We love that the University of Richmond is a place that creates opportunity and embraces progress, continually taking steps to become a better version of itself—even when that requires frank self-assessment. That was once again evident during this year’s Homecoming, as we recognized the 50th anniversary of the first African American graduates’ arrival on campus and held an honest conversation about their experiences and those who have followed.  

The inspiring event culminated in President Crutcher announcing the formation of the Presidential Commission on Institutional History and Identity. The Commission will explore how our history is recorded, preserved, and made accessible; re-examine our history to identify people and narratives that were previously excluded; and recommend ways to acknowledge and communicate our history inclusively. It will be led by President Emeritus Ed Ayers and Lauranett Lee, a visiting lecturer at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies.

“We should step forward together with immense optimism and deep faith in this academic community of ours,” Crutcher said at the event. “Because of who we are, we have a real opportunity to be an exemplar nationally of what an inclusive intercultural learning community ought to be.”

We’re proud that our campus is continually striving to evolve — not by ignoring our past, but by learning from it. 

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