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Happy New Year Panther Nation!
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Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, VUU President and CEO 
Safety First
Dear Panther Community,
Here are some important reminders which are in place to keep our community safe and healthy.
  1. The campus is closed to outside guests and any suspicious persons or activity should be reported to 804-257-5777 or through the on-line reporting form 
  2. It is a requirement for everyone to submit the Daily Wellness check, including weekends
  3. Report any illness or COVID-19 symptoms to the appropriate office
    1. Students - Health Services also known as Capital Area Health Network (CAHN) via telehealth at (804) 780-0840.
    2. Faculty/Staff - Office of Human Resource and Talent Management (HRTM) at (804) 257- 5841
  4.  Wear masks at all times
  5.  Avoid social gatherings and/or lunch with colleagues/friends on campus.
Be Safe and Be Well.

Did you catch this week's Good News Mondays alert? 

Each week we share exciting, innovative, and groundbreaking news about Virginia Union University as we make progress towards being recognized as a Best in Class University.


Find out how VUU is working to make a career in education more attainable for people of color. It's Good News Monday, help us spread the news!  Click here to read the Good News.

Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 12 Noon
Topic: Campus-wide Health and Safety
Microsoft Teams meeting
Click here to join the meeting
Or call in (audio only) [5] +1 804-316-9615
Phone Conference ID: 401 758 907#
Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Topic: Campus-wide Health and Safety
Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting
Or call in (audio only) [7] +1 804-316-9615
Phone Conference ID: 360 587 766#
Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 6:00 PM
Topic: Opening Plan 2021
Click to join: VUU-GradTownHall

Dear VUU Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, and Supporters:


In 2020, we witnessed incredible compassion, collaboration, and grace demonstrated throughout our beloved university community. We all pulled together, even while 6-feet apart, to pivot teaching and learning online successfully, to move students on-and-off campus safely, and to navigate our way through the Fall semester smoothly. This just shows...we're  Stronger Together.


While harrowing our way through an unprecedented, global pandemic, we also completed a successful SACSCOC on-site visit, kicked-off an uplifting Convocation, and hosted a dynamic virtual Homecoming, to name a few. What's more, we secured competitive grants, engaged students in faculty research, announced new degrees, published books, and, most importantly, celebrated 227 new graduates! #Classof2020


We did all of this unified and united...proving that we're  Stronger Together


We look forward to all that we will accomplish  together in 2021 as we pursue  The Promise of a Limitless Future. Check out our new infographic below. 


Happy New Year,


Division of Academic Affairs

Office of the Provost

Virginia Union University listed in HBCU Firsts
Virginia Union University was recognized in the HBCU Firsts digital digest timeline for its ground-breaking work focused on the study of HBCUs. In early, 2020, Virginia Union University launched the Center for the Study of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, making it the only research center of its kind in the country dedicated to researching the power and impact of the HBCU community. The Center for the Study of HBCUs is a national research center, whose vision is to become the country’s preeminent institute for the advancement of relevant scholars and scholarship.
Virginia Union University appears alongside other notable “firsts” in HBCU history. Click to check out the full list of the HBCU Firsts timeline and historic accomplishments.
Albany State University Gives to the Evelyn Reid Syphax School of Education

The Academic Affairs Division is pround to have launched a new FACULTY SPOTLIGHT SERIES that highlights university faculty and academic personnel in “LIVE” sessions sharing their research expertise, published scholarship, and teaching areas.


The next “LIVE” 30-minute episode in this new series will be held Friday, January 8th at 9:00am ET, featuring Dr. Ahkinyala Cobb-Abdullah

Ahkinyala Cobb-Abdullah, Ph.D. is currently serving as the Director of the Center for STEM Diversity and as an Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Ecology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. She has studied the toxic effects of metals in animal systems and her current research interest focuses on atmospheric deposition of metal pollutants in urban garden soil and plant tissues.


During her time with VUU, Dr. Ahkinyala Cobb-Abdullah has been very passionate about helping students to prepare for STEM careers, and she currently serves as PI and director for the Department of Natural Sciences Community Culture Research Scholarship Program. The program funds approximately 25 STEM majors, providing academic scholarships, undergraduate research support, peer mentor and peer tutor support. Dr. Cobb-Abdullah is very committed to community outreach, striving to increase STEM exposure for students in under-served communities. She conducts STEAM workshops, collaborates with community STEM organizations, and currently serves on the advisory board of the STEM education organization SEM Link.  In collaboration with the Virginia Union University Samuel Dewitt School of Theology, Dr. Cobb-Abdullah works with the VUU Green Team to bring programming, such as Earth day celebrations and hosting environmental film showings as part of the RVA environmental film festival, to VUU in an effort to raise awareness about environmental issues.


Join us Friday, January 8th at 9:00am ET. CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW.

The 43rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Leaders’ Celebration will be broadcast and streamed virtually on Monday, January 18 at 9am.

For the very first time, we are pleased to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy with an estimated one hundred thousand households throughout the Richmond and Hampton Roads’ areas through a new media partnership with WTVR-CBS 6 in Richmond, VA and its sister station, WTKR CBS 3, in Hampton Roads. In addition, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) has joined with us in a shared effort to achieve the economic justice Dr. King sought by increasing educational attainment opportunities among underrepresented communities.


During the broadcast, we will not only reflect on Dr. King’s legacy and his local impact, but also we will recognize leaders and organizations both in Richmond and in the Hampton Roads regions whose efforts embody Dr. King’s spirit of selfless giving for the benefit of our “beloved community.” Learn more.


