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For many non-Black folks, Juneteenth seemed to burst into the national consciousness over the last few years. But Juneteenth, a celebration of the emancipation of enslaved people in the South, has been a day of celebration for generations for many Black folks. For this lecture, join A.J. Musewe, director of interactive history at Common Power, Seattle, Wash., in looking at the factors that led to the proclamation made on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas. Take a look at the players who worked to prevent the freedom of millions of enslaved folks and examples of Black folks being active participants in their liberation. This event is sponsored by VCU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and The Commons. Questions: Email Tiana Ingram at Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Jenaé Harrington, Ed.D, at or visit

This week

Join team members from across VCU Health and VCU for a Juneteenth Celebration. This virtual event will feature music, poetry and history designed to celebrate the emancipation of African Americans in the United States and educate viewers about the African American experience from slavery to today. Click on the Zoom link at the following URL. For more information, contact Carrie Carroll at or visit

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This workshop about the Rx Impact program, hosted by VCU Human Resources and CommonHealth, will provide those who attend with the information needed to make informed decisions about their health when they or a family member receive a prescription medication. This program will educate participants about the topics they need to know prior to going home with the prescription, during use and when they are finished with or no longer need the medication. Questions: Register in Talent@VCU or at the following URL. For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

VCU Alumni will host an urban garden container workshop featuring alumna Alex Little of Green Heron Garden Co. The workshop will be held in person with a virtual option if you prefer to participate in your garden. Learn more about planting seeds and transferring plants into containers to make your outdoor space more green. The virtual experience will be a live video feed of the in-person experience. The virtual experience is free, but you will need to purchase the items referenced. After you register, a supplies list will be shared with you. Limited spaces are available for the in-person event. Some supplies will be provided for $15. Those who attend are asked to bring two containers from home. The event will be held outside at Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co., 26 N. Morris St., Richmond. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Lauren Leavy at or visit

New IExcel Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Certificate specialization online courses will be offered a la carte July 12 for VCU faculty/staff in leadership roles. Applicants may choose one or two specialization courses (Cultivating Inclusive Learning Environments D527, Diversity and Inclusion in Healthcare D604 or Advancing Diversity and Equity in Corporate Settings D707) to be taken online July 12-Aug. 9. The a la carte fee is $500 per course, payable by departmental transfer. A certificate will be awarded to each participant who successfully completes the course. Enrollment is limited. Questions: Apply by June 30 at the following URL. For more information, contact Jan Altman, Ph.D., IExcel Education executive director, at or visit


2022 Minority Political Leadership Institute Accepting Applications

The Minority Political Leadership Institute is a collaborative initiative of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. MPLI is an eight-month experience designed to promote leadership development for individuals interested in issues important to minority communities including community economics, political climate, civic engagement and equity. Questions: Apply at the following URL. Application packets are due Jan. 15, 2022. For more information, contact Kiara Faulks at or (804) 827-1169 or visit

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