This is a top-notch organization with an incredible understanding of inclusion. Personally, I am a different person because of my exposure to the VCIC's programming and employees. I celebrate individuality, and I no longer overlook differences - I embrace them. I've seen this program figuratively and literally change lives of the students who participate and I strongly believe that this is the way to change the world.
I have contacted and collorabated with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities for over 3 years now. Because of their readiness to help communities our locality has been able to experience their expertise in the field of Inclusion. They are on "the cutting edge" of social research and experts at implementing that research in diverse settings. Looking forward to more work with VCIC to ease the atmosphere of bigotry rising up in our country.
I first connected with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) 3 years ago to inquire about their programming for high school students and how the Roanoke Valley of VA could participate with them Since then they have held trainings and meeting for and with us and collaborated with our local group to Promote Inclusion. In addition I have had the unique experience of serving on their staff for the summer residential camp program for high school youth. Knowledge, experience and professionalism characterize the VCIC staff and the programs they deliver all with a spirit of collaboration.
It is a real pleasure to once again be a part of the VCIC Connections Institute staff. Each year, I travel from New Jersey to volunteer my time as I believe very strongly in the mission of the organization and am confident the program has an impact on the participants.
I have been able to work alongside the folks at VCIC for a number of years. The programming provided embraces diversity in all its forms and challenges participants to look inside and empowers them to make a positive in their community.
In January 2012, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities launched a major campaign to inform citizens of Central Virginia about the latest trends in poverty, the history that led to concentrated poverty, and the public policy interventions needed to address poverty. I provided all of the data, historical context, and policy recommendations. The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, however, developed a DVD with this information and then helped to train forty facilitators to lead discussions about the information. Thanks to their excellent work, over sixty organizations including faith communities, civic organizations, public agencies, and business associations have seen the DVD and been engaged in conversations about poverty and what metropolitan Richmond must do to address this crisis. The Virginia Center is an exemplary organization with superb leadership and a record of outstanding work in the field of social justice. (John V. Moeser, Senior Fellow, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, University of Richmond)