Relevant Experiential and Applied Learning (REAL)

VCU’s Relevant Experiential and Applied Learning (REAL) initiative provides students with impactful, career-building experiences through academically-anchored, co-curricular activities.

These activities, built into the undergraduate curriculum, revolve around four main themes, designed to help students turn their experiences in the classroom into action and service. These themes are:

  • Serve: activities that incorporate community engagement and service opportunities
  • Discover: activities that closely unite academic goals with a sense of inquiry and exploration
  • Create: activities that encourage innovative, critical thinking as well as collaboration with other disciplines
  • Career: activities that tie student academic goals to authentic, real-world work happening in the field

View the REAL informational flyer »

Read the REAL steering committee's full report »

AVP for REAL Programs search committee

The search committee for the Assistant/Associate Vice Provost for REAL Programs is made up of:

  • Herb Hill, chair, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Alan Dow, Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences
  • Sarah Golding, Department of Biology
  • Demetria James, Strategic Enrollment Management
  • Somiah Lattimore, da Vinci Center
  • Lynn Pelco, Community Engagement