VCU: A Public University, A Public Good

VCU: A Public University, A Public Good


I’m becoming more and more of an
adult, thinking on my own two feet in a way because I used to be really shy back
in high school. Doing all these music related things and
getting involved in music has unlocked parts of my brain
and just has opened me up. You just should not have a preconceived notion
about what these kids can accomplish, or what they’re going to be like, or how
they’re going to react to things. Treat them like you treat any human being.
Tyler’s experiences at VCU illustrate the impact of college on his ability to
grow, which ultimately will lead to his goal of working in music therapy. When
we really fully embrace diversity, and are committed to inclusive environments,
really good things happen. You don’t find people standing on a
corner selling drugs in Carver. By the time we realized that it’s happening, as
residents of the neighborhood, we make a few phone calls and it’s gone. It’s done. We attribute that to the community
policing. And community policing for us in Carver, as well as VCU, is a partnership.
We get good information back and forth, back and forth, because we’re talking to
each other. Carver is a great example of the
collaboration between a community and our department. It’s our way to rely on
the community, and and it’s their way to rely on us. A lot of that comes from the
research. As we’re applying our research and our studies to that community,
they’re giving us feedback on where we’re right, where we’re wrong. That’s an
amazing opportunity as an academic to have that real life, real-world
application of the research you’re doing. And what we’re teaching our students is
a result of the relationships that we have with VCU PD and the Carver
community. If I want to eat something that I love
to eat, guess what – I don’t I don’t have to worry about, ‘okay will this trigger a
pain, will this trigger an onset?’ I was the fourth patient to have that
surgery. Since surgery, haven’t had any pain medication, so this was one of the
best decisions that I’ve made in my life. It’s a motivation for us to do more and
more for all these patients, to help them better their lives and do better in
their career, or whatever they are not able to do when they have these chronic
pancreatitis diseases. And the driver at VCU to me is that the passion of the
the team members and the, I think the insistence that the patient comes first.
All of us on the team are humbled and gratified by her trust, and by the
ability to help her and do what we had hoped to do, which is to restore her
life.

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