Giving Back to the Community

Arts in the Alley

VCU international students volunteered with Arts in the Alley helping to paint six murals on the walls of Richmond’s Hospital Hospitality House. The event, which was coordinated by the VCU Global Education Office, was designed to help international students connect to the local community and to help enrich their experience in Richmond.

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Advancing Global Health

Global Health Scholars

For many students, summer is a time to slow down. But for three Virginia Commonwealth University medical students, this summer is a time to forge ahead and begin laying foundations for their careers in global health.

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Visiting scholar researches palliative and end-of-life care at VCU

Visiting Scholar Jane Seymour and Brian Cassel

Jane Seymour, Ph.D., professor of palliative and end-of-life studies in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy at the University of Nottingham, traveled to Virginia Commonwealth University from the United Kingdom in April to begin her summer-long appointment as a VCU Global Visiting Scholar.

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Global Visiting Scholar inspires VCU film students

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From a one-minute trailer titled “Amber from Below” to the 25-minute feature film, “Outside of Virginia,” the capstone projects of 12 seniors in the Department of Photography and Film at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts are as different as the students themselves. But all of these works have one thing in common: They were guided by acclaimed Canadian documentary filmmaker Caroline Martel

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ELP graduates celebrate at Spring 2014 graduation ceremony

ELP Spring 2014 Graduation

GEO congratulates the VCU English Language Program Class of 2014 at its spring graduation.

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Volunteers recognized for contributions to the VCU international community

Volunteer Reception

The Global Education Office acknowledged and thanked more than 70 community and student volunteers at the 2014 Volunteer Appreciation Reception. Special recognition was given to Outstanding Volunteers Sasha Finch and Jim Vigeant, and Outstanding Student Volunteer Cydni Gordon for their contributions to the international community at VCU.

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Second Annual Global Health Showcase promotes service, advocacy


More than 80 students, faculty and staff gathered in the Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building for the second annual Global Health Showcase on April 1. This event is designed to engage the VCU community in discussions about current international outreach efforts focused on improving health outcomes internationally.

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Seven VCU Faculty to Create Teaching and Research Linkages in Durban, South Africa

Faculty Development Seminar winners

The Global Education Office, in collaboration with the Division of Community Engagement, is pleased to announce participants in the second annual Faculty Development Seminar. The 2014 seminar will be hosted by VCU strategic partner, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa from August 1-15.

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GEO in the News: Foreign-born residents find jobs, sense of home in region

(Richmond Times Dispatch, 3-24-14)
Map showing international population in Richmond

The Global Education Office is featured in this recent Richmond Times Dispatch article about the increasing population of foreign-born Richmond residents and the economic opportunities provided by greater diversity.

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Students Share Study Abroad Stories in Creative Ways

Panorama storytelling event

About 50 VCU students gathered in the West Grace North Residence Hall Fireplace Lounge to share stories about their travels abroad at the VCU Education Abroad office's PanoRAMa. Promoted every semester by the Education Abroad office, this storytelling event is designed to encourage students to participate in cultural exchange and to provide them with a forum to talk with their peers about their travels. The stories ranged from tales about extreme backpacking in New Zealand to being chased by monkeys on the beach while studying in Nicaragua. Exchange students currently studying at VCU told stories about funny cultural misunderstandings and what it is like to be an international student in the United States. The Education Abroad office’s student ambassadors served as judges and awarded three prizes for the most entertaining stories.

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VCU Joins Coalition to Double Number of Students Who Study Abroad

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Virginia Commonwealth University has pledged to join the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. VCU has committed to double the number of its undergraduate students who study abroad over the next five years by growing study abroad stipend support by 20 percent, launching new major awards for academic units that develop study abroad programs designed for their disciplines and developing a fundraising plan to support a series of endowed scholarships dedicated to supporting study abroad.

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VCU International Students Make the Dean's List, Fall 2013

International students make the Dean's List, Fall 2013

VCU's international students who made the Dean's List in Fall 2013 attend a reception held in celebration of their achievement.

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VCU Globe Hosts Inaugural Global Engagement Series

VCU Globe Global Engagement Series

VCU Globe hosted its inaugural Global Engagement Series which brought together students from the university’s global education living-learning program, international scholars from Kazakhstan who are studying at VCU in the Bolashak Scholarship program, and VCU Humphrey Fellows for an engaging discussion about about the cultural experience five international visitors are having while participating in a professional development program at VCU.

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GEO Congratulates ELP Fall 2013 Graduates!

ELP 2013 Fall Graduation

Students of the English Language Program celebrate as they become Fall 2013 graduates of the program.

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GEO in the News: VCU Holds Tribute to Nelson Mandela (WRIC,12/11/13)

VCU holds Tribute to Nelson Mandela

VCU's tribute to Nelson Mandela coordinated by GEO, the Black Education Association, and the department of African American Studies is covered by local news station, WRIC-Channel 8.

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President Rao, VCU Globe Students Meet for "Fireside Chat"

Dr. Roa and Globe students at fireside chat

More than 30 VCU Globe students gathered in the "fireside lounge" of the new West Grace North Residence Hall with VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D. last Wednesday night to discuss topics ranging from increasing engagement with international students on campus to ensuring safe working conditions in factories around the world.

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VCU Jazz performs at the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service

VCU Jazz performs at Mandela memorial

VCU Jazz has been invited to perform at the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service Wednesday, December 11 at The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. VCU’s joint project with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, "A Jazz Bridge to Greater Understanding,” co-sponsored by the VCU Global Education Office, VCUarts, and VCU Music, is a long standing international collaboration among students at VCU and UKZN, which has led to the musical contribution this week.

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VCU Hosts Visit from Embassy of Mexico

Mexican Consulate Visits VCU

Consul Anibal Gomez Toledo, Head of the Consular Office of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC visited Virginia Commonwealth University to discuss opportunities for collaboration in higher education between Mexico and the U.S. on December 6. “There are many industries in which we can increase U.S-Mexico relations, but there is a true window of opportunity in education,” Gomez said. During his visit with leaders in the Global Education Office, the group discussed the potential for increasing student exchange through the current VCU partnership with the University of Guadalajara and through its membership in the International Student Exchange Program.

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VCU Welcomes First Group of Globe Students

Weeks before most VCU students returned to campus for the start of the fall semester, the corner of West Grace and South Shafer streets was already abuzz as students and their families unloaded belongings in preparation for the new school year. The students were part of the first class of 54 sophomores in the new VCU Globe global education living-learning community, and they were eager to get a look at their new rooms in the new West Grace Street Student Housing-North. “Today’s increasingly globalized and interconnected world means that tomorrow’s graduate in any field needs a new set of skills,” said R. McKenna Brown, Ph.D., executive director of the Global Education Office at VCU. “This program gives students an understanding of the causes of globalization and its impact on communities everywhere and fosters intercultural learning through sustained interactions with international students and community members in Richmond.”

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