VCU ASPiRE students take a four-semester curricular sequence designed specifically for the program. During the first semester, students learn the fundamental concepts and best practices in community engagement. In the second semester, students begin to work on collaborative teams with faculty and community partners through community studies seminars. In year two, students enroll in a one-credit seminar both in the fall and spring semesters, developing hands-on projects with a clear vision of what it takes to bring about community change.
Working alongside community partners and faculty each semester, students interact with peers from different fields of study and gain career experience through workshops, internships and field visits. Learning in VCU ASPiRE occurs through hands-on projects that engage students and faculty with community partners.