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Today

VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs in collaboration with the Global Education Office and Focused Inquiry will host a virtual meeting to plan a cultural achievement ceremony for students (undergraduate and graduate) who identify as Asian (Central, East, South, Southeast, West) and/or Pacific Islander. Click on the following URL for the Zoom link. For more information, contact Audrey Emiko Short, Global Engagement Co-curricular Coordinator, at aeshort@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYscemupzIuHtWJH-Q1bKvc1kc4AmG3-9Eg.

Join the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, Wilder School, for its upcoming Minority Political Leadership Institute virtual open house. During this interactive event, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the program, application process, benefits of the program and hear firsthand experiences from alumni. Questions: https://gehli.vcu.edu/programs/minority-political-leadership-institute/. Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Kiara Faulks at faulksks@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1169 or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcldOqgrDIvGdUQRwsUVd-srg8SxJZxAnd7.

This week

Join VCU Human Resources for a virtual panel discussion on loss, work and life during COVID-19. We have all been impacted in one way or another. Panelists will share what has worked for them and provide takeaways and resources. We will discuss supporting yourself, your loved ones and your colleagues through grief and loss while we all seek balance in our VCU RAMily. Those who register in advance will be able to submit questions for the panelists prior to the event. Questions: https://hr.vcu.edu/. Register for the link at the following URL. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at cphares@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit https://bit.ly/3yjKzIU.

Google Assignments LTI allows VCU students, faculty and staff to share and collaborate on Google files within Canvas. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Dr. Gee at drgee@vcu.edu or visit https://go.vcu.edu/gogoogle.

VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research will present via Zoom the first session in its grant-writing series, "Whetting Your Appetite for Research." S. Patrick Nana-Sinkam, M.D., Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, Wright Center associate director, career development and mentoring, will discuss considerations that help researchers determine appropriate efforts for funding. Questions: http://www.cctr.vcu.edu. Register for the link at the following URL. For more information, contact Pamela Dillon, Pharm.D., research liaison, at pmdillon@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1519 or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItcu6grTwjHdDY_omcXXo077QPDi5qRDAH.

The Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success will present a live performance/talkback honoring the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., featuring the Conciliation Lab, a social justice theater company. The event, at Grace Street Theater, 934 W. Grace St., is free to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. COVID protocols will be in effect: masks will be required, temperatures will be checked and seating will be socially distanced. For more information, contact Archana Pathak, Ph.D., at aapathak@vcu.edu or visit https://mlkday.vcu.edu/.

Coming up

This workshop is a follow-up to the course "Understanding Unconscious Bias" and encourages participants to explore personal bias and use the PAUSE method to address it. The goal is to provide practical tools for VCU populations to interrupt the unconscious biases we all experience. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Shana Ryman at sryman@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.csod.com/ui/lms-learning-details/app/event/e04e6a80-3d6f-4da0-a8b3-7935ca3006ea.

What are our responsibilities as citizens? How can we rebuild and strengthen our connections to civic participation? What does it take to build an inspired and revitalized American commitment to constitutional democracy today? Join Miles Rapoport, senior practice fellow in American democracy at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School, for an online discussion. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact David Slipher at wilderschool@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7U_rhdB_Q2KU77dKCpVuzQ.

The Visiting Scholar Seminar Series sponsored by VCU's C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research will feature Maurice B. Fluitt, Ph.D., Howard University, who will present his research on the evolving role of miRNAs as both early biomarkers and mediators of type 2 diabetes mellitus and its microvascular complications (i.e., diabetic kidney disease). Register for the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Rob Direnzo at direnzor@vcu.edu or (646) 419-0495 or visit https://vcu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Eiq6siJZTVSUWTd7C4S1ng.

Join Joyner Fine Properties, one of VCU's preferred real estate partners, and VCU Human Resources to explore the pros and cons of renting vs. buying. This session will be offered both in person (Room 250, James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave.) and virtually. Lunch will be provided to those attending in person. All participants (in-person and virtual) will have a chance to win prizes. Sign up in Talent@VCU or for virtual: https://bit.ly/3dWjLoq or in-person: https://bit.ly/3HLxdsr. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at cphares@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1521 or visit https://ramstrong.vcu.edu/.

The Commons/Peer Leadership Committee seeks students to serve as presenters in its second annual student leadership conference. This virtual gateway experience will focus on participants who wish to find life-changing experiences and shape their roles as leaders at VCU and the community. Apply at the following URL. For more information, contact Tyler Jarrett at tljarrett@vcu.edu or visit https://vcu.campusgroups.com/leadershipcon/student-registration-/.

Notices

VCU Recreation and Well-Being Instructional Program: Bootcamp

Bootcamp is a high-intensity class with options to boost cardio or focus on strength. A RecWell personal trainer will teach participants how to utilize these conditioning tools to increase strength, power and coordination. While this class will have higher intensity components, options are offered to adjust workouts to the skill and fitness level of each participant. Session 1 will be Jan. 25-March 2. Register by Jan. 28 at the following URL. For more information, contact Tanika Santos MacSwain at fitness@vcu.edu or visit https://recsports.vcu.edu/programs/fitness-and-wellness/instructional-programs/.

Mailing Address Update for W2 Forms

Employees should check their mailing address on file to receive a paper W2. To receive it electronically, be sure to give e-consent in myVCU. This method gives employees access to the W2 on the day of release instead of waiting for a mailed copy. For more information, contact Payroll Services at payroll@vcu.edu or visit http://my.vcu.edu.

ACE-IT Federal Work Study Job Openings

ACE-IT in College is hiring job and education coaches. Support diversity and inclusion at VCU while gaining experience supporting peers with disabilities at work or in the classroom. Apply on Handshake. For job coach: https://app.joinhandshake.com/emp/jobs/4982451. For education coach: https://app.joinhandshake.com/emp/jobs/5228044. For more information, contact Hannah Ramsey at ramseyhe@vcu.edu or (757) 287-9573 or visit https://aceitincollege.org/.

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