Charter for RVA History and Culture
RVA History is a working group comprised of representatives from University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Union University, Reynolds Community College, and the Valentine Museum. The group was assembled to develop a collaborative strategy to orient faculty to Richmond’s History so that they have context for their teaching, research, and community engagement and can develop authentic partnerships. The following is RVA History and Culture’s charter:
- Richmond is growing, many students are staying after graduation, and higher education is experiencing a pedagogical shift towards community engagement.
- In the past higher education in Richmond has been apart from – instead of a part of – the community. Institutes of higher education must acknowledge this history to build trust as they re-engage with the community.
- There is great potential for faculty in Richmond’s colleges and universities to be positive agents of change.
- A holistic understanding of the community is essential in order to respond to community-identified needs and to develop mutually beneficial partnerships in any discipline.
- Respect for community knowledge, voice, and history is an essential value.
Therefore, the purpose of RVA History and Culture is to …
- Provide a multimodal portal to RVA history and culture
- Provide a historic context for current systems, and
- Orient and sensitize faculty and staff to Richmond
So that higher education in the Richmond Region can practice informed research, teaching, learning and other ways of engagement
- Represent history in an accurate manner that acknowledges controversies and difficult issues
- Acknowledge historical context of vulnerable communities and populations
- Value multiple community voices and sources of expertise within and outside of academia
- Commit to an ongoing collaboration across institutions of higher education and community organizations
- Take a long term perspective; this collaborative effort will require patience and persistence
- Incorporate existing resources and augment where there are gaps
- Focus on gaps in historical education to demystify, uncover and unveil invisible systems
- Provide an active, engaged and immersive experience
Faculty will be…
- Better engaged regional citizens
- Advocates for the RVA region
- More effective in community based-learning and community-engaged research endeavors
- More connected across campuses and disciplines
Community members will…
- Feel valued and respected by higher education partners
- Be active participants sharing their own expertise and knowledge
- Seek collaboration with higher education partners
LearnRVA has been a collaborative effort of the institutions of higher education in the region. We thank the following individuals for their contributions.
Ghazala Hashmi, Reynolds Community College
Jane Rosencrans, Reynolds Community College
Bill Martin, The Valentine
Terry Dolson, University of Richmond
Alexandra Byrum, University of Richmond
Amy Howard, University of Richmond
Julian Hayter, University of Richmond
Lynda Kachurek, University of Richmond
Jeannine Keefer, University of Richmond
Cathy Howard, Virginia Commonwealth University
Lynn Pelco, Virginia Commonwealth University
Michael Rackett, Virginia Commonwealth University
Grace Leonard, Virginia Commonwealth University
John Kneebone, Virginia Commonwealth University
Tom Woodward, Virginia Commonwealth University
Meghan Resler, Virginia Commonwealth University
Jeff Everhart, Virginia Commonwealth University
Matt Roberts, Virginia Commonwealth University
Raymond Hylton, Virginia Union University