Groups & organizations engaged in racial and social justice efforts

Black Lives Matter Student-Faculty-Alumni Collective

Known informally as the BLM Collective, the organization was founded in the aftermath of the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. 

Richmond [Re]Visited

A marker denotes the site of the Richmond Slave Trail.

A marker for what was once the Richmond Slave Trail in the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood, part of the history explored in the first Richmond [Re]Visited event in 2015.


Richmond [Re]Visited is a signature BLM Collective event, exploring Richmond’s history and providing context for issues affecting social workers and community members. 

Association of Black Social Workers at VCU

The Association of Black Social Workers at VCU works to empower people of African ancestry through advocacy, human services and research. ABSW sponsors a variety of educational forums and activities that address social issues and concerns of the Black community and works to develop an in-depth understanding of areas of interest, enhance leadership skills and establish a networking support system. Learn more about this student-led organization on the ABSW Facebook page.

Cultural Awareness Day

Keynote speaker Dr. King Davis and ABSW students at Cultural Awareness Day.

At left, King Davis, Ph.D., a former social work faculty member and former commissioner of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health, was guest speaker at the 2018 Cultural Awareness Day.


Begun in 2016 by the school’s ABSW, Cultural Awareness Day is an opportunity to share and explore ideas and build skills around multiculturalism and cultural competence that social workers need to work with diverse populations. Social work faculty, students and alumni regularly make presentations at CAD.

Past events have included the screening of the film Intelligent Lives, and speakers such as Altaf Husain, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the Howard University School of Social Work; King Davis, Ph.D., a research professor at the University of Texas’ School of Information and formerly a VCU School of Social work faculty member and commissioner of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health; and Lauren C. Mims, Ph.D., an assistant professor and educational psychologist at Ball State University. 

The ABSW at VCU is also affiliated with the Richmond Association of Black Social Workers and the National Association of Black Social Workers

Queer and Trans Social Workers at VCU

The Queer & Trans Social Workers group provides a safe space for LGBTQIA+ and allied social workers to collaborate and engage in advocacy efforts. The organization also promotes awareness of LGBTQIA+ topics within the VCU social work community through curricula building, education and social events and open to anyone who identifies with the queer community in any way and their allies. Learn more about this student-led organization on the QTSW Facebook page.