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This week

When your boss cancels a meeting with you, do you assume it’s personal or that your job is in trouble? Does receiving a call from your child’s school cause heart palpitations? Jumping to conclusions and worst-case scenarios are examples of thinking traps – negative patterns of thought. Learn from Anthem EAP and VCU HR how to reverse your thinking traps and help others do the same. Register in Talent@VCU or at: For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or visit

Join Education Abroad online on the second Tuesday of each month this summer to learn more about studying abroad. Click on the following URL for sessions on June 11, July 9 and Aug. 13. For more information, contact Alex Levy at or (804) 828-5794 or visit

Equality VCU, a LGBTQIA and ally advocacy and networking group for faculty and staff, will hold a casual coffee meetup at Blanchard's Café, 26 N. Morris St. RSVP at the following email address. All are welcome. Join the mailing list at the following URL. For more information, contact Josh Leidy at or visit

Deborah DiazGranados, Ph.D., Director of Evaluation, Wright Center, will discuss via Zoom best practices for designing and using research surveys. The seminar is part of the Whetting Your Appetite for Research hosted by VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research. Questions: Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Pamela Dillon, Pharm.D., research liaison, at pmdillon@vcu,edu or visit

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is launching a new resource to foster more meaningful intergroup relationships and communications. A series of community-building circles open to faculty, staff and students is scheduled over the next few months. The activities seek to create a sense of belonging through sharing stories and active listening and build and strengthen relationships. The sessions will be held in Room 7-101, James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 1201 E. Marshall St. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Ashli Phillips at or visit

The HR Learning, Development and Organizational Culture team offers a one-hour course via Zoom on coaching for managers. This course introduces managers to an easy-to-use mindset and model to help employees progress toward goals. Registration is required by Tuesday, June 11 in Talent@VCU at the following URl. For more information, contact Penny McFarline at or visit

VCU Health and cosponsors will host the inaugural Cultural Festival on 12th Street between Broad and Marshall streets across from the the Gateway Building valet entrance on the MCV Campus. The free festival will celebrate the diverse cultures represented in the communities VCU Health serves and will feature live music, dancing performances, food trucks, health screenings, face painting, balloon art and a cultural health presentation.Free parking will be available at the Children's Hospital of Richmond Pavilion, 1000 E. Broad St. For more information, contact Ashli Phillips at

Coming up

The Interprofessional Pride Collaborative from VCU, VCU Health and University Counseling Services will host Safe Zone training via Zoom. Open to all, the goals of the event are to increase awareness of LGBTQQIA+ communities and identities; deepen understanding of sex, gender and sexuality while also considering other intersecting identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, religious/spiritual orientation); address such challenges as heterosexism and transphobia and build advocacy skills for Queer staff and students. Register at the following URL. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Ashli Phillips at or visit

The Interprofessional Pride Collaborative, consisting of Pride organizations from VCU and VCU Health, will host a Health Sciences Interprofessional Pride Mixer. This event is open to all students, faculty and staff of VCU and VCU Health. Participants will have the opportunity to embrace community while working to enhance LGBTQIA+ visibility in the health sciences. Lunch will be provided. The session will be in the ninth floor conference room of the Outpatient Pavilion building 1001 E. Leigh St., 12th floor. For more information, contact Ashli Phillips at or visit


How to Retire With VRS

Human Resources will present "How to Retire With the Virginia Retirement System" for VCU employees. These sessions are open to VCU employees only, not VCU Health System employees. Register for an upcoming session at For more information, create a service request at or call the following telephone number. For more information, contact VCU Human Resources, Benefits Administration at or (804) 827-1723 or visit

VCU Women's Basketball Youth Camp

VCU women's basketball head coach Beth O’Boyle will host a week-long basketball camp at the Stuart C. Siegel Center this summer for all girls and boys ages 5-14. Campers will be taught basic basketball skills and fundamentals by current VCU players and coaches. Campers will also have the opportunity to play games, participate in contests and win prizes. All skill levels are welcome. Register at the following URL by Friday, June 14 for $25 off the cost of registration. Along with that, VCU staff and employees can use the following promo code DAY10OFF for an additional $10 off. For more information, contact Samantha Brenner at or (603) 321-5231 or visit

Interprofessional Development Opportunity in Geriatrics

The Virginia Geriatric Education Center, housed in VCU’s Virginia Center on Aging, is accepting applications for its annual faculty and clinicians development program. Creating Interprofessional Readiness for Complex and Aging Adults is a case-based learning experience that creates age-friendly practitioners who are knowledgeable of person-centered care. The program meets monthly from mid-September through May. Apply by Sunday, Sept. 1 at the following URL. For more information, contact Kim Ivey at or visit

RecWell Personal Training Packages

RecWell’s personal training packages are available to VCU students and RecWell members. Participants are guided through an exercise program customized to meet their specific needs by a certified personal trainer, a dedicated fitness professional who is committed to supporting client progress. RecWell offers one-on-one and buddy training packages of three, six, 12, or 18-hour-long sessions. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Tanika Santos-MacSwain at or visit

RecWell Outdoor Adventure Day Hike

RecWell’s Outdoor Adventure Program invites VCU students and RecWell members to escape the city for a day in the Blue Ridge mountains and reconnect with nature. The price includes transportation, equipment and guides. The trip will be Saturday, June 22. Register by Sunday, June 16. Pack a lunch; food will not be provided. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Emily Philpott at or visit

Cary Street Gym Aquatic Center Spa Closure

The Cary Street Gym Aquatic Center spa, 101 S. Linden St., is closed for maintenance and repairs and is scheduled to reopen Sunday, July 14. For more information, contact Mat Scott at or visit

Interested in Community Engagement, Evaluation and Assessing Impact?

Do you have expertise in evaluation and a desire to learn and share knowledge about the impact and assessment of community-engaged efforts? VCU's Community Engagement Impact Learning Collaborative is seeking five to 10 faculty and staff members to join a group focused on identifying best practices for assessing the impact of VCU's Community Engagement Efforts. Apply at the following URL. For more information, contact Maghboeba Mosavel at or visit

Participants Are Invited for Study Examining the Impact of Acute and Chronic Stress on Cardiovascular Health

Individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 who identify as Black or African American are invited to participate in a research study examining the effect of acute and chronic stress on cardiovascular and inflammation responses to an acute mental challenge. Raffle drawings for financial compensation will be conducted. This study will take place at 500 Academic Centre on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus. Principal Investigator: Lee Franco, Ph.D., Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences. For more information, contact The KHS Healthy Heart Lab at the following email address. For more information, contact Healthy Heart Lab at

Identity and Cognitive Abilities Study

This study by the Social Psychology and Neuroscience Lab aims to better understand how the myriad of factors that contribute to one’s identity can further translate in our cognitive abilities. The study consists of an online screening questionnaire followed by a single one-hour laboratory visit. All participants will receive $25 cash for their time. If you are interested in participating in this study, complete this online screening questionnaire at the following URL. For more information, contact Sydney Kavanaugh at or visit

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