University Student Commons and Activities

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The mission of the VCU University Student Commons and Activities is to enhance the VCU community through facilities, programs, and services that support the holistic development of students, foster interpersonal and community relationships, and expand the ways students engage the world.


The vision of VCU Student Commons and Activities is to be among the nation’s premier university commons in facilities, programs, student development, and civic engagement. The Commons is student-centered and seeks to attain standards of excellence in all areas of services and engagement.


Respect: We respect each other, we are inclusive, we value the individual as well as the group and we work to embrace diversity and foster a sense of responsibility.

Discovery: We believe learning should occur in all spaces across the university and provide services and programs that encourage creative expression of the individual’s exploration of self and educational potential.

Responsibility: We are stewards of financial, natural and physical resources and work to ensure those resources are used for the betterment of the students we serve.

Excellence: We strive to be among the premier university commons and set expectations and standards that reflect our commitment to students, the university and community. We assess our programs and services so we are prepared to meet the ever-changing needs of the campus community.


  1. Provide safe, accessible, and inviting student-focused facilities and activities that support and enhance students’ experiences at VCU.
  2. Provide opportunities for students to engage and lead as local, national, and global citizens.
  3. Provide opportunities for professional and personal staff development to enhance the service delivery provided through and by the University Student Commons & Activities.


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