December 1, 2015

VA Engage Journal

Read the Fall 2015 volume of the VA Engage Journal.

Submission deadline for Volume 5 is June 1, 2016. Learn more about the submission process and requirements at



The Mission of the VA Engage Journal is to build our collective practical and intellectual capacities for meaningful community engagement by providing a forum in which students enrolled in colleges and universities across Virginia can share and reflect critically on their own community-engaged experiences, and can disseminate knowledge emerging from their engaged practice and research. 


The VA Engage Journal was created in 2011 and hosted at the 140508_028_lrUniversity of Virginia under the leadership and vision of Megan Raymond, University of Virginia; Drew Stelljes, The College of William and Mary; and Roberta Rosenberg, Christopher Newport University, in order to provide a forum for undergraduate students to publish community-engaged scholarship. After a hiatus in 2013, during which the journal transitioned from the University of Virginia to its current host institution, the University of Richmond, the journal relaunched on the Digital Commons platform with a new look and broader audience. With the work of a planning team consisting of faculty and staff across the Commonwealth, the journal has expanded to include the work of graduate and professional students, has reframed its area of emphasis and now invites multimedia submissions.


Any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full or part time at a two or four year college or university in Virginia in the academic year preceding the submission deadline may submit an original article to be considered for publication in the VA Engage Journal provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owner of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

Visit  for complete general submission rules, policies and processes. Submissions for Volume 5 are due by June 1, 2016.


The VA Engage Journal is hosted by the University of Richmond under the leadership of Sylvia Gale, associate director of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement. To contact Sylvia, email

Editorial Board

Dr. Danielle Dallaire, The College of William and Mary
Robert and Jane Sharpe Associate Professor of Civic Renewal and Entrepreneurship, Department of Psychology

Dr. Sarah Daniel, Shenandoah University
Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods, Department of Research and Social Analysis

Dr. Sylvia Gale, University of Richmond
Associate Director, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement

Jake Grohs, Virginia Tech
Instructor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics

Sharon Lim, University of Richmond
Bonner Scholar

Michael Madden, Shenandoah University
AmeriCorps VISTA member, Center for Public Service and Scholarship

Dr. Lynn Pelco, Virginia Commonwealth University
Associate Vice Provost for Community Engagement, Division of Community Engagement

Dr. Howard Pickett, Washington and Lee University
Assistant Professor, Director of the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability

Cassie Powell, University of Richmond Law, Virginia Commonwealth University, MSW Candidate

Alexis Ehrhardt, Averett University
Executive Director, Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness