It's official: the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) has a new home in Hampton Roads. For the first time in its 83-year history, the organization has expanded its physical presence beyond its Richmond home base, setting up an office on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan University. Members of the media and community are invited to join VCIC and VWU for a special press conference to celebrate this historical milestone on Monday, November 5, at 3:30 p.m. on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan (Allen Village). Speakers will include Martin A. Einhorn, Chair of the VCIC Tidewater Chapter, Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Virginia Wesleyan University, and Paula L. Bazemore, VCIC Hampton Roads Program Manager. The opening of this office represents a natural extension of VCIC’s commitment to advancing inclusion in the Hampton Roads area. VCIC has had chapters in both the Tidewater area and on the Peninsula since the 1940s, and provides numerous programs in the area each year. Over the past five years, as VCIC has experienced a dramatic increase in both demand for and support of its work, it has doubled the size of its staff and increased the number of statewide programs by 142% (from 150 to over 360 programs per year). VCIC’s investment in adding local staff in Hampton Roads is a key component of its overall strategy to continue growing its impact across the Commonwealth. Following the press conference, VCIC will hold its Tidewater Chapter meeting in the Social Science Lab in Allen Village.