McKenna Brown (second from left), shown on a recent visit to Guatemala, served as the founding director of VCU’s School of World Studies in the College of Humanities and Sciences. He retires this year after 28 years on VCU’s faculty. (Courtesy McKenna Brown)

R. McKenna Brown, founding director of VCU’s School of World Studies, retires after 28 years

June 1, 2023

An expert in Maya culture and language, Brown expanded global learning and international partnerships for students and supported faculty development.

Daniela Negrete (left) and Mariana Fernandes Gragnani have helped lead Collective Corazón, a student organization that aims to break down cultural barriers in health care. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

From the heart, VCU student group promotes Latinx health equity

May 24, 2023

Collective Corazón’s efforts include a spring symposium that spotlighted professionals and inspired aspiring practitioners.

10 projects awarded funding from the VCU Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Fund

May 16, 2023

The fund awarded nearly $100,000 this year to faculty for research projects related to the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Ishaan Nandwani, pictured at the Plaza de España in Seville, Spain, has been mesmerized by the architecture and “authentic beauty” of Seville during his spring studying there. (Photo by Victoria Bee, @?victoriabeephoto on Instagram)

Class of 2023: With an expanding world view, Ishaan Nandwani sees medicine as service

May 8, 2023

VCU Honors College senior, with degrees in biology and Spanish, looks to blend patient and community care.

Gabriella Zenelovic, an international studies major with a minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, joined the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at VCU. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Class of 2023: Gabriella Zenelovic pairs military and Arabic language training as she considers federal service career path

May 4, 2023

International studies major found her way to VCU with an assist from the basketball team.

Samantha McCartney, a VCU alum, works as a production coordinator for Loveboat at its office in Paris. (Contributed photo)

VCU studies helped prepare alum Samantha McCartney for a career in France

March 27, 2023

McCartney enjoys the challenges and opportunities that have come with life in Paris, where she works for a creative production company.

At right, Dame Karen Pierce, DCMG, British Ambassador to the United States, speaks with Chris Burdett, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, at the "Democracy and Diplomacy: Cultivating Our Future" event on Monday in the Commonwealth Ballroom at VCU's University Student Commons. (Joe Mahoney, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU)

British ambassador to the U.S. visits VCU on tour of Richmond

March 24, 2023

From classroom visits to discussions with students about U.S.-U.K. relations, Dame Karen Pierce and representatives from the U.K. embassy gave VCU students a global perspective this week.

Bridget Ferguson interned as an interpreter with the Chesterfield County Office of the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission and the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. (Photo by Kevin Morley, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Class of 2023: Bridget Ferguson is providing much-needed Spanish interpretation services in the legal system

March 6, 2023

Ferguson, a student in VCU’s Spanish-English Translation Interpretation Certificate program, says it feels “meaningful and rewarding to be able to put my abilities to use in a way that helps people and helps to maintain the integrity of our legal system.”

Among four research projects receiving funding from the Transdisciplinary Environmental Research Incubator is an effort studying Black-led urban agricultural spaces. (Getty Images)

Transdisciplinary Environmental Research Incubator funds four new research collaborations

Feb. 2, 2023

“The incubator will soon become a model for future research collaborations across the university,” said Cristina Stanciu, Ph.D., director of the Humanities Research Center.

2020 Virginia Commonwealth University alum Kelly Nguyen is a recipient of a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs fellowship, which supports individuals who want to pursue a career in the foreign service of the U.S. Department of State. Contributed photo.

VCU alum is the recipient of a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program fellowship

March 10, 2022

Studies at VCU helped lay the foundation for the work Kelly Nguyen hopes to do with the U.S. foreign service.