Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) Focus Groups

Puma Families,
As Short Pump Middle School and Henrico County Public Schools look for solutions and strategies towards becoming a leader in creating an inclusive and welcoming learning environment for all, we want input from students, families, and teachers to help guide our next steps.
Short Pump Middle School has partnered with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) to facilitate focus groups (**more information regarding the VCIC is found below). These focus groups will provide an opportunity for participants to share concerns and solution based strategies.  Once VCIC has listened to each focus group and shared their findings with us, we are confident SPMS and HCPS will have the necessary information to make informed, student-based decisions for inclusivity and acceptance throughout all of our programming. This will include the role of the new director of equity and diversity.
Due to the need for small focus groups (12-15 persons meeting for one hour), the VCIC will host multiple sessions to meet with as many interested parties as possible. The VCIC will be facilitating these focus listening groups on the following dates:

Student only focus group:
November 29th
2:15pm – 3:15pm

Parent only Focus group:
Please note: Mrs. Ogburn, Three Chopt representative to the School Board, will be in attendance at many of the parent sessions.
**December 4
December 8
December 12
December 14
The parent focus groups will convene at the following times:
9:30am – 10:30am
10:45am – 11:45am
1:00pm – 2:00pm
2:15pm – 3:15pm
3:30pm – 4:30pm
** December 4th  5:30-6:30pm   6:45-7:45pm

If you have an interest in attending one of the focus group sessions, please access the online sign-up form found below (Please note: sessions close once the maximum participant size has been reached.)
Parent sign