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Dear Panther Community,
Please remember that we require ALL Campus-Based faculty and staff members to complete the Employee Daily Wellness Check  based on the days that you work. The form MUST be completed BEFORE you arrive on campus. All who answer YES to any of the screening questions must immediately contact VUU Office of Human Resource and Talent Management at (804)257-5834 and should NOT report to campus until they receive further guidance.   

The University’s spring 2021 approach to the reopening plan includes:  

  • Maintain appropriate social distancing, staying at least (6) six feet away from others when possible.  
  • Face coverings are mandatory while on campus indoors and outdoors. 
  • IDs must always be carried with you and parking decals clearly displayed.  
  • All appointments will be virtual and only in emergency cases will on campus in person appointments be allowed. 
  • Strict physical and social distancing measures will be adhered to throughout the campus. 
  • Facemasks are required on campus indoors and outdoors. 
  • No business travel shall be permitted unless approved by the President. 
  • On-campus visitation is prohibited 
  • The campus is closed to nonresidential students and non-campus-based employees. 
  • Campus Curfew will be 11:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. 
  • Travel Form:  Must be completed to notify the university of your travel plans to areas at risk and/or affected by COVID-19.
  • Appointment Request Form: Must be completed for all who require an approved appointment to enter campus. 

For more details on how VUU is managing the COVID-19 pandemic and to view the reopening plan, visit VUU Re-Opening Plan Spring 2021  If you have additional questions or need assistance with technical support to complete the Daily Wellness Check, please email or call 
Be Safe and Be Well.
Did you catch this week's Good News Monday? 
Join us in congratulating VUU Board of Trustees member Tyrone Dickerson. Read about his achievement in this week's Good News Monday report.

VUU Board of Trustees Member Tyrone Dickerson Named 2021 Ruth Coles Harris Advancing Diversity & Inclusion Award Recipient 


Virginia Union University Trustee Tyrone Dickerson will be awarded the 2021 Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA) Ruth Coles Harris Advancing Diversity & Inclusion Award. It will be presented during the organization's virtual Leader’s Summit Annual Meeting on May 13, 2021. VSCPA will also recognize winners of the Top 5 Under 35 Award and Outstanding Member Award. Read More


Each week we will share exciting, innovative, and groundbreaking news about Virginia Union University as we make progress to Best in Class. Help us spread the GOOD NEWS! 

VUU Board of Trustees Member,
Dr. Pamela Kiecker Royall - Featured
Richmond Free Press Personality
Spotlight on First Woman Board Chair of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture

Dr. Pamela Kiecker Royall is breaking ground in her newest role as the first female board chair for the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, a leadership post to which she was elected in January. And she is intent on making sure that the museum on Arthur Ashe Boulevard is “relevant and meaningful for diverse audiences.”


“I considered it a great honor, especially to be the first woman in this role,” says Dr. Royall when asked why she accepted the role. “I believe in the museum’s mission and expanded vision for serving all Virginians.”


Her major goal for her two-year term is supporting that expanding vision to make VMHC’s collections, exhibitions and programming and preservation efforts more inclusive and representative to reflect the history and legacy of all Virginians. Read More

The Latest Issue of the Unionite Express is Here!
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for COVID-19 and Black Community Trust in Science
In collaboration with the Faculty Development Initiative at Virginia Union University, the Center for African American History and Culture (CAAHC) hosts a special panel on Black community trust/distrust in science that will highlight and encourage interdisciplinary approaches to and engagement with pressing issues affecting the African American community.

The COVID-19 crisis and pandemic only make more visible the racial disparities that have always negatively affected Black and other ethnic minority communities' health and medical care access. We notice this disparity conspicuously now as it relates to those who are able to get access to vaccinations quickly.

The COVID pandemic summons our attention to a history of science, medicine, and the ill-treatment and handling of Black bodies. In light of the current times, this panel will illumine a history of scientific racism, and link how it may contribute to and warrant Black community suspicious of science.

Terri Laws, PhD, Assistant Professor, Health and Human Services and African and African American Studies, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Wylin D. Wilson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke Divinity School

Karl T. Jackson Sr., PhD, Chair, Department of Natural Sciences and Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Union University

Gerard McShepard, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Biology, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs in the School of Arts and Sciences, Virginia Union University

Moderated by:
Cleve V. Tinsley IV, Asst. Professor and Director of Center for African-American History and Culture, Virginia Union University

Click here to register

Meeting ID: 979 5348 4707
Passcode: 397061
Join Our “LIVE” Faculty Spotlight
Friday, April 2 at 9:00am, featuring Dr. Alphonso Sealey  Click the image below to join the “LIVE” session 

The FACULTY SPOTLIGHT SERIES 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 series will be held Friday, April 2 at 9:00am ET, featuring Dr. Alphonso Sealey. You can join the “LIVE” session using this link: CLICK HERE TO JOIN!

The Panther Sports Report, a weekly radio show focusing on Virginia Union University Athletics, will premiere at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 5, on WRIR (97.3 FM).

The half-hour radio show, although focusing on all things dealing with VUU Athletics and hosted by Virginia Union Sports Information Director Jim Junot, it will also provide an opportunity for the entire VUU community to tell about the many exciting things happening at the University.


Dr. Alvin Parker, VUU Head Football Coach, will be the first guest on the show.


WRIR-LP 97.3 FM is an all-volunteer, nonprofit community radio station. It is the largest low power FM station of its kind in the country.


WRIR’s volunteers run the station. That includes everyone from the President of the Board to the newest potential member to walk in the front door, including the people behind the mic or the ones keeping the lights on and the broadcast on air.


The station’s FM broadcast range encompasses the Richmond areas while also broadcasting online worldwide and through popular services like iHeartRadio and devices like Amazon’s Alexa.


The Panther Sports Report will air each Monday at 12:30 p.m.

64th Annual Church Leadership Conference


IN.S.I.D.E. VUU Inaugural Symposium
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The Ruth Coles Harris Leadership Institute Workshop was a Success!
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Watch the playback of your favorite Faculty Spotlight Session!
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Fans can now vote for Virginia Union University’s Bianca Lockamy and Alkin Barkley for the 2020-21 Lowe’s Senior Class Award.  The voting portal will remain open from March 3, 2021, until April 4, 2021, at


Lockamy is a junior guard on the Lady Panther basketball team and is majoring in Biology. 


Barkley is junior on the VUU golf team and is majoring in Business Accounting.


Twenty-four Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA®) men’s and women’s student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were unveiled as candidates for the 2020-21 Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award®. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award recognizes the total student-athlete and encourages student leaders to use their platform in athletics to positively impact their communities. 

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Panther Pride
Scholarship opportunity from The John W. Barco Alumni Chapter! Visit for application. Email questions
Ms. Portia James '77 holds a photo of her beloved father and 7th president of Virgina Union University (serving 1970-1979), Dr. Allix B. James. Dr. James graduated in 1944 BA, and 1946 MDiv. and in 2011 received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. 
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The VUU Copy Center is your one-stop shop for short run, same and next day print requests. We specialize in short run catalogs and brochures as well as stationery, business cards, postcards, comb bound presentations and much more.

Call the VUU Copy Center today and find out just how easy, fast, and accurate our services are. Call 804 257 5603 or email us at

The Spirit of VUU
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.
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Join Virginia Union University Thursday Prayer Calls at 11 AM
VUU Virtual Chapel Services Thursdays at 12 NOON via
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Powerful Worship Experience!
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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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