Course Projects

Improving the Lives of LGBTQ+ Young Richmonders of Color: Post- Traumatic Healing and Wellness Through Community-Based Participatory Research

While men’s sexual violence against women is unarguably a social and public health issue, both nationally representative data and smaller studies tell us that rates for LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual or otherwise not-heterosexual, not-cisgender) individuals are equally or significantly more likely to experience sexual violence and assault. Despite this, there remains [...]

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RVA Street Singers

RVA Street Singers is a community choir for people affected by homelessness and allies in the Greater Richmond Region. This choir is a partnership between Second Presbyterian Church, VCU Department of Music, and VCU School of Social Work. Originating within a cross-disciplinary “Music and Social Justice” service-learning course at VCU, the choir was led by [...]

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Gentrification in Richmond

In this project students explored gentrification in Richmond, but I wanted to experiment with alternative ways for them to present their work that did not involve research papers or in-class presentations. Working with the Alt Lab at VCU, they designed a map on which students could locate sites of gentrification. Students presented their findings through [...]

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Pen Pal Project

The Pen Pal Project is a service learning project in my TEDU 386, Children’s Literature, course. It is a partnership with fifth grade students at Barack Obama Elementary, formerly J.E.B. Stuart Elementary, a Richmond Public School. For the fall 2017 semester, university students in my course were paired with a fifth grade student and had [...]

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Focused Inquiry–Villa partnership

Since September 2014, first-year Virginia Commonwealth University undergraduates have enrolled in one section of Focused Inquiry, a general education seminar. These students have served as near-peer mentors for students at St. Joseph’s Villa, a non-profit that provides special, nontraditional, and alternative education to students from the Richmond area. Each year, approximately 22 VCU first-year students [...]

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East End Cemetery

East End is a historic African American cemetery in Henrico County, Virginia. Established in 1897 next to Evergreen Cemetery, East End is the final resting place of an estimated 13,000 people, among them some of the most prominent black Richmonders of the turn of the 20th century: Rosa D. Bowser, a pioneering educator and civic leader; Hezekiah F. Jonathan, a [...]

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VCU’s Richmond Wellness and Health Program

The Richmond Wellness and Health Program (RHWP) is an innovative, community-engaged higher education initiative for students enrolled in the VCU Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, Medicine, Social Work, Occupational Therapy and the Department of Psychology. Students provide integrated care to residents in apartment buildings that are designated for older adults and those with disabilities. The program serves low-income older adults who have [...]

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The Mighty James

This course involved an investigation into the broad cultural, ecological, and social dynamics around the James River watershed. Students and faculty in the course examined the attitudes and beliefs of local residents about their relationship to the James River watershed. [...]

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Made in Church Hill

Church Hill, one of Richmond’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods, is in the midst of a profound transformation. Often described as up-and-coming and cool, it is also a place whose ethnic, racial, and economic composition has changed drastically over the last century. Through image, word, and sound, Made in Church Hill expressed this community’s transformation, [...]

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Performing Statistics

Performing Statistics, a project by Art180 and Legal Aid Justice Center, connects incarcerated teens with an incredible group of artists, designers, educators, and Virginia’s leading policy advocates to transform the juvenile justice system. By working with incarcerated youth to become creative and civic leaders in their communities Performing Statistics supports Legal Aid Justice Center’s advocacy work to directly affect laws and public [...]

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