Celebrating 11 Years at 626 E. Broad Street

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Celebrating 11 Years AT 626 E. BROAD STREET In 2008, the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) and School of Law began envisioning an off-campus space to co-locate community engagement initiatives. While looking for space to rent downtown, a serendipitous conversation between The Wilton Companies president and CEO Rich Johnson, ’73, and founding director of the CCE Dr. Douglas Hicks resulted in the creation of UR Downtown in part of the former Franklin Federal Savings & Loan Association of Richmond building. Vacant since the mid-1990s, the building had recently been purchased by The Wilton Companies. With a generous donation of the rental value of the 5,000 square feet annually for five years, the renovation of the bank began. In 2009, UR Downtown became home to the Harry L. Carrico Center for Pro Bono & Public Service, the Jeanette S. Lipman Family Law Clinic, Partners in the Arts, the Richmond Families Initiative, and a public gallery. In 2012, UR Downtown became a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) site in partnership with the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg to provide free tax assistance for low- to moderate-income families and individuals, opened Richmond on Broad Café to the public, and launched UR Downtown’s Faculty-in-Residence Program. As programming expanded over the years, the heart of UR Downtown remained the dedicated faculty, staff, and students and many community partners and visitors who enlivened the space with their shared commitment to this region. The following numbers and photographs reflect their spirit and honor 11 outstanding years at 626 E. Broad Street.


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UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY EVENTS FROM 2010-20

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2 1 SPCS and A&S students attend a School Board Meeting following dinner and conversation at UR Downtown. 2 Tara Casey speaks at an event celebrating five years of the Carrico Center for Pro Bono & Public Service. 3 The Virginia Conversation Network gathers in the conference room. 4 High school students learn about the University of Richmond and other regional universities at a Partnership for the Future college fair. 5 K-12 teachers attend a Slow Journalism workshop hosted by Partners in the Arts.

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A lot of our people are coming right from the General Assembly, over to UR, and back. It’s very convenient. Chelsea Harnish, chief of operations for the Virginia Conservation Network, an organization that met weekly at UR Downtown

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1 Advocates for Richmond Youth and the will Senior Seminar hosted a drop-in center for youth experiencing homelessness. 2 Bonner Scholars gather for their first-year orientation. 3 Volunteers from the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) and The Broad meet with The Next Move Program students. 4 Students enjoy Richmond on Broad catering at a community dinner. 5 Students visit the Virginia State Capitol.


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PARTNER SITES HOSTED STUDENT INTERNS

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Being a UR Downtown Student Coordinator impacted every aspect of my life at the University of Richmond. I learned so much about Richmond in my role, a perspective that I brought with me into every class and club, and helped me to feel at home here. Joanna Hejl, ’20 1 Johnnette Johnson, ’20, meets Governor Terry McAuliffe at a Virginia Energy Efficiency Council event, which she helped organize. 2 UR Downtown Student Coordinators break for ice cream in Jackson Ward. 3 Joanna Hejl, ’20, who interned at Richmond City Hall in the Office of Councilman Angelasto and volunteered for the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia, speaks at a UR Downtown event.

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2 1 Free Henderson, ’19, interned at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond. 2 Cory Schutter, '19, interned at the Library of Virginia. 3 RVAGOV leaders visit Richmond City Hall. 4 Aidan Sullivan, '15, pictured with UR Downtown's Kim Dean-Anderson, interned at Peter Paul and Voices for Virginia's Children. 5 UR Downtown Student Coordinators tour the neighborhood in 2010.

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EXHIBITIONS BY STUDENTS, FACULTY, ALUMNI, AND PARTNERS 1

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1 Visitors engage with Maping RVA: Where You Live Makes All the Difference. 2 Guests discuss the exhibition Empowering Women: Surviving Domestic & Sexual Violence, a partnership with the YWCA of Richmond. 3 Brian and Erin Hollaway Palmer stand in front of their exhibition All Our Sorrows Heal: Restoring Richmond's East End Cemetery. 4 Fiona Ross and Rosie Compton, '16, created work for the exhibition Interplay. 5 Dr. Nicole Sackley's American Studies Seminar students curated Protest: A Richmond History.


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In college, most of my experience with art has been very academic. It’s not every day that you get to work with the actual art itself. Hayley Harrington, ’12, curator of The Spirit of Virginia: Photographs from the 1939 New York World’s Fair

5 1 Visitors gather at the opening of Civic Engagement Matters. 2 Richmond Justice: Stories & Portraits featured a year-long project produced by Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren. 3 Book Arts Studio interns hang labels they worked on for Hope, Faith, and Courage: Early Civil Rights Leaders in Richmond. 4 Emily Onufer, '17, curated Transportation Today and Tomorrow: Envisioning a Greater Richmond. 5 Diane Gremillion, ’16, curated Look Up: Murals Across Richmond, which featured a mural by professor Heidi Trepanier and her students.


1,935 TAX RETURNS PROCESSED OVER 10 VITA SEASONS

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3 1 UR Downtown became a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site in 2012. 2 Volunteers across the city gather for a celebration after tax season. 3 Steven Abreu, '23, is a UR Downtown Student Coordinator focused on supporting the VITA site.

My experience at VITA sparked something within me to use the knowledge and skills I gain in accounting to help the community. Doing work like this provides more meaning to my accounting degree. Jeffrey Choi, ’19


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UR Downtown has been central to my teaching, research, and service. Nicole Maurantonio, Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Communication Studies and Former Faculty Fellow

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FACULTY FELLOWS

1 Dr. Laura Browder, Tyler and Alice Haynes Professor of American Studies and former Faculty Fellow, works with students in the gallery. 2 Dr. Ladelle McWhorter, Stephanie Bennett-Smith Chair in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, hosted the annual philoSOPHIA Conference at UR Downtown. 3 While serving as UR Downtown’s first Faculty-in-Residence in 2013, Dr. Williamson, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law, co-chaired the City of Richmond’s Maggie L. Walker Initiative for Expanding Opportunity and Fighting Poverty.