Student Life Annual Fall Leadership Retreat

Check out the photos from Student Life’s annual Fall Leadership Retreat. Students were able to network with like-minded leaders, dive deeper into their particular leadership style, participate in problem solving sessions, take part in a privilege walk, and push the limits on a ropes course adventure! What a weekend.

To get more involved in Student Life leadership opportunities, join the Virtual Student Union today!


Think Piece: Drop the I-Word

It’s Ally Week for Student Life Online!

What does that mean? This week we are focusing our energy on the importance of being an ally towards those who experience discrimination. OPSEU describes,

“An ally is someone who whose personal commitment to fighting oppression and
prejudice is reflected in willingness to:
1. Educate oneself about different identities and experiences,
2. Challenge one’s own discomfort and prejudices,
3. Learn and practice the skills of being an ally,
4. Take action to create interpersonal, societal and institutional change.”

Drop the I-Word

In this post we share a think piece about the effects of using the word, “illegal” to describe undocumented immigrants.

Article Written by Race Forward 

Drop The I-Word

Race Forward’s Drop the I-Word campaign is part of a larger body of work dedicated to ending the mass criminalization of communities of color. To learn more visit

Immigrant and refugee rights are increasingly under attack by U.S. institutions, while racially derogatory and dehumanizing language used in the media and political discourse has paved the way for a rise in hate crimes against immigrants. We need to strongly reject efforts to criminalize immigrants hold our media accountable for dropping the i-word.

Looking Back: Race Forward’s Drop the I-Word Campaign

Why It Matters Now

  • Anti-immigrant harassment accounted for 32% of of the 867 hate incidents collected by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Which Outlets Have Dropped the I-Word?

Race Forward looked at how often the i-word has been used in immigrant-focused coverage by The New York TimesThe Washington PostUSA Today, and The Associated Press since 2013. We learned:

  • Since officially dropping the i-word in 2013, The Associated Press has consistently been the best performer of these four major national outlets.
  • While The Washington Post has steadily improved its coverage each year, it has also consistently been the worst offender of the four outlets studied.
  • Although The New York Times never officially pledged to drop the i-word, it has the second best record of the four outlets studies. However, some of the publication’s leading immigration reporters continue to use the term.

(see our full findings here)

And the i-word continues to be used with great frequency on the leading cable TV news networks. According to a Media Matters for America studyin the first half of 2017 the anti-immigrant slur was used on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News prime-time shows a total of 1,296 times.

  • MSNBC hosts and contributors used the i-word 87 times.
  • CNN hosts and contributors used it 102 times.
  • Fox News hosts and contributors used it 1,107 times, making the network the worst offender of all three networks by far.
  • and when the slur was used, it was rarely challenged by hosts and contributors.

Drop the I-Word Resources:

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Get In a Transfer State-of-Mind

Get In a Transfer State-of-Mind

Did you know that four-year colleges visit the NOVA campuses throughout the fall and spring semesters? You can view scheduled visits at; search “Transfer”. The fall semester is also a popular time for transfer fairs in which one can “explore” over 60 colleges in one day. Several are occurring later this month on various NOVA campuses. View upcoming dates at

Whether or not you can attend a transfer event at NOVA, you should plan a visit to the college(s) you are interested in. Most colleges offer campus tours, appointments with transfer admission representatives, information sessions, and open houses throughout the year. Though, you can obtain a lot of information at a NOVA transfer event, as well as from a college’s website; it is not the same as actually visiting the campus to determine if the college is going to be a good fit for you.

If you are planning to transfer to an online college, taking a web tour is a good idea. Check out the academic department webpage for your major, view the curriculum, read the faculty bios, etc. Many online colleges offer virtual information sessions, program-specific virtual events and information, and online admission support.

For more on transfer planning, visit NOVA’s transfer webpage and/or attend a transfer planning webinar this month:

  • October 9, 2019 3:00-4:00pm EDT
  • October 16, 2019 12:00-1:00pm EDT

Go to to join the webinar or to request a recording.


Written by Kim Burkle; NOVA Online Counselor/Assistant Professor

VCU School of Education Shadow A Student Day

School of Education Shadow A Student Day:
October 4 and October 25
Shadow a VCU Student Day with the School of Education allows prospective students the opportunity to spend time exploring the VCU campus and making connections with SOE faculty, staff and current students.

