Diversity is an integral part of the Virginia Commonwealth University community. The VCU student body proudly enjoys not only racial diversity but also diversity that comes from the various socio-economic classes, sexual orientations and interests represented at VCU.
To celebrate this diversity, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Residential Life and Housing are co-sponsoring I Heart Diversity Week, which takes place from March 21-25. The week is comprised of a variety of events which celebrate diversity and raise awareness for social issues in minority communities.
The Social Justice Conference, taking place on Friday, March 25 from 9:45 to 4:30 p.m. in the Richmond Salons, is the crown jewel of I Heart Diversity Week, a free conference which will provide students with an opportunity to discuss social issues, build leadership skills and network with students and professionals on how to create social change.
“The Social Justice Conference is designed to create an open dialogue about social issues that plague the world we live in and get students of all backgrounds involved in producing a working solution that can be carried back to their role at the institution,” Camilla Hill, Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, said. “The Social Justice Conference is one of the many tools students can use to build leadership skills, networking opportunities as well as providing a comprehensive look at the true meaning of diversity.”
List of topics to be discussed at this year’s conference include: race and ethnicity, LGBTQIA+ issues, sexuality, ability and access, socio-economic status, privilege, microaggressions and more.