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There is an increasing emphasis on skills such as design thinking, problem-solving, adaptability and empathy to current and future job roles. VCU da Vinci Center is offering the opportunity to earn an “Introduction to Design Thinking” credential via a credly badge that can be posted on LinkedIn. Register for the 120-minute immersive workshop via Zoom at the following URL. For more information, contact Erika Boltz at or visit

RamBikes will host a workshop covering chains and shifting at 1106 W. Broad St. (near the intersection of Broad and Harrison streets) for anyone wanting to learn more maintenance and problem-solving. The event will cover in-depth chain maintenance and issues with gearing and shifting. The workshop will also cover common problems and fixes with shifters and derailleurs. For more information, contact Carter Barker at or (804) 828-2453 or visit

This week

As part of emergency preparedness, VCU is actively updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan, which identifies vulnerabilities to various hazards to VCU and sets long-term strategies to reduce or eliminate risk to life and property. VCU continues to seek feedback from community members, including areas of concern, to help reduce the impact of potential disasters. The VCU community is invited to attend a second public comment session via a recorded Zoom session. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Police at or visit

The Pace Center (700 W. Franklin St.) will host a brunch for graduates and their families. RSVP for food purposes at the following email address. For more information, contact Russ Kerr at or (804) 658-4064 or visit

Coming up

VCU Learning Systems will sponsor an online workshop to help navigate the basic functions of the Canvas Gradebook. This training, which is free and has no cancellation penalty, is designed for those new to using Canvas, in need of a refresher or those who haven't used all of the available features of the Canvas Grade Center. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Jamillah Martin at or visit

Russia’s war against Ukraine has seen widespread use of digital disruption. Western sanctions have set in motion an unprecedented shift in how Russians use the Internet. What cybersecurity lessons can we learn from the conflict, and what can we expect from Russia in the months and years to come? Join Christopher Whyte, Ph.D., assistant professor of homeland security and emergency preparedness, to learn more. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Katie Huynh at or visit

You're invited to join a focus group about the lived experiences of young African American women hosted by Anika L. Hines, Ph.D., and the EqCHO Lab. You will receive $25 for participation. Click on the following URL to assess your eligibility and tonnect with the research team. For more information, contact Anika Hines at or (804) 828-5030 or visit

Join the ICA and the Richmond Racial Equity Essays project for a screening of the PBS Independent Lens documentary "Cooked: Survival By Zip Code," followed by a panel discussion on the urgency of local climate action and equitable approaches to realizing a sustainable Richmond. The session will be held at the Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St. For more information, contact Stephanie Stanton at or visit

Join Nicole Corley, Ph.D., social work assistant professor, for the opening reception of an art exhibition exploring Black motherhood through collage, "And, Ain't I a Mother?" The exhibit, at The Anderson Gallery, 907 1/2 W. Franklin St., runs through June 4 and is tied to a research project of the same name Corley co-leads on the beauty, vulnerability and strength of Black mothers and the institution of Black motherhood. The collages are the work of the 26 Black mothers who participated in the project. For more information, contact Nicole Corley at or visit

We all know how hard it is to find work-life balance. Even in these challenging times, it is possible to meet the competing demands of job and family. In this fun, interactive seminar, presented by VCU HR and Anthem EAP, participants will learn the four pillars of work-life balance and learn to prioritize what is important to you. Register in Talent@VCU or at: For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

We want to learn how painting and expressing your thoughts and feelings could help mental health and blood pressure in Black women. Open to women ages 18+.This is an eight-part, eight-week program. You'll enjoy painting, talking and sharing with others and will be given tools to take home to help keep track of your blood pressure. Email the following address to register. For more information, contact Anika Hines at or (804) 828-5030.


Reminder: Open Enrollment for Health Benefits Ends May 16

Open enrollment for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s health coverage and flexible spending plans continues through Monday, May 16. Questions: Request HR Support at For more information, contact VCU HR Benefits Administration at or visit

ONE VCU Sustainability Plan Survey

Complete the brief, five-minute survey by May 13 to share how you think the university and health system should prioritize sustainable action in operations, administration, research and academics. For more information, contact Molly Case at or visit

RecWell Health Promotion Available on Canvas

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Learn more about mental well-being at the RecWell Health Promotion Canvas page. Find interactive modules on "Managing Stress Using Mindfulness" and "Self-Care and Campus Resources for Well-Being." Visit the following URL and click "request a program" for access to Canvas modules. For more information, contact VCU Recreation and Well-Being at or visit

Do You Smoke Tobacco Cigarettes?

Individuals who smoke tobacco cigarettes daily are needed to participate in a research study that requires multiple laboratory visits. Compensation may be available. This study will be conducted at VCU. Principal investigator is Alison Breland, Ph.D., Department of Psychology. For more information, contact Alison Breland at or (804) 827-3562 or visit

Filipino American Heart Health Study

Youssef Roman, Pharm.D., Ph.D., of VCU's School of Pharmacy is conducting an epidemiological study to assess the prevalence and causes of heart diseases in Filipino Americans. This study is for those who consider themselves Filipino with both biological parents of Filipino heritage. The study is funded by VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research. For more information, contact Youssef Roman at or (804) 628-8384 or visit

Black Love Safe Love

This is a research study aiming to receive feedback on a sexual health intervention designed for couples. To be eligible to participate, you have to identify as Black or African American and be 18 to 35 years of age. The study requires participation in a 120-minute session and completion of a questionnaire. Compensation is available. If you have any questions, would like to learn more information and/or participate in the study, email Kristina Hood, Ph.D., at the following email address. For more information, contact Kristina Hood at

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