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The American Chemical Society Student chapter at VCU is seeking volunteers to travel to John B. Cary Elementary School, 3021 Maplewood Ave., to participate in science experiments with third, fourth and fifth graders. STEAM Day is an annual event held by the ACS Student Chapter at VCU that provides engagement, support and interest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) careers and concepts at local elementary schools. An interest form is available at the following URL. For more information, contact Lachelle Waller at or (804) 828-5946 or visit

This week

Many of us have lists of resources to help students in difficult circumstances. This pilot project is headed by College of Humanities and Sciences Student Success Case Management Pilot Program social work interns. The aim is to pull together these individual resources to build a centralized, participatory, living database to share with faculty and staff. Join this virtual one-hour meeting to share your ideas and help steer the future of the project. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Nadia Bukach at or visit

This online workshop will cover the various ways to create, organize and edit Kaltura media entries. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Jon Reed at or visit

VCU's Robertson School of Media and Culture will host two virtual informational sessions about its online graduate programs today, March 8, at noon-12:30 p.m. and 8-8:30 p.m. Click on the Zoom link at For more information, contact Alexandra Chapman at or visit

Coming up

Jessie Oldham, Ph.D., assistant professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, will speak via Zoom as part of the Discovery Dialogues Series. The event will be sponsored by VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and the Institute for Women’s Health. Questions: Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Pamela Dillon, Pharm.D., research liaison, at pmdillon@vcu,edu or visit

Join VCU's School of Education for a session on the university's M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with a Concentration in Administration and Supervision. Coursework is designed to give graduates foundational knowledge in change and improvement, diversity and social justice, understanding and engaging communities and the multiple dimensions of leadership. Register for the online link at the following URL. For more information, contact Jazmin Tilfas at or visit

In this second session of a three-part webcast series, the discussion will include how trauma impacts development, learning, mental health and behavior in youth with disabilities. The series, hosted by VCU's Autism Center for Education, will use case vignettes to practice identifying potential trauma-related factors affecting students with disabilities and encourage participants to consider how trauma may impact students. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Teri Blankenship at or visit

In honor of Women’s History Month, Suzanne Barbour, Ph.D., dean of Duke University’s Graduate School and former professor in VCU School of Medicine’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, will present her lecture on the impact of recruiting and retaining underrepresented graduate students. The event will be hosted by the Black Education Association and the School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The talk will be in person (McGlothlin Medical Education Center Learning Theater, 1201 E. Marshall St.) and via Zoom. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Ashli Phillips at or visit

In partnership with Pat Cummins, Ph.D., in the World Languages Department, VCU Career Services will host a virtual panel of business and nonprofit employers for an interactive Q&A session related to job searching, career placement and advancement and industry knowledge. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Erin Hanley, Ph.D., at or visit

The Center for Biological Data Science and Bioinformatics Societies are holding BNFOTHON 2023 March 18-19 at Grace E. Harris Hall, 1015 Floyd Ave. BNFOTHON is a Bioinformatics and Biology hackathon in which teams of four to five come up with cutting-edge solutions to modern biology, bioinformatics and health-care problems. All students of any major or degree are welcome. Food, prizes and skill workshops will be provided. Questions: Register for free at the following URL. For more information, contact Rohan Rathi at or visit

Join Collective Corazón as the group hosts Latinx health care leaders for a discussion of Latinx leadership and resilience in health care. What are current disparities in our health care system, and how can we challenge them? This event will be held on Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 19 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, via Zoom. Drop in or out as needed. Registration is limited. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Daniela Negrete at or visit

WVCU's Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity and the university's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs invite students with disabilities to come connect with one another and have fun painting and eating doughnuts. The event will be at the OMSA, Suite 215, University Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave. Questions: Email Amala Thomas ( or Caitlin Provencher ( For more information, contact contact preceding email addresses.

The First-Year Rising Ceremony is a culminating event that takes place at the end of VCU students’ first year. It is presented by First and Second Year Experiences and Transitions. Students are honored for their dedication, fortitude and tenacity as they rise to their sophomore year. This online event is open to the entire VCU community and all first-year students and their families and friends. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact First and Second Year Experiences and Transitions at or visit


Accepting Applications for Va-LEND

Va-LEND (Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) is a virtual, interdisciplinary, graduate-level training program that helps people share ideas and learn leadership skills to improve the health and lives of children with disabilities and their families. Trainees complete classes, clinical observations, policy activities, a family mentorship experience and a customized leadership project. Apply at the following URL. For more information, contact Jackie R. Brock at or visit

Pauley Heart Center Volunteer Opportunity - Teach BP

The VCU Pauley Heart Center "Teach BP" Study is looking for volunteers to be field teachers to lead blood pressure-related activities in the Hopewell City Public School System. This is a great way to get volunteer experience and hours for any programs that require it. While dates and times are still being finalized, volunteers will be needed at the Hopewell family night on April 11 and for six additional class sessions starting April 17. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Grace Smith at or visit

Mapping the Life-Course of Adoption Project

Are you 18 years of age or older and adopted from foster care, privately or internationally in the U.S.? You may be eligible to participate in a project sponsored at VCU by the School of Social Work to understand how adoptees are aging and the nature of adoptee spaces or groups. Online survey asks about trauma history, stressors, racism or adoption stigma, physical and mental health, identity and experience in adoptee spaces/groups. Compensation provided. Questions: Visit For more information, contact Hollee A. McGinnis, Ph.D., at or visit

Recent Graduate Council Applications

VCU Alumni is accepting applications for its Recent Graduate Council. The council is a group of graduates from the past 10 years who connect with one another and the university and help shape programming and services to engage the recent graduate community. Apply at the following URL by April 30. For more information, contact Allison Toney at or visit

New VCU HR Website Launch

VCU HR will be launching its new website in the Compass university web framework to bring consistency in branding and structure to VCU HR’s web presence. This update will make it easier to find forms and information, enhance transparency into HR’s programs and services and facilitate a better user experience for a diverse array of stakeholders. Broken links or technical issues when using the upgraded website should be reported to Robert Houghtaling at the following email address. For more information, contact Robert Houghtaling at or (804) 828-0258 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 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. Amazon gift card compensation is available. Participation in this research study is voluntary. For more information, contact Kristina Hood, Ph.D., at or visit

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