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Today

Men's Multicultural Collective is an office-led group created to support all VCU students identifying as men of color. The collective is headed by Jair Lecky, program manager for Men of Color Initiatives. VCU Community members are welcome to drop in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) on Thursday, Sept. 15, between 10:30 a.m. and noon to learn more about the group and how to become involved. Register on Ramsconnect at https://vcu.campusgroups.com/MMC/rsvp_boot?id=1780236 For more information, contact Jair Lecky at leckyjj@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.campusgroups.com/mmc/home/.

VCU's National Scholarship Office will offer an informational session about the Goldwater Scholarship, which provides up to $7,500 in funds for sophomores and juniors interested in pursuing careers in STEM-field research. The session will be offered in person (Room 1210, 701 W. Grace St.) and on Zoom. For more information and to register or request the recording, visit https://forms.gle/1XndUwDP5ucKezeb7. For more information, contact Jeff Wing at jawing@vcu.edu or visit http://nso.vcu.edu.

The VCU Police Department will host a bike registration and U-Lock table in front of James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 1201 E. Marshall St. VCU students, faculty and staff can receive a free U-Lock with proof of VCU ID and learn how to register a bicycle. A limited supply of U-Locks will be provided. Follow VCU Police on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for future U-Lock giveaway dates. A table will also be available Friday, Sept. 16 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Compass, 828 Park Ave. For more information, contact Officer Amy Murray at crimeprevreq@vcu.edu.

VCU's Department of Craft/Material Studies will present a lecture by artist Myra Mimlitsch-Gray. Mimlitsch-Gray explores craft as subject and object, engaging the field’s history and methods to interpret utility and form. Her work is widely exhibited and was recently included in "Crafting America" at Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, and "EXACTLY: precision and process" at Pamela Salisbury Gallery, Hudson. N.Y. The lecture will be at the Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center, 601 W. Broad St. For more information, contact Kat Wilson at kawilson@vcu.edu or visit https://arts.vcu.edu/event/myra-mimlitsch-gray-visiting-artist-lecture/.

VCU Libraries' ongoing series of multimedia workshops continues with a basic overview of Adobe Premiere, which will focus on the parts of the software that can be the most useful for creative expression. This will be in conversation with The Workshop's resource Adobe Premiere Exercises - Maya Deren Remix Series, which was designed for Art Foundation students and faculty but is open to everyone. Register for the online session at the following URL. For more information, contact Sue Robinson at srobinson26@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.libcal.com/event/9545037.

VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs invites you to participate in its Latin Dance Nights, ¡Muevete! This five-week series will have various Latin-inspired dances each Thursday at Monroe Park, 620 W. Main St. This week's dance will be the Bomba. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at omsa@vcu.edu or visit https://cglink.me/2dV/r1783269.

VCU's Sociology Club will host a virtual roundtable discussion on reproductive rights in 2022. Questions: email socyclub@vcu.edu. RSVP for the Zoom link at https://forms.gle/SjTKNkvLL2ceok3r5 For more information, contact Melanie Barnes at mbbarnes@vcu.edu or (804) 828-4028 or visit https://sociology.vcu.edu/.

This week

The Pace Center, 700 W. Franklin St., will host its first Common Grounds event of the year. Common Grounds is a welcoming, fun and safe space to discuss various topics. This week the focus will be on dreams. Had a weird dream recently? Come share. Coffee and snacks will be available. For more information, contact Kayani Jaramillo at jaramillokl@vcu.edu or visit https://cglink.me/2dV/r1787144.

Walk a dog Fridays at 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. at the Pace Center, 700 W. Franklin St. Get some fresh air and a little loving from a four-legged friend. For more information, contact Jada Jones at jonesjd12@vcu.edu.

Reflect on the intersection of what’s going on in the world, your story and God’s story. Each session at the Pace Center, 700 W. Franklin St., will include a reading and discussion of a short scripture passage from the Christian Bible. For more information, contact Katie Gooch at director@thepacecenter.com.

Some materials will be available for those who need them, but bringing your own materials is encouraged. Join in the conversation and crochet together at the Pace Center, 700 W. Franklin St. For more information, contact Grace Conklin at conklingc@vcu.edu.