The day will consist of students attending a class and family and friends having the opportunity to connect with key partners, such as Financial Aid, Housing, Career Services and RTR. The attendees will then have the opportunity to connect with current students and faculty by taking part in a panel discussion during which they can ask questions and ask for suggestions/advice. This is a great way for prospective students and their families and friends to be introduced to the opportunities that VCU and the School of Education have to offer!


This Week @ NOVA Online – October 7, 2019

This Week @ NOVA– October 7, 2019
Your weekly source for information on NOVA Online Student Life! Check your VCCS student email for a full list of events from every campus! 

(Event dates are from October 7 – October 11, 2019)

*Tuesday – October Feature Film – Moonlight. A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him. Watch and discuss this feature film in VSU during the month of October. 

*Tuesday – October Book Club Registration Begins –  This month we are reading, “Something Wicked This Way Comes” By Ray Bradbury. A 1962 dark fantasy novel about two 13-year-old best friends, Jim Nightshade and William Halloway, and their nightmarish experience with a traveling carnival that comes to their Midwestern town one October. Register HERE! 

*Friday – Webinar: Improve Your Concentration & Memory. 12pm-1pm. Learn about strategies that can help you to minimize distractions, stay on task longer, and maximize your memory recall. Register at least 24 hours in advance. 

*Friday – Webinar: BIO/NAS Medical Research. 3pm-3:30pm. In this 20-minute webinar, you’ll learn how to get started with your research for BIO 141/142 or NAS 150. Register Here. 


* Alcohol & Marijuana Wise Online Training – FREE! Develop protective behaviors for substance use and learn about alternative care methods. 25 Lucky participants in the program will be selected to receive a Rocket Book!! Sign up here 

* Diversity Edu FREE Online Training –  DiversityEdu is an online diversity & inclusion training course that seeks to teach students skills in addressing unconscious biases and stereotypical thinking. Register Here

GovCon Internship Fair and Security Clearance Program 10/23

Career Building Opportunity!

Join the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce GovCon
Committee, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and
Loudoun County Department of Economic Development for the
inaugural GovCon Internship Fair and Security Clearance Program.
Government Contractors will connect with NOVA students
interested in internships, career opportunities and discover the
importance of security clearances.

The event is open to NOVA students from various programs and
disciplines, to include service members and veterans.

Attend the National Writing Day Panel Discussion

National Writing Day Panel Discussion

October 18th, 11am – 1pm
NOVA Annandale Campus – CE Forum

Hear from industry professionals on how they utilize writing in their career and every day life!

Panel members include: 

  • Josh White: Editor of the America Desk at the Washington Post
  • Christy Wallover: Newseum Exhibit Writer
  • Andrea Jones: Public Engagement Lead at NASA, Member of NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI)

Student Lingo Online Workshop: Boost Your Time Management

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Student Lingo Online Workshop: Boost Your Time Management

Promote your academic and professional skills by taking advantage of our free Student Lingo Online Workshops!  Student Lingo is a series of interactive on-demand video workshops, action plans, and valuable resources, offered by NOVA Online.  All of the free online workshops focus on promoting your academic skills, personal and professional development.

If you have struggles balancing work, school and personal responsibilities, start with the Time Management: Strategies for Success workshop. Meeting deadlines and completing tasks in the required time frame is a critical part of college, career, life and more.  As an online student you must be self-directed and able to plan your study time to be successful and meet course deadlines. The Time Management will help you:

  • Improve attention, motivation and study habits, as you learn tips and approaches that will help you take control of your time and study routine
  • Examine how distractions impact the quality and quantity of your work
  • Evaluate your circadian rhythm and develop a schedule that will work for you.
  • Allow you to apply the strategies to your personal life as well as to your academics. As one NOVA Online student shared, “This workshop has helped me want to do better and really tap into my biological clock.”
  • Analyze your weekly schedule, review the ‘888 Formula’, and examine best practices to balance your hectic life
  • Learn to set daily concrete goals and break down assignments into small manageable daily tasks
  • Discover 10 pro-active study tips

With knowledge gleaned from Student Lingo Workshops, you will be well on your way to a successful, well organized semester!  Need help with time management, contact a NOVA Online Success Coach,