and 1 jacket.

This summer, I’ll send out a survey about your shopping experience, the quality of items, and the types of items offered. I’ll also ask in the survey for suggestions for other items to add to the store for the Fall Semester (one suggestion already given repeatedly is a twill ball-cap).

Thanks for your patience and understanding, and if you have any questions/issues regarding the store, please let me know.

—Scott Street

Unconscious bias workshop with guest speaker Leslie Traub

The VCU Office of Faculty Affairs invites you and your faculty colleagues to attend a workshop, Unconscious Bias in the Classroom.  The workshop will be led by guest speaker Leslie Traub and will focus on how these unconscious or implicit biases manifest in educational settings, particularly with respect to the expectations of teachers and students.
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Location: Hibbs Hall, room 203
Please extend this invitation to those in your unit who may be interested in attending this workshop.

Higher Education Advocacy Day – January 12, 2017

Faculty Senate invites all VCU faculty to participate in advocating for higher education on January 12, 2017, the first Thursday of the legislative session. This is an annual Faculty Senate event in collaboration with our colleagues of the Faculty Senate of Virginia and the Virginia Conference of the AAUP.