MJx Music, creator of Lemonaid and Google Cloud Engineer, is pushing the boundaries between music and art. He uses cutting-edge artificial intelligence to create hip-hop beats. During his talk you will learn to use his latest software - Lemonaid - to create a beat and make it your own. The event will be at the University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact David C. Shepherd at shepherdd@vcu.edu or (804) 873-4270 or visit https://mailchi.mp/f406dcf5765b/free-code-beats-workshop-sept-16th-vcu-7277283.

Performances of the VCUarts Theatre and The Conciliation Project collaborative show "Whitesplaining" will be Sept. 15 (preview night) through Sept. 24 at The Basement, 300 E. Broad St. The ensemble intentionally interrogates whiteness, white supremacy and white culture through the transformative power of story using satire, story, anecdotes, commentary, music and dance. View a list of dates and tickets at the following URL. For more information, contact Sarah Moore at theatretix@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2695 or visit http://vcutheatre.showclix.com.

VCU's Department of African American Studies and the Common Book Program will host a teach-in at the Commons Plaza. The event will feature speakers who will discuss Richmond’s history and give an honest accounting of the steps Richmonders are taking to disrupt systemic local racial and health inequities. Student organizations will also table to provide additional information about how to become involved. For more information, contact Carley Harrison at harrisonca6@vcu.edu or visit https://commonbook.vcu.edu/the-2022-common-book/events/.

Coming up

The year was 1968. At MCV, Bruce Tucker, a Black man, had his heart transplanted — without his family’s consent — into a white businessman. Join 66th Governor of Virginia, L. Douglas Wilder, who represented the Tucker family, for his firsthand account of the case. Join the symposium in person (W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922 Park Ave.) or via livestream. This public event is free to attend. No in-person RSVP is required. A reception will be held from 5-6 p.m. RSVP for the live-stream https://bit.ly/22wsrsvp. For more information, contact David Slipher at wilderschool@vcu.edu or visit https://wilder.vcu.edu/news-and-events/wilder-school-symposium/.

VCU's Office of Health Equity will host this inaugural symposium in the Galleria of the James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 1201 E. Marshall St. The symposium will offer the opportunity to examine historical and contemporary examples of interpersonal, institutional and structural racism in science and health care; gain an understanding of how their experiences today are influenced by this history and to be motivated to cultivate change on an individual and institutional level. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Continuing and Professional Education at ocpe@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1322 or visit https://ocpe.vcu.edu/historyandhealth.

The Society of Women Engineers at VCU will hold a general body meeting in Room 3229, College of Engineering East Hall, 401 W. Main St. Come learn about the organization, its executive board, future events and the annual WE22 Conference. Follow the group on Instagram @swe_vcu For more information, contact Brianna Patrick at patrickbn@vcu.edu.

If you are looking to kick start your entrepreneurship career, VCU Career Services invites you to learn more about the Venture For America Fellowship through the experiences of VCU Alumni. Venture For America is a two-year Fellowship program that provides recent college graduates and early career professionals with hands-on experience in entrepreneurship and startup life by living and working in one of 13 cities at a company they choose. Register for the webinar at the following URL. For more information, contact Ash Taylor-Beierl at tayloram8@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6166 or visit https://vcu.joinhandshake.com/events/1090574/share_preview.

Donating an organ or receiving an organ transplant is a complex process and can be daunting for many patients. Join VCU's Health and Wellness Library to learn about organ donation. LifeNet Health Community Education Coordinator Patricia Dean will guide participants through the organ donation process, including steps such as consent, evaluation, placement and more. This online program is free and open to all. Register at https://vcu.libcal.com/event/9345932 For more information, contact Jackson Wright at wrightjc4@vcu.edu or (804) 828-2432 or visit https://www.vcuhealth.org/for-your-health/health-and-wellness-library/.

Join the 2022-2023 VCU Humphrey Fellowship Program for this year's cohort of home country presentations and learn more about public health from a global perspective. This event will be repeated from noon-1 p.m. on four Fridays; Sept. 23, Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and Oct. 21. The event will be in the SGA Senate Chambers, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., and also available online. Request the Zoom link by emailing the following address. For more information, contact VCU Humphrey Fellowship Program at ashtonhr@vcu.edu .

