Black Equity and Inclusion Committees

Proposed planning framework

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VCU's Student Success team is charged with establishing a campus environment that eliminates barriers to graduation, encourages engagement with faculty and our community, and creates opportunities to develop tangible and intangible career skills.

As staff within Student Success, the accomplishment of these goals are impeded by racial barriers that affect access, equity, and inclusion. The death of George Floyd in May 2020 inspired the staff of Career Services, Campus Learning Center, University Academic Advising, University Academic Advising Board, Student Athlete Support Services, Strategic Initiatives, Transfer Programs & Initiatives, and the Writing Center to work collectively on examining our own biases, barriers to staff development and advancement, policies that adversely affect our black and BIPOC students, and access to student experience opportunities that ensure positive educational and career outcomes for all students equitably.

This website provides accountability to ourselves as a team and to show our progress to our students for whom we are working hard to uphold our commitment to establishing a campus environment that eliminates barriers to graduation.

Desired outcomes

  • Broad-based goals that will allow Student Success/Advising to improve equity, inclusion, and support of our Black students and staff
  • Action plans to realize broad-based goals (defined by immediate, short term, long term)
  • Budget-mindful recommendations – broken down into “requires funding” and “no additional funding”

Chair: Roy Roach
UAAB, Advisor – College of Humanities & Sciences

NameUnit
Martha Harper UAAB
Brad T Birchett UAAB
Nicolette Zbell UAAB
Eileen Scanlon UAAB
Chimene Boone UAAB
Becky Sowers University Academic Advising
Tanya Wineland UAAB
Ravynn Sykes Career Services
Amber Cummings University Academic Advising
Michael Smart UAAB
Sayaka Suzuki UAAB
Margaret Ozierski UAAB
Sheila Blair UAAB
Carlton Goode University Academic Advising
Cabel Newton UAAB
Tabia Matthews University Academic Advising
Rachel Bobbitt UAAB
Sarah Briland UAAB
Andy Kane Campus Learning Center
Lachelle Waller UAAB
Melissa Siebert UAAB
Ayanna Thompson University Academic Advising
Codie Frank University Academic Advising
Andrea Moreau UAAB
Danielle Stubbs University Academic Advising
Shelley Bowers UAAB
Juliana Rasnic UAAB

Meeting minutes

To come

Chair: Sonya Barnes
Career Services

NameUnit
Amber Cummings University Academic Advising
Steph Dorman University Academic Advising
Cathryn Coffey University Academic Advising
Jake Regal University Academic Advising
Becky Sowers University Academic Advising
Sarah Zehringer University Academic Advising
Arjun Tomer SI Leader, CLC
Anwulika Molokwu Tutor, CLC
Erin Hanley Writing Consultant, Writing Center

Meeting minutes

To come

Chairs: Ash Taylor-Beierl, Madison Woodroof, Haya Hamid

NameUnit
Christian Henderson University Academic Advising
Cabel Newton UAAB
Ayanna Thompson University Academic Advising
Melissa Siebert UAAB
Amy Leap Miller UAAB
Ian Coyle Transfer Center
Ash Taylor-Beierl Career Services
Sarah Midkiff UAAB
Madeline Goldman UAAB
Madison Woodroof UAAB
Rhonda Hall Career Services
Carmen Glass UAAB
Tabia Matthews University Academic Advising
Jenna Clancy University Academic Advising
Kelsie Potter UAAB
Haya Hamid SI Leader, CLC
Elizabeth Crump SI Leader, CLC
Katheryne Ramos SI Leader, CLC
Ashlyn Anderson University Academic Advising

Meeting minutes

Gerron Scott
UAAB, Advisor – College of Humanities & Sciences

NameUnit
Betsy Seymour University Academic Advising
Kerry Boland University Academic Advising
Danielle Pearles Career Services
Codie Frank University Academic Advising
Samara Reynolds Career Services
Mohammed Al-Meflehi Tutor, CLC
Nada Youssef SI Leader, CLC
Carol Ann Lawson VCU Human Resources

Meeting minutes

NameUnit
Maggie Tolan Senior Associate Vice Provost – Student Success
Chimene Boone UAAB - Trio
Ian Coyle Transfer Center
Sarah Midkiff UAAB - Arts
Tanya Wineland UAAB - Business
Madison Woodroof UAAB - Graduate/MSW
Melissa Siebert UAAB - Humanities and Sciences
Martha Harper UAAB - University College
Ayanna Thompson University Academic Advising
Ravynn Sykes Career Services
Gerron Scott Chair, Staff Committee
Roy Roach Chair, Immediate Action Committee
Sonya Barnes Chair, Policies Committee

Meeting minutes

To come

NameUnit
Janice Babb IRDS
Holly Bailey IRDS

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