An innovative resource for engaging and educating, UR Downtown enables all academic departments, offices, and programs of the University of Richmond to connect with the Greater Richmond community. From January through May 2016, 150 University and community-sponsored events were held at UR Downtown. This e-newsletter features UR Downtown program and event highlights from the spring semester, as well as upcoming summer events. Thank you for your continued interest in and support of UR Downtown.
UR Downtown E-NewsletterSummer 2016
Spring 2016 in Review
Tax in Action
Accounting students build connections at UR Downtown’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Site (VITA) site.
Greetings from Richmond
Greetings from Richmond, Virginia tells the story of Richmond through the eyes of visitors like Sidney Poitier, Gertrude Stein, and Bruce Springsteen. The exhibition, curated by Nicole Sackley's American Studies Capstone Seminar, runs through the end of the summer at UR Downtown.
Head Downtown Ambassadors
Colleen Egan, '17,and Miriam McBride, '17, lead efforts to connect University students to experiences downtown.
Regina Cavada, '16
San Diego native Regina Cavada, ’16, came to UR to explore the world, and ended up discovering the city of Richmond.
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- Tara Casey, director of the Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service, recently taught University of Richmond School of Law's inaugural poverty law course over spring break in our gallery, where students also enjoyed hearing from guest speakers like Rachael Deane, L'10, an attorney at Legal Aid Justice Center: "Attorneys are uniquely suited to help out when someone’s housing, health care, education, or employment is on the line. It’s also important for lawyers to think about how our justice system perpetuates poverty and to lead efforts to address poverty on a systemic level."
- Thank you to our friends at Richmond Justice for such a powerful gallery talk.
- Happy first day of spring! We're excited for the tulips to bloom on campus and downtown!
- "The prospects for regionalism may be higher than any other time since I moved to Richmond in 1970,” says John Moeser, a senior fellow at University of Richmond-Bonner Center for Civic Engagement and professor emeritus of urban studies and planning at Virginia Commonwealth University. “The new county managers and some of the newly elected officials talk about the importance of cooperation."
- We're honored to be hosting the Virginia Association of Economists's annual meeting today and tomorrow. For more information about our spaces and how you can reserve them, visit http://downtown.richmond.edu/space/index.html.
- "I’m going to work day in and day out to close the door on the cycle of poverty and recidivism." https://www.richmondjustice.org/levar Richmond Justice includes the stories and portraits of 52 individuals, including our Mayor Levar Stoney. We hope you'll join us tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. for a TAKE 30 talk on the exhibition and a discussion around next steps for our city.
- Don't miss the opportunity to see our Richmond Justice exhibition before it comes down and hear from co-directors Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren this Thursday! TAKE 30: Richmond Justice kicks off at 12:30 p.m. If you're coming from campus, catch the 12:00 shuttle from Tyler Haynes Commons and grad a sandwich or salad at Richmond on Broad Café before the talk.
- TAKE 30 is a 30-minute lunchtime discussion series, led by University of Richmond professors and community leaders, to consider questions important for our region today. On Thursday, March 16 from 12:30 to 1 p.m., join us for a discussion on 'Richmond Justice: Stories & Portraits' with Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren of Field Studio. Each TAKE 30 is free and open to the public. Bring your lunch or pick up a sandwich at Richmond on Broad Cafe next door before or after the event.
- "I wish there were more people out here who believe in second chances." https://www.richmondjustice.org/carlos Carlos is one of 52 incredible Richmond Justice stories and portraits currently on view in our gallery. Take a moment today to read more about his journey, and we hope you’ll join us for a TAKE 30 talk with Richmond Justice co-directors Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren next Thursday, March 16 at 12:30 p.m.
- We're so proud of our student coordinator Alicia Jiggetts, '19! Check out this great story about her work downtown.
- CCE March Madness is here! LIKE University of Richmond-Bonner Center for Civic Engagement on Facebook, COMMENT on the original post with your answer, and be entered to WIN this beautiful framed poster!
- It's blustery out here on the new T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge! Another great team excursion to kick off Spring Break 💙❤️💙
- The Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service's Law Over Lunch events always fill up fast. Registration is now open for the next program here on March 27!
- #tbt to Broad Street in 1969! Can you spot our building? Then, it was the headquarters of the Franklin Federal Savings & Loan Association of Richmond. Photo courtesy of VCU Libraries
- Let's paint the town red and blue on March 14! If you're downtown, stop by to show us your #SpiderPride and enjoy breakfast or lunch at Richmond on Broad Café!
- Meet our staff! Ebony Kirkland is an integral part of our team, managing space requests and operations. In the community, Ebony is on the Board of the Virginia Anti-Violence Project. Why do you engage? I engage because it's what we should all do. We all have to take care of our communities and those within it. There are so many issues that we face today and the only way that we can accomplish goals and combat negativity is to be active and make an impact. What’s your favorite downtown restaurant? Big Herm's Kitchen!
- Another month, another RVA First Fridays night! Rather than hosting an event in our space this Friday, we'll be catching an RVA Trolley down Broad Street to 1708 Gallery to see their new exhibition. Then, we know you'll want to stay downtown to explore all of the other amazing galleries. Register now to join us!
- Happy Friday! Treat yourself at Richmond on Broad Café!
- We’re sharing information about the University of Richmond and UR Downtown at the Thomas Jefferson High School Career Fair today. Looking forward to meeting some future Spiders and talking about the many ways the students can learn and work with us! #SpiderPride
- Gearing up for the Richmond School Board meeting! #RVAGOV #SpidersEngage
Upcoming Summer Events
There are no events currently scheduled.
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