The SKolar CommuniTy series sponsored by VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research will present "Let’s talk about … Mentors! Why you need one, how to find one, and how to maximize the relationship!” Identifying the benefits of mentoring and/or how to find a mentor and build a mentoring relationship is critical to the success of early career faculty and late-stage postdocs. Join Rita Shiang, Ph.D., associate professor of Human and Molecular Genetics, who will introduce the concept of research mentoring as a catalyst for change and provide best practices. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Rob Direnzo at direnzor@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrf--hrz0iEtVuLyOb2LXqk9LzkCRW5wi0.

Are you interested in social work and do you identify as a member of the African diaspora? Come find out more about the Association of Black Social Workers at VCU and how the group is connecting Black students interested in social work and public service to established professionals and mentors. All students and faculty are welcome. The meeting will take place in Room 3201, Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Ave., and online. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Oscar Kemp at kempod@vcu.edu or (434) 250-5045 or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/j/87634788335.

VCU's Human Research Protection Program will host its annual conference. The event will be presented virtually and is free (CEUs are available). Participate in the reflections of colleagues and their perspectives on the ethics surrounding human subjects' research. Register for the Zoom link at https://bit.ly/3KBzed3. Questions: Email irbeducation@vcu.edu or telephone (804) 828-0868. For more information, contact Elizabeth Marlowe at marloweep@vcu.edu or visit https://research.vcu.edu/human-research/hrppirb/.

VCU's Office of the Provost will host activities centered around the awareness of conflict mediation and resolution at VCU. The event will be held in Richmond Salons I-II, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Linda Hamrick at pvastwk03@vcu.edu or visit https://forms.gle/6kPFUYFBh4bf2kv76.

Notices

Hazing Prevention Training for Potential New Members

VCU is hosting hazing prevention training through Oct. 14 for potential new members. This training is for students interested in joining any selective student organization at VCU. Students must complete one of these trainings to be eligible to join a selective organization. Questions: https://vcu.campusgroups.com/hazingprevention/home/. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Rachael Tully at preventhazing@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.campusgroups.com/feeds?type=club&type_id=68862&tab=events.

Orientation Sessions for Safety and Protection of Minors

VCU Equity and Access Services will host orientation sessions for the Safety and Protection of Minors policy. Orientation is designed for those who are involved in conducting programs or activities involving minors. Orientation will provide guidance on how to put the policy into practice and an opportunity to ask questions. This orientation does not take the place of the required online tier training. Sessions will be held Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-noon and Sept. 27, noon-1 p.m. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Charles Johnson at youth@vcu.edu or visit https://equity.vcu.edu/protection-of-minors/.

Apply for PRISM's Executive Board

Are you interested in planning programs and building queer community at VCU? Apply today to join PRISM, a new, student-led group to plan and implement programs for queer students at VCU. Applications are now being accepted for the five executive board positions. PRISM is a part of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs' LGBTQIA+ Initiatives division. Apply at the following URL by Friday, Sept. 23 at 11:59 p.m. For more information, contact Beck Oh at omsalgbtqia@vcu.edu or visit https://forms.gle/k4gNTb3feu4aGMeL8.

Ram Pantry Surplus

Join the Ram Pantry in the effort to reduce food waste. The pantry is seeking students, faculty and staff who would like to receive free surplus produce and bread that would otherwise go to waste. Questions: Email the following address or complete this form: https://forms.gle/E1tALMG8SnvVVBto8. The pantry is open Mondays-Thursdays from noon-6 p.m. in Room 121, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. For more information, contact Lisa Mathews-Ailsworth at rampantry@vcu.edu or (804) 828-4514 or visit https://dos.vcu.edu/services/ram-pantry/.

Do You Vape?

Individuals between the ages of 18-65 who vape nicotine-containing e-cigarettes are invited to participate in a research study that examines the effects of vaping on eating behavior. Two, three-hour, laboratory visits, each with a buffet meal are required. Compensation is provided. Principal investigators are Andrew Barnes, Ph.D., Department of Health Behavior and Policy, and Caroline Cobb, Ph.D., Department of Psychology. For more information, contact Caroline Cobb at cobbco@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3562 or visit http://cstp.vcu.edu/studies.

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 identity 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. For more information, contact Kristina Hood, Ph,D., at progresslab@vcu.edu or visit https://progress.vcu.edu/participate/.

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