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What are the ripple effects of the recent challenges of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid program? How will changes affect students, families and educational institutions? Join the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs for its July virtual Lunch and Learn, a discussion led by Jill Desjean, a senior policy analyst at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. She will explore the complexities of the issue, based on her comprehensive report for the Brookings Institution. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact David Slipher at or visit

VCU's Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture will host a virtual informational session for prospective students to learn more about its graduate certificate program in media and leadership. Join a session at Apply now and the school will cover the $70 application fee. Unable to attend? Schedule a one-on-one at For more information, contact Jonathan Brown at or (804) 525-9425 or visit

This week

VCU’s Institute for Democracy, Pluralism and Community Empowerment will present a webinar featuring faculty from VCU's Departments of Political Science, History and Homeland Security about the effects of political violence on democracy, the upcoming presidential election and strategies to foster resilience and accountability. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Margot Moser at or (804) 828-2076 or visit

Coming up

Find a quiet reflection in the middle of your day with this virtual guided meditation presented by VCU HR and RecWell. This session is suitable for all levels of practice. Register in Talent@VCU or at For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or visit

Elevate your workplace communication with the convenience of the Avaya Workplace mobility app. Whether you are in the office, teleworking, have a hybrid schedule or are on the move, it’s easy to take your office phone number wherever you go; seamlessly using it on your mobile device or computer. With the app, outbound calls display your work phone number, ensuring a professional and consistent communication experience. . Register for the virtual Avaya Workplace training at the following URL. For more information, contact Wayne Johnson at or (804) 828-4400 or visit

VCU HR facilitates a bi-monthly, three-hour manager orientation session via Zoom designed to introduce all managers, especially new managers, to the VCU culture and community. Register at See the HR webpage for new managers ( to learn about additional development opportunities. For more information, contact Shana Ryman at or visit

Having trouble communicating with your preschooler? Feel like you and your teen are speaking different languages? Discover how to reach younger kids and create a “safe space” for older ones. Join VCU HR and Anthem EAP for an online session to explore various communication techniques, which approaches make sense for different ages and best practices. Register in Talent@VCU or at For more information, contact Cindi Phares at or visit


Updated eID Password Reset Process

Have you forgotten your VCU eID password? To enhance security for the VCU community and safeguard institutional data, the IT Support Center will now have three data elements to verify student and employee identities for an eID password reset. For more information, contact IT Support Center 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 on Saturday, July 27 to reconnect with nature. The price includes transportation, equipment and guides. Pack a lunch; food will not be provided. Register by Sunday, July 21 at the following URL. For more information, contact Emily Philpott at or visit

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