Here you will find stories of scholarship, achievement, excellence and success. You will find stories of vulnerability and authenticity. You will read about the perseverance, collaboration, dedication and commitment our iCubed faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars share in pursuing holistic solutions to societal issues.


iCubed’s Commonwealth Scholars Program: Bridging the Gap Between Access and Opportunity

The VCU Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation (iCubed) has identified this access-opportunity gap as an important priority and addresses it through its cornerstone initiative, the Commonwealth Scholars Program (CSP). CSP is a research mentorship program that matches college students who are considered to be of the highest need and highest talent, with exceptional research faculty who specialize in inclusive community-engaged research.



Moving beyond the ivory tower

A model for promoting collaborations between researchers and communities to foster lasting change



Objects tell stories

“When I hold a slave branding iron,” shares Rucker, “or when I hold shackles from the 1800s for a 3-4 year old slave, slavery becomes tangible; it’s real. When you were a slave, your children were not your own. They could be taken away from you and sold.”



Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth funds multi-year grant for work with Latinx adolescents

Their project will meet the significant language barrier within Richmond’s Latinx communities by providing access to culturally enhanced evidence-based tobacco prevention interventions (in Spanish).



Paul Rucker's The Power of the Narrator awarded MAP Fund grant

The MAP (Multi-Arts Production) Fund announced Paul Rucker the recipient of a $40,500 grant to support The Power of the Narrator, his most recent project.



Resident Blackness; An Oral History of Richmond

During the construction of the MCV campus in 1994, human bones and artifacts from the 19th century were discovered in an abandoned well on East Marshall Street. The remains included the bodies of at least 44 adults and nine children and were primarily of African descent.



Translating research into policy

“To get our research out of the ivory tower, so to speak, and out into the community through working with policymakers and the public,” expresses Dr. Mazzeo, “could very well have far greater impact than any one, single academic journal article.”