Six musicians from Colombia, all in their early twenties, are in the middle of a two-week stay in Richmond and are scheduled to perform several times at University of Richmond. These musicians are associated with the Knocking on Doors to Open Futures Foundation, which focuses on community development through music in Cartagena, Colombia.
Robert Agaba, who will graduate from University of Richmond this May with a degree in international studies, describes himself as a "gregarious, talkative guy." Other students have said they enjoyed his endearing stories about his wife and 7-month-old daughter. But underneath Agaba's cheerful outlook are personal memories of a genocide that shook the world just two decades ago.
Instead of traveling for spring break, nine University of Richmond students chose to stay in Richmond to participate in a justice program sponsored by Common Ground, the university's diversity initiative office. This program allowed students to engage in conversations about food with knowledgeable Richmond faculty, practice healthy food preparation methods by cooking together at the kitchen in the Web and work with nonprofit organizations to serve lower-income communities throughout the city.
Outside the office of Amy Treonis in the Gottwald Science Center, lettuce, broccoli, onions and other seedlings are preparing for their ultimate transfer to outdoor soil.
After Destiny LeVere, sophomore and vice president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.'s chapter at University of Richmond, noticed the frequency of racist interactions among students at Richmond, she came up with the idea for an open discussion, which her sorority hosted. "Race at Richmond," a timely conversation just before the end of Black History Month, allowed students to talk about issues of race and racism on Richmond's campus Feb.
Although there have been rumors that University of Richmond might be inaccurately classified as a liberal arts institution based on its percentage of undergraduate business students, the current statistics show that it still fits the qualifications of a liberal arts college. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has listed Richmond as a liberal arts college since 2004.
Anthony Seeger, nephew of the American folk musician and activist Pete Seeger, spoke about the ways music sparks social change at Camp Concert Hall Feb.
University of Richmond was not immune to the national trend of college students setting up "confessions" Facebook pages for their schools, which has become popular in the past few years.
Long Nguyen, a senior, didn't just study abroad--he spent the fall of his final university year engaging in illegal activity in Vietnam. That illegal activity was speaking with people about Christianity without registering to do so, which was complemented by his work to stop human trafficking. Nguyen spent his days in Vietnam teaching English and Bible classes for adults, he said.