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.


Commonwealth Scholar Advocates for Latinx Patients

First-generation Latinx student and homeland security major Jenifer Nunez (VCU '22) has spent three years researching and exploring oral health disparities. Nunez's work as a Commonwealth Scholar within iCubed's Oral Health core helped her identify barriers that Latinx patients face.



"Policing Joy" documentary produced by iCubed scholar

Danielle Apugo, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Education at VCU and iCubed Disrupting Criminalization in Education core member, writes and produces a documentary on hair bias in schools, recently accepted as an official selection of the LA Black Film Festival.



LGBTQIA+ scholars land major homeless reduction grant

Maurice N. Gattis, Ph.D., and M. Alex Wagaman, Ph.D., both associate professors in the School of Social Work and iCubed scholars in the Intersections in the Lives of LGBTQIA+ Communities core at VCU, are awarded a major Virginia Housing Trust Fund Homeless Reduction Grant.



New Grant To Support Alzheimer's Initiative

Faika Zanjani, Ph.D., iCubed scholar and associate professor in the Department of Gerontology at VCU College of Health Professions, serves as principal investigator for the project spearheaded by the VCU Brain Health Collaborative. The project seeks to address health disparities by improving access to care and risk reduction services around Alzheimer’s disease for low-income older adults in the Richmond area.



SFA core member evaluates VCU student food insecurity

Youngmi Kim, Ph.D., associate professor in the VCU School of Social Work and iCubed Sustainable Food Access core member, recently conducted three studies on VCU student food insecurity with an internal grant from the School of Social Work.



iCubed leaders in partnership to confront loneliness

COVID-19 accelerated how the Richmond Health and Wellness Program is reimagining the way care is provided to vulnerable older adults through inclusion, inquiry and innovation.



Dina Garcia one of two nationwide to receive funding for curricula review

Garcia, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine, says findings will inform future diversity, equity and inclusion practices across medical schools.



School of Ed dean, Andrew Daire, to co-chair advisory committee on inclusive education practices

Daire, who is also the chair of the iCubed Urban Education and Health program, will assist in leading the committee charged with making recommendations on culturally relevant and inclusive education practices in Virginia’s public schools.