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Join us as we recognize and celebrate the impact that Black students, faculty, and alumni have had on Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus.  Historically, the contributions of Black persons have failed to be properly acknowledged within underrepresented academic spaces. We aim to celebrate those individuals who have enriched our campus and potentially re-energize a deeply-rooted momentum within VCU’s Black Community.

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Hello, my name is Alexis Green. I am a junior at VCU majoring in Homeland Security and minoring in Political Science. I have grown up as the product of two military veterans. I aspire to one day work for a government agency in order to continue the fight against terrorism towards the United States. I want to assist in making this country safer for its citizens. Black Excellence to me is being one of the two black women in your class and excelling on all levels.  Black Excellence is ignoring all negative stereotypes that come with being black and being great.  When the black community can come together and uplift each other that is Black Excellence!

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 My name is Darrian Thomas and I was born in North Carolina, but raised in RVA.  I am currently a Junior at Virginia Commonwealth University with a major in Social Work. I am a member of the Theta Rho chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and I am the current President of Lifeline Student Ministry.  My goal is to graduate with my Social Work degree and to pursue my Masters in it as well so that I may go on to be Licences Clinical Social Worker. My main reason for why I want to go into Social Work is because  I am very passionate about people and am an advocate for quality of life for all.

   What Black Excellence means to me is the unity and celebration of the growth and success of all black people of the past, the present and future.  It is also the continuous accomplishment of breaking down barriers with creativity, education and love.