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In VCU’s journey to preserve and restore health and well-being for all and uphold our inherent values of diversity, inclusion and equity, our mission calls on us to address very real issues such as law enforcement’s interactions with ethnic, racial, gender and sexual minority communities, in particular those intersecting with African American communities.

To this end, VCU will transition its public safety model from policing our community to equitably and more holistically fostering the safety and well-being of every individual on our campuses. Through a series of targeted reforms and community involvement, VCU is forging a new transformational model for campus safety and wellness with the goal of addressing and promoting health equity. As a start, our new model will include the creation of a safety and well-being advisory committee.


The safety and well-being advisory committee is charged with defining and instituting the components of a new transformational model for public safety and wellness across VCU, while leveraging a transdisciplinary approach, to better meet the safety and wellness needs of the VCU community. This committee will operate within a purview independent of VCU Police.

Committee leadership

Co-Chair Andrew P. Daire, Ph.D. - Dean School of Education, VCU 

Co-Chair Sheryl Garland - Chief of Health Impact, VCU Health System

Share your feedback

VCU will seek new ways to listen and provide new platforms for community members to share their experiences and advice with both VCU Police and our advisory committee. In the meantime, you can share your thoughts regarding VCU's new model for campus safety and well-being using this form.

Next steps

Your ideas and feedback will help us build this new model together. We seek dedicated candidates who feel compelled to lend us their expertise and are willing to commit to serving as a member from September 2020 to May 2021. If you have recommendations regarding individuals who may be interested in joining us in our charge, please refer these individuals to complete the online nomination form by September 4, 2020. Committee members will be selected from submitted nominations.

For questions regarding the committee, email us at