Click here to view Sponsorship Package details

Click here to purchase Sponsorship Packages

Virginia Union University is excited to present the honorees of the 43rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Beloved Community and MLK Legacy Awards in the areas of Health, Education, Economic Justice and Legislation.
These individuals and organizations embody the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy and work tirelessly to realize his dreams of racial, social and economic equity. We honor their individual and collective sacrifice, and salute their vision, tenacity and commitment to Dr. King’s “beloved community.”
MLK Community Learning Week
Week of Giving Community Projects
For more information on supporting and/or participating in these efforts, contact: Reverend Dr. Ricardo Brown Executive Director Living the Dream Foundation, Inc.
(804) 355-1044 |

Our VUU Registrar, Erica Jackson and Terri Wyatt, Campus Bookstore Manager, have worked with VUU academic regalia provider --Herff Jones, to offer a streamlined process for cap and gown ordering.  


Fall 2020 and May 2021 graduation candidates can begin ordering now! Click the link:


Panther Pride
Shay Moss, Class of 2011 and former Miss Virginia Union University, shares inspiring relationship advice with Steve Harvey! CONGRATULATIONS Mrs. Shay Moss!
Click the image below to watch and pay close attention at the 4:25 mark!
This Young Couple is Millennial Marriage Goals!
Jeremiah and Shay are millennial newlyweds with two great examples: both of their parents! With a combined 64 years of marriage, their parents told Steve the important lessons on marriage they’ve instilled in their children.
The CIAA Legacy Fan Box is live! The box contains exclusive gear for 2021 as well as a Taste of Baltimore item and access to a virtual media guide Tournament week updates.  Click the image for more info!
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), the nation’s oldest historically black athletic conference, launches its Legacy Fan Box, which offers alumni and fans the opportunity to celebrate the conference and its historic tournament with a collection of exclusive memorabilia shipped directly to their homes.

The CIAA Legacy Fan box includes several unique CIAA Tournament branded items as well as a taste of Baltimore for $65 plus shipping. Fans can also upgrade to a premium fan box for $95 plus shipping that includes a CIAA Championship Bulova watch.

Other perks include a virtual souvenir program and priority access to the upcoming CIAA virtual experience as well as a chance to win tickets to the 2022 CIAA Basketball Tournament.

The CIAA Legacy Fan Box was birthed in anticipation of normal in-person tournament week activities being altered as a result of the current global pandemic. This limited time offer is a great opportunity to tap into the CIAA nostalgia in a safe and responsible manner.

On sale now through January 10, the CIAA Legacy Fan Box will arrive in a custom designed box just in time for the CIAA virtual tournament week experience in February. To purchase or learn more about the CIAA Legacy Fan Box, please visit the information center  HERE.
The Spirit of VUU



The Evans-Smith Certificate Program offers various ways to address the growing needs of diverse communities to grow spiritually and professionally. Qualified instructors will teach classes in a newly designed Zoom Virtual-Based classroom for students all around the country.  

Join the Evans-Smith family of learners.   
Evans-Smith Certificate Program
Evans-Smith Registration Form
Saturdays with STVU
The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology hosts weekly weekend worship services where the esteemed and distinguished faculty preach homilies that encourage, inspire, empower and challenge students, faculty and staff.
Click the image below to view!
Join Virginia Union University Thursday Prayer Calls at 11 AM
VUU Virtual Chapel Services Thursdays at 12 NOON via
Facebook and YouTube 
Click the image below to JOIN US in this
Powerful Worship Experience!

The 'VUU 2020 Wrap Up' soundtrack is here!

Click here to listen to another highly anticipated lyrical Year In Review delivered by our very own artists: J Bizz, Owner of the Brand New Wave Campus Barber Shop, and VUU Sophomore, Jordan "Postman" Blakes. Through their creativity, VUU will commemorate and share many of the highlights, successes, and some of the most unforgettable moments on our campus and in our communities.


Missed last year's VUU 2019 Wrap Up? Click to listen.

The December Issue Features Tavarius "T. J." Thompson, Author | Motivational Speaker | Unionite. Click the image below.
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Click here to read Dr. Lucas' updates 

Click here to read the Virginia Union University Corona Virus Memo

Virginia Union University is continuing to monitor updates about “COVID-19,” more commonly known as coronavirus. We are working with Capital Area Health Network (CAHN), our University-based healthcare provider, and following the recommendations from the  Virginia Department of Health(VDH) as well as the  Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of Monday, May 4th, 2020, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has confirmed 19,492 cases of COVID-19 in Virginia.  

The decisions we are making rely heavily on the guidance we are receiving from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health and are intended to protect the health and welfare of our faculty, staff, students, and local community. We recognize the uncertainty this global health issue is creating and are committed to keeping you informed and up-to-date as this situation evolves.

Virginia Union University (VUU) is committed to providing an environment free from sexual misconduct, assault, harassment or any sex/gender discrimination that may violate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and other state and federal laws. VUU will take prompt and appropriate action to eliminate prohibited conduct, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects. All VUU employees are defined by the policy as either confidential employees or responsible employees. All responsible employees have a responsibility to immediately report incidents of prohibited conduct involving sexual assault, sexual exploitation and partner or relationship violence to the Title IX Coordinator. Contact the Title IX Coordinator Kendra Mayers at or 804-342-3939 if you have any questions or need to report an incident.  Click here to review the Virginia Union University 2019 Sexual Misconduct Policy

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