Must Do @ VCU is a set of annual collegial activities that can be performed throughout the year, by faculty, staff and students. These VCU-centered activities are considered to be the things that give VCU its identity. The goal of Must Do @ VCU is to generate a sense of community and of belonging to the University. VCU is a relatively new University and its traditions are therefore not well-established. Must Do @ VCU aims to build on shared experiences as a method to establish VCU culture.
Theme one in the Quest for Distinction is for VCU to become a leader among national research universities in providing all students with high quality learning/living experiences focused on inquiry, discovery, and innovation in a global environment. Quest is grounded in a commitment to providing students with a diversity of experiences which are available at a premiere public research university. The goal of this project is to take advantage of the wealth of research resources at the Medical College of Virginia Campus, coordinate cross campus efforts to facilitate the use of these resources and increase faculty participation in mentoring undergraduate research projects.
This project will develop and host a Community Engagement Expo, showcasing local community partners to encourage faculty and staff participating in community engagement and service learning initiatives in our local community. We anticipate that those visiting the expo will be able to sign-up for community engagement opportunities on site. Additionally, to promote community engagement on campus, we propose that we collaborate with other interested university groups to host a speaker on the topic of community engagement as a culminating event to close the expo.
When given the necessary materials to succeed, qualified students who require special accommodations, can make a meaningful impact in society. The project will make a case statement as to why the disability services program at VCU needs to be redesigned to fit the needs of today’s disabled student. Our project will provide suggested changes to address staffing needs, financial resources, and the materials required to adequately support qualified students at VCU. Our goal is to increase the services provided by the school, which will increase the retention rate for students with disabilities.