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Turn Your Education into a Career with Passion and Purpose

You’re a Spider, so you dream big. You don’t want to land just any job after UR, but a purposeful career you’re passionate about.

At A&S NEXT, a career program specifically for A&S students, we aim to give you the tools to understand your personal strengths and how you can translate your Richmond education into a career that you love. Placed in the heart of the city of Richmond, you’ll meet alums with unexpected and interesting career paths and you’ll gain hands-on experience exploring and solving real-world problems alongside alums and faculty who work to solve these problems in their own careers every day.

Register for A&S NEXT

A&S NEXT Registration Ends January 2, 2019

Seek Solutions to Contemporary Issues

Arts in the Life of a City

This topic will explore how the arts — theater, dance, music, visual arts — can play a critical role in the life and livelihood of a city.

Faculty Facilitators

Dr. Lidia Radi

Associate Professor of French and Italian

Dr. Anthony Russell

Associate Professor of English
Coordinator, Italian Studies Program
Alumni Facilitators

Randy Baker, '96
Rorschach Theater

Leslie Castro, W '80
Branch Museum of Architecture and Design

William Healy, '06
Henrico County Public Schools

Amy Reader Lalor, '15
Freelance Artist

Biotechnology and Innovation

Richmond is home to the VA Bio+Tech Park, a place for researchers and entrepreneurs to explore the life sciences and emerging technologies. In this case we explore how a collaboration such as this could support the economic development of an emerging city or how biotechnology can be used to support philanthropic work in a city.

Faculty Facilitators

Dr. Jonathan Dattelbaum

Professor of Chemistry
Program Coordinator, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dr. Issac Skromne

Assistant Professor of Biology
Alumni Facilitators

Laura Akesson '00
Science Overdrive

David Raiser, '06
Aldatu Biosciences

Katelyn Reighard Crizer, '08
Altavant Sciences

Bethany Young, '14
VCU Graduate School

Healthcare: Access and Affordability

Education, income, gender, orientation, citizenship status, and ethnicity play large roles in health disparities. In this case, we question who does and does not have access to health care and how varying demographics are treated by and/or approach the health care system.

Faculty Facilitators

Dr. Camilla Nonterah

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. John Vaughan

Director of Pre-Health Education
Co-coordinator, Healthcare Studies Program
Alumni Facilitators

Scott Castro, '09

Valentina Facyson, '13
Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC

Amanda Lineberry, '14
University of Virginia School of Law

Jessica Walradt, '10
Northwestern Medicine

The Justice System

As with many American cities, the city of Richmond has a long and complicated history with incarceration, beginning with jails set up to hold slaves in the 1800s and extending to what one author calls the new Jim Crow: exorbitant incarceration rates among minority populations. This case focuses on the problems of who is imprisoned in the city of Richmond and why, and what happens to individuals after their incarceration.

Faculty Facilitators

Dr. Atiya Husain

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Lisa Jobe-Shields

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Alumni Facilitators

George Boston, '13
Raleigh Police Department

Greg Dewan, '07
Hiscock Legal Aid Society

Daniel Harawa, '09

Courtney Semisch, '91
U.S. Sentencing Commission

The 21st Century City

Richmond is growing rapidly and the local government faces the challenge of how to support this growth in a sustainable manner. This case explores the city as a political, social, and cosmopolitan entity and ways to support its growth, and looks at how to form a modern city.

Faculty Facilitators

Dr. Daniel Palazzolo

Professor of Political Science
Associate Dean, School of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Sydney Watts

Associate Professor of History and WGSS
Alumni Facilitators

Sarah Lynn Huang, '13
George Mason University

Shauna Knox, '10
U.S. Department of Education

Jordan Hannah Snelling, '09
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development

Danielle Stokes, '13
McGuire Woods

Join Us in Downtown Richmond

As an A&S NEXT participant, you’ll choose a topic area you’re interested in and spend the day in a small group teasing apart the issue, proposing solutions, and drawing on your personal strengths and those of your teammates. Alumni and faculty who have expertise in the chosen area will advise your group, giving you insight into their careers and research. At the end of the day, you’ll reflect on the skills you used and identify how the experience of utilizing a variety of competencies can be translated into future career endeavors. You’ll also have the opportunity to network and make professional connections with alumni that may benefit you as you plan for life after UR.

2PM – 8PM
Richmond Marriott

A&S NEXT kicks off with participants taking a shuttle downtown to check in at the Richmond Marriott at 500 E. Broad Street for an overnight stay.

The program begins with an opportunity for participants to meet their peer, faculty, and alumni team and begin digging in on their topic. Students will also participate in a StrengthsQuest workshop that will help them understand their strengths and how to apply them in professional situations.

Following the workshops, students will be introduced to networking etiquette, and then put their newfound knowledge to use at a reception with faculty and local UR alums.

8AM – 5PM
Richmond Marriott

A&S NEXT continues all day on Saturday at the Marriott with a keynote address; small group work on case studies advised by faculty and alumni; presentations of each group’s work to a panel of judges; and reflections on their A&S NEXT experience. Following closing remarks, students will return to campus.

Food, program materials, transportation to and from downtown Richmond, and overnight accommodations will be provided to all event participants.

View detailed event schedule.

Register for A&S NEXT

A&S NEXT Registration Ends January 2, 2019

A&S NEXT 2018
A&S NEXT took place on March 2-3, 2018 at the Richmond Marriott.
The day began with opening remarks from A&S Dean Patrice Rankine.
Rankine introduced the morning keynote speaker, VA Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg, class of 2004.