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Community Engagement Related COVID-19 Updates

The University of Richmond has announced plans to protect the health and well-being of our multiple communities in response to COVID-19. The University will move to remote learning for the remainder of the spring semester, shift to remote work for employees to the greatest extent possible, and celebrate the Class of 2020 Commencement at a later date this year.

The CCE encourages faculty, partners, and students to consider ways they might continue to collaborate remotely, and we will work diligently to support those alternatives.

How can I help the Richmond community in this difficult time?

We know many of you are eager to help in any way that you can even as you practice social distancing. As we learn of opportunities to support our community, we will post them here. If you have a need that you'd like to share, please e-mail

Can students volunteer remotely, if permitted by the organization? 

Students may continue to support community needs in this moment. Opportunities to volunteer remotely will be posted on SpidersEngage and highlighted through our Spiders in the City newsletter. 

How should faculty proceed with their community-based learning classes?

Faculty are being supported through the Faculty Hub to adapt their courses for online learning. In addition, faculty can consult this brief guide and contact Terry Dolson (, Derek Miller (, and Brittany Jezouit ( for support with rethinking their community-based activities. Faculty can communicate with others about ideas through the Slack channel “#experiential-learning” on the Faculty Hub's remote teaching Slack workspace.

Transportation booked by the CCE for study trips has been canceled. If you have a community guest speaker in your class who is now joining via Zoom or an asynchronous presentation, the CCE will still offer an honoraria payment our standard compensation rates. 

We've been inspired by the creativity, compassion, and quick thinking of faculty who have pivoted their classed to online learning while finding new ways to approach the community-based learning component of their class. Here are just a few examples we've seen: 

  • Dr. Karina Vazquez's Spanish in the Community class includes a weekly volunteer commitment with a local nonprofit. Some of the students are continuing their volunteer projects remotely, and are assisting their nonprofit partners with new needs, such as translating new Covid-19 related website content from English to Spanish. 
  • Dr. Omar Quintero's Mechanochemical Cell Biology class was working on a collaborative project with a local 5th-grade class; he is planning to continue this engagement by reaching out to families with elementary-school-age children in his neighborhood, with the goal of connecting them with his students via Zoom for virtual science lessons. 
  • Dr. Drew Baker's graduate students in Tech-Enhanced 21st Century Teaching and Learning have been studying student-centered learning and ed-tech all semester; they have offered to put those skills into practice by creating lesson plans for K-12 educators as part of a class assignment. 
Will the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site at UR Downtown remain open?

All Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) dates on campus and at UR Downtown have been cancelled.

We are working diligently with the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg to explore remote opportunities for VITA and will post updates here.

Will students still be able to receive their stipends for Bonner service?

Bonner Scholars will be paid for Cycle 5 and updates for Cycle 6 are forthcoming.

What are some local educational resources available for parents and teachers?

Here's a list of online educational resources in the Richmond area, compiled by Angela Leeper and Dianna Barron in collaboration with the Faculty Hub



Chesterfield County Public Library – Stream & download audiobooks, eBooks, music, videos, and magazines Call the branch closest to you if you would like to get a library card.

City of Richmond Public Library – Online services include eBooks, music, comics, movies, magazines, and online learning. Apply online for eCard:

Henrico County Public Library – Visit the library remotely for audiobooks, digital access to magazines and newspapers online, and more.

Online User Registration:

The Library of Virginia’s online classroom - Visit the Library of Virginia’s Document Bank of Virginia to browse primary sources, making history relevant. Visit Encyclopedia Virginia (In partnership with Library of Virginia) for podcasts, virtual tours, and more.

Pamunkey Regional Library (Hanover County’s Public Library) has a digital library. Access eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, comics, and magazines. Online User Registration:



The Latin Ballet of Virginia – learn about Latin American culture and dance.

Richmond Performing Arts Alliance's "Tools for Learning" - videos, study guides, and more.

University of Richmond Modlin Center has an ever-growing list of organizations offering free online visual and performing arts experiences -

Virginia Repertory Theatre – Online study guides related to plays performed at the REP -



Agecroft Hall & Gardens has an “Ask the Past" Blog -

Henricus Historical Park has educational presentations -

Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site: Use the Maggie L. Walker NHA website and the Virtual Tours and Exhibits to complete the activities and earn a Junior Ranger badge.

Maymont’s blog has a new Virtual Learning Series:



The American Civil War Museum has a new addition to its website and virtual tours are coming soon -

Ashland Museum: Explore online and learn the history of Ashland, VA -

The Children’s Museum of Richmond’s blog offers online story times, art projects, and activities, as well as resources for parents & caregivers:

The Edgar Allan Poe Museum has resources for students and educators -

Science Museum of Virginia’s blog of Experimental Musings on a variety of topics - Their YouTube channel has a library of videos:

University of Richmond Museums: Visit K-12 Educational Resources on the index to find Teacher Resources:

The Valentine Museum has online exhibitions -

The Virginia Holocaust Museum has online resources for students and teachers -

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Online Resource Center -

Virginia Museum of History & Culture has a variety of activities for all ages, virtual tours, webinars, and videos -



Richmond Family Magazine online has an Education page as well as a link to the VPM Resource Page (Virginia’s home for Public Media) at