*ACHIEVING SUCCESS THROUGH INCLUSION*

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success by addressing prejudices, in all forms, in order to improve academic achievement, increase workplace productivity, and enhance local trust. Through workshops, retreats, and customized programs that raise knowledge, motivation, and skills, VCIC develops leaders who work together to achieve success throughout the Commonwealth. 

Our organization traces its roots back to 1935 in Virginia.  With a lengthy and rich history, we have been destined to change with the times, even as we work to change the times in which we live.  Originally founded as the Virginia Region of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities concluded our association with NCCJ in 2005 and joined with many of our fellow offices across the country to form the National Federation for Just Communities, a new movement fighting prejudice in all its forms.   Read More …

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 MISSION, VISION, VALUES

 

MISSION

*Achieving Success Through Inclusion*

 The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion.

VISION

A Virginia where every person is included and where prejudice, intolerance, and fear of facing those issues don’t stand in the way of success for our schools, businesses, and communities.

VALUES

INCLUSION

VCIC CREATES spaces and places where people from all backgrounds feel engaged and supported. VCIC BELIEVES that inclusion exists when people accept, respect, and value differences.

 

INTEGRITY

VCIC ACTS with honesty and authenticity in all that we do. VCIC EMBODIES the practices that we teach.

 

EFFECTIVENESS

With partners, clients, and other stakeholders, VCIC DESIGNS clear and definitive goals. VCIC ACHIEVES those goals in efficient, demonstrable ways.

 

RELEVANCE

VCIC SEEKS current and relatable information that is worth sharing. VCIC SUSTAINS dialogue with communities across the Commonwealth, to keep our work grounded and visionary. 

 

OPENNESS

VCIC DEMONSTRATES transparency, clarity, and honesty. VCIC WELCOMES inquiries, ideas, and feedback.

Awards & Recognition We Have Received

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities is proud to have been widely recognized by local, regional, and national organizations for our effectiveness and outreach.  Here are some of the ways our organization and staff members have been honored:

2018

VCIC was named a Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.org

Development & Operations Coordinator Tawyana Athey received the Catalyst Award from the University of Richmond

2017

VCIC was named a Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.org

VCIC received the Bishop Leontine Kelly Peace and Justice Award from the Methodist Federation for Social Action

President & CEO Jonathan Zur received the Director’s Community Leadership Award from the Norfolk Field Office of the FBI

President & CEO Jonathan Zur was inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame by Freehold Township High School

2016

VCIC was named a Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.org

VCIC was commended in House Resolution No. 111 by the Virginia House of Delegates

VCIC received a Distinguished Community Service Award from the Tidewater Metro Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Virginia

President & CEO Jonathan Zur received the Ukrop Community Vision Award from Leadership Metro Richmond

President & CEO Jonathan Zur received a MLK Drum Major for Justice Award from Boaz & Ruth, Fifth Street Baptist Church, and Urban Financial Services Coalition

President & CEO Jonathan Zur received a 900 Men Strong Community Service Award from Second Calvary Baptist Church

2015

VCIC received a Partners in Progress Award from Diversity Richmond

President & CEO Jonathan Zur was named a Finalist for Person of the Year by the Richmond Times-Dispatch

2014

VCIC was named a Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.org

Vice President of Programs Allison Conyers was named one of the Women Worth Watching by Profiles in Diversity Journal

2013

VCIC was named a Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.org

VCIC received the Pacesetter Award for Excellence from Partnership for the Future

VCIC received the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond’s Clergy & Community Organization Award for promoting interfaith harmony

VCIC was commended in House Joint Resolution No. 790 by the Virginia General Assembly

President & CEO Jonathan Zur received the Jepson School Tenth Year Reunion Recognition Award from the University of Richmond

2012

VCIC was named a Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.org

VCIC received the Vivian C. Mason Award from the Urban League of Hampton Roads

VCIC’s Project Inclusion named “The best program we have seen in the nation for sowing the seeds of non-violence, inclusiveness and understanding in a high school population” in No COLORS: 100 Ways to Stop Gangs from Taking Away Our Communities

2011

VCIC named a Richmond History Maker by the Valentine Richmond History Center for “Improving Social Justice”

VCIC received the GuideStar Exchange Seal for organizational commitment to transparency

President & CEO Jonathan Zur received the Stettinius Award for Nonprofit Leadership

2009

Past President & CEO Jeffrey B. Spence received a Peace Award from the Rumi Forum and the Old Dominion University Better Understanding Club

President & CEO Jonathan Zur named one of Richmond’s Top 40 Under 40 by Style Weekly

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