Ongoing Courses

IExcel courses are always available upon request. Please email to request a course for a class or group. Look below for currently scheduled or upcoming courses. Click the title to tell us you're interested.

Engaged Citizenship Series

Active Citizens Toolkit | Enroll into the course
The Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success (IES) in collaboration with the Center for Community Engagement and Impact is developing a series of IExcel eLearning courses on Engaged Citizenship. The first course in this series is called the Active Citizen's Toolkit. Enroll into the course.

Inside this toolkit you'll find a variety of resources to prepare you for an active role in your community. You'll find different ways to engage and use your voice in methods such as volunteering, voting, and protesting. You'll find there is an activity for every student to get involved when you are informed on an issue.

Fall 2020

Whose Lives Matter: Life Expectancy Across Richmond SC0733 

Dates: Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 26, 2020
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
Instructors: J. Countryman and C. Johnson

This 3-session IExcel Pop-up course is designed to explore concepts related to life expectancy across Richmond, VA with a focus on African Americans living in the East End. Participants will learn about social determinants of health and how bias and systemic racism contribute to inequities, highlighting local issues and resources. Viewing the course as a narrative we are developing, instructors and students will work together to create a safe, inclusive learning space, using storytelling and the sharing of focused case studies to scaffold our learning. One of the three classes will include guest speakers, Ethlyn Gibson, Ph.D. (former iCubed faculty), Associate Professor from Hampton University and Richmond radio host, Clovia Lawrence, KISS Radio 105.7. NOTE: Some IExcel courses are being conducted via Zoom this fall, as necessary for physical distancing.


I'm Coming Out! SC1051

Dates:Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 26, 2020
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Instructors: Coston

Session I: Visibility as Politics
Explores the historical origins of visibility as a critical component of the gay rights movement and of LGBTQ+ social life.

Session II: Visibility and Embodiment
What does it mean to embody queer and trans identities? How and why do individuals do so?

Session III: Visibility in Social Spaces
How do LGBTQ+ people navigate visibility in different social spaces? How and why some spaces are considered "safe" while others are deemed "risky"?

IExcel courses are being conducted via Zoom this fall, as necessary for physical distancing.

Hidden Voices: The Women of Black Lives Matter SC1126

Dates: TBD (3 consecutive Friday afternoons)
Time: Fridays 2 to 3:30PM
Instructor: D. Johnson
Badge credit: not available at this time (what's this?)

As we embark on a journey to foster a university atmosphere of diversity and inclusion, it is important to understand and champion the activism of those whose marginalized voices continue to be unrecognized and unheard. As such, this course will examine the work of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and critique the patriarchal erasure of the black women’s efforts and voices – those that spearheaded the movement as well as the marginalized victims of the dehumanization that have been deleted from the movement – the black women, queer, trans, and disabled persons whose stories remain untold.

IExcel courses are being conducted via Zoom this fall, as necessary for physical distancing.

Sounds of Discord SC0125

Dates: TBD (3 consecutive Friday afternoons)
Time: Fridays 3:30 to 5PM
Instructor: D. Johnson
Badge credit: not available at this time (what's this?)

Protest Music has long been associated with providing a voice during adversity and a platform for activism. “The Sounds of Discord” is an interdisciplinary pop-up course that enables students to historically explore the protest music that has shaped our society from the 60’s to today. In each session, we will analyze the lyrics of protest music, while also examining and paralleling the historical backdrop. We explore both the cacophonous and harmonizing sounds of protest. Creating protest music is a long standing tradition. As long as people have been getting frustrated with the status quo, “musicians” have been singing about it. These songs are most often written to underscore a movement for cultural or political change and to mobilize supporters into action.

#Hashtag Activism: The Intersection Between the Internet and Social Action SC1155

Dates: TBD
Time: TBD
Instructor: TBD
Badge credit: not available at this time (what's this?)

“#Hashtag Activism” is an interdisciplinary and intersectional course that enables students to examine the impact and power of social media platforms as it pertains to activism, advocacy, and engagement. People and organizations are using social media to spread ideas and gain support for their causes at outstanding levels. Some of the recent memorable moments have been #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, and #WomensMarch. In many ways, activism has evolved from the physical march or protest to online advocacy using social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook while using a hashtag. The hashtag phenomena has been used to organize and mobilize protest efforts, to share stories, to connect the communities, and potentially to drive change. This course will examine and critique the #Hashtag Activism movement by looking closely at key campaigns and examine the impact of activism that takes place in the realm of social media.


Spring 2020

View From Here: Disrupting Disability SC0247
Dates: Feb. 25, March 3 and March 17, 2020 (this is a change)
Time: 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Instructors: D. Yarbrough, J. Brandt and A. West

Note that the last session for this course has been postponed until March 17. It was originally scheduled for March 10. Disrupting disability is about the conversations that people with lived experience of disabilities continue to have despite the disability civil rights movement.  How do people with disabilities (famous and not) live successful lives despite continued segregation and stigma?  Through three 90-minute experiential classes taught by people with lived experience of disability, students in this course will gain a greater understanding of 1) how to disrupt disability ableism, 2) challenges to inclusion and access to the community that is vital to belonging, and 3) ways to positively influence equal opportunities for people with disabilities in the future. 

View From Here (Dis)ability, Inclusion and Access SC0241
Dates: March 27, April 3 and April 10, 2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19
Time: 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Instructors: S. De Arment and M. Mehtaji

This pop-up course is designed to support participants’ developing understanding of (dis)ability through discussion, video, readings, personal reflection, and interaction with people with disabilities. In addition, instructors will model inclusive practices and principles that enable access across environments and experiences for the widest range of people. Each of three course sessions will take place in different locations near VCU to help immerse participants in community settings that are inclusive of people of all abilities. Participants will be encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch for Sessions 1 and 2, and provided with the option of purchasing lunch at the restaurant location selected for Session 3.