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Katherine Bassard has been named Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the College of Humanities & Sciences at VCU. Read more about Dr. Bassard's appointment at: Dr. Bassard has been appointed as senior vice provost for faculty affairs effective Dec. 1, 2015.

Faye Belgrave has been awarded a nearly $1.5 million grant to expand the Richmond region’s capacity to prevent HIV and substance abuse, particularly among young African-Americans. Read more:

Kimberly Brown has been named Interim Chair of AFAM in the College of Humanities & Sciences at VCU. Read more about Dr. Brown's appointment at: 

Susan T. Gooden, professor of public administration and policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, has received a research grant of $364,196 to conduct an evaluation of the life outcomes of participants in nonprofit organizations focused on engaging disadvantaged youth from poor and minority communities. Read more:

Kevin Harris has been named Interim Associate Vice President for Health Sciences and Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences, Student Initiatives and Inclusion. Harris' responsibilities include: developing strategies and initiatives that increase diversity in VCU health sciences programs, foster student success, and enhance campus climate and oversight of the Division for Academic Success and the Division for Health Science Diversity. 

Donna Jackson has been appointed as Assistant Dean for VCU School of Medicine's Admissions Office. 

Rachel Maddux received a five-year, $1.1 million grant from the Department of Education for the TRiO Student Support Services program. The renewable grant focuses on supporting the success of first generation and low income students, as well as students with disabilities. The grant is a partnership between the Division of Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) and the Division of Health Sciences, Student Initiatives and Inclusion. The grant will provide activities and services that focus on the enhancement of student non-cognitive and academic skills, and include proactive advising and addressing special needs.

Aashir Nasim has been named Special Assistant to the Provost and Director of the Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation (icubed). The Institute will serve as a catalyst for engaging and supporting underrepresented minority faculty and students in collaborative inquiry and​ team science to address problems that disproportionately impact urban communities. The Institute will also provide opportunities for the university community to engage in dialogue through public teaching, seminars and workshops on inclusive scholarship and pedagogy.

Together with faculty from Howard University (PI, Clarence Lee) Nasim was awarded two STEM grants in the past month: 

-$4,000,000.00 for the next five years from the National Science Foundation -- Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NSF-LSAMP) to enhance academic support programs for predominantly African American undergraduate and graduate students in science and engineering.  

-$750,000.00 for the next three years from the U.S. Department of Education's Minority Science and Education Improvement Program (MSEIP) to support the institutionalization of STEM support programs for predominantly African American students. 

Dr. Nasim serves as principal investigator of program evaluation for these grant awards.