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Office of Student Engagement & Community Services
The Office of Student Engagement and Community Services, in keeping with the mission of Virginia Union University, provides opportunities for students to serve the
Richmond Community by collaborating with our 50 community partners to complete numerous service initiatives. Students are placed at service sites based on interest, course of study and availability. These placements help to develop a lifelong passion for service and civic engagement, thereby strengthening community and university relationships. Community partners are selected annually and are invited to participate in Service Fairs where students can engage with community partners, interview, and commit to placements on the spot. We are most proud to announce that VUU’s students completed over 28,000 hours of service during the 2015-2016 academic year! 

Year-End Community Service Student Survey

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Question #1:

Did you participate in community service activities prior to enrolling at VUU?

Yes I participated. I did service at Martha's Table, SOME House, Meals on Wheels, MLK Service Day Events annually, Special Olympics, neighborhood and park cleanups, and many different walks/marathons in my hometown of D.C.

Question #2:

Did you think community service was important prior to becoming involved in the program here at VUU?

Yes, my father and mother always taught me that service was extremely important. I would see people that needed something and just feel that I had to do something for them. Even though I wasn't privileged myself, I just knew that other people in my city were in need of help at all times.

Question #3:

Have your views regarding community service changed since becoming involved in the program?

No, I still feel the same way. I love to do service and help others, and this program has simply helped me continue that work.

Question #4:

Who do you feel benefits most by being involved in community service; the recipient or the volunteer?

I think the recipient benefits the most because they are receiving a service that was desperately needed. Yet, the volunteer receives the amazing satisfaction of helping someone else and seeing their happiness.

Question #5:

How likely are you to continue to participate in community service activities following graduation from VUU?

I am very likely to continue service upon graduation. As stated I truly enjoy doing service. As a college student I feel like I can't do much only as a volunteer, but when I graduate and have more money to spend I will be able to do the big things that I dream of doing for others.

Question #6:

What was your most memorable community service moment this year?

My most memorable moment in service was passing out food to the homeless. Although it didn't count for hours (not a partnership) I wanted to do it for that feeling, and to see how thankful those people were just brought me to tears. They would tell us how no one else cared enough to feed them or bring them things, and I vowed to make it a program of mine next year as Miss Virginia Union.

 Cecilia Thompson

The Office of Student Engagement & Community Services

Ms. Claudia Wall is the Coordinator of Student Engagement and Community Services at Virginia Union University (VUU). As such, she serves as an administrative link between community needs, college resources, university students and faculty. Ms. Wall is a native of Richmond, VA and a graduate of Virginia Union University. She holds a Masters of Education Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a certification in Higher Education Administration from Bryn Mawr College, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Ms. Claudia Wall has more than 20 years of service with VUU, which began in the early 1990's, when she became the director of The Kenan Project; a college Preparatory Program recognized by SACS as an Exemplary Partnership Program. In 1999, Ms. Wall began serving the University as the director for Community Relations and in 2009 she developed the University's formal Community Service Program. Under her leadership and because of the outstanding service rendered by VUU students; the University was named four years in a row to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by The White House and the United States Department of Education. This award is the highest federal award that can be bestowed upon a College or University. In 2012, Ms. Wall represented VUU nationally, when she was invited to serve as a panelist at a White House conference on Building Effective Higher Education Community Service Programs.

She is committed to fostering a campus environment conducive for engagement through course-based service learning, community partnerships, and volunteer opportunities. VUU’s service-learning projects are designed to be integrated into the life of students and responds to the needs of the community in keeping with the mission of the University. 

Email: cewall@vuu.edu                Phone: (804) 257-5789                Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30a.m.-4:30p.m.