The fight against prejudice is a cooperative process. The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with like-minded organizations to maximize our efforts towards inclusion and respect, striving to meet the ever-changing needs of localities across the Commonwealth.
VCIC facilitates many community programs.
Recent and upcoming opportunities include:
Language Justice Initiative
The RVA Language Justice Initiative is coordinated by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities in partnership with Sacred Heart Center and the Virginia Anti-Violence Project. Project components include:
– Making simultaneous interpretation headsets available to the community.
– Mobilizing individuals who are interpreters, translators, allies, and advocates via training, organizing, and collaboration.
– Supporting and training community leaders on the importance of language justice and best practices to effectively improve access to equitable multilingual spaces.
Thank you to The Bob and Anna Lou Schaberg Foundation for supporting the RVA Language Justice Initiative!
Leading Conversations: Best Practices in Facilitation
Leadership Metro Richmond and the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities have partnered to create a three-part educational training to teach best practices in facilitation. In these divisive times, tough issues are emerging in our communities, in the workplace, and at home. Open dialogue is critical but it also requires proper facilitation. This training strengthens the Richmond region by equipping our community leaders with the tools they need to lead conversations in a manner that is inclusive, informative, and effective. This program not only offers up practical tips but also gives participants the opportunity to put their new skills into practice.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Film Screening & Dialogue
In partnership with the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond and the University of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, VCIC sponsors a film screening and dialogue each January in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This event honors Dr. King’s significant legacy while exploring how to apply his message to the present day.
On Sunday, January 16, 2022, we brought the community virtually to explore “Mending Walls.” Click here to learn more.
RVA Table Talk
The RVA Table Talk series creates opportunities for community members to engage in challenging conversations about diversity and inclusion. Each session focuses on a specific topic, and participants have the opportunity to share stories, perspectives, and ideas regarding issues facing the community.
In response to increasing bias, bigotry, and divisive rhetoric, “Standing Together” is an initiative to bring diverse groups in Hampton Roads and Richmond together to speak out and stand with religious and ethnic groups who are marginalized.
Table Talk 757
The Table Talk 757 series creates opportunities for community members to engage in challenging conversations about diversity and inclusion. Each session focuses on a specific topic, and participants have the opportunity to share stories, perspectives, and ideas regarding issues facing the community.
Unpacking the 2010 Census
VCIC partnered with Initiatives of Change to facilitate “Unpacking the 2010 Census: The New Realities of Race, Class, and Jurisdiction.” The program featured research from Dr. John V. Moeser. Alongside the “Unpacking the Census” public education program, the City of Richmond launched an Anti-Poverty Commission that evolved to become the Office of Community Wealth Building.