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Mangala Subramaniam and M. Cristina Alcalde
Mangala Subramaniam, Ph.D. and M. Cristina Alcalde, Ph.D.

January 23, 2022

Dismantling Institutional Whiteness: Emerging Forms of Leadership in Higher Education

12:00 p.m. (virtual event)

The speakers for this event are Mangala Subramaniam, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University, and M. Cristina Alcalde, Vice President of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Global and Intercultural Studies at Miami University.

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Shawn Utsey
Shawn Utsey, Ph.D.

February 15, 2022

The Central Lunatic Asylum for the Colored Insane Film Screening

4:00 p.m. (Commons Theater)

Join us for a film screening and discussion of the documentary “The Central Lunatic Asylum for the Colored Insane,” with filmmaker and VCU Professor of Psychology Shawn Utsey, Ph.D.

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Malik Yakini
Malik Yakini

February 21, 2022

Growing Kale, Shifting Power and Building Food Sovereignty

6:00 p.m. (Institute for Contemporary Art)

The speaker for this event is Malik Yakini, co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.

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Kathleen Graber
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Virginia Commonwealth University

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Gay Inc.:
The Nonprofitization of Queer Politics

Myrl Beam, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University

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Judy Twigg

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Judy Twigg

Written by Jason Ross Arnold, Associate Professor and Chair, Political Science

When global health crises emerge, national health systems fail, or Russia threatens its neighbors or citizens, policymakers and influencers call upon Judy Twigg for analysis and advice. At the end of the year, when I look back at all she has done, I’m always struck by the mountain of accomplishments. World Bank reports by the dozen, plus a few dozen more for other organizations. Fifty or so media interviews, not to mention the op-eds, blog posts, policy briefs, and presentations to policymakers. And then, somehow, she still finds time for an ambitious book project, or some other major endeavor she’s cooking up.

A partial list of Judy’s professional memberships and affiliations reflects Judy’s high standing in the academic and policymaking worlds: the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the World Bank, the Wilson Center (Kennan Institute), the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, UNICEF, and the Social Science Research Council, among others. I’ll stop with the name dropping after this, but it’s also an indication of her influence that you can find her ideas at The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and other leading sites. All of that work, and all of the success that comes from it, seems driven solely from an unshakeable will to – simply put – help people, to do what she can to make vulnerable populations more healthy and secure. I presume most who have had the good fortune to work with her would agree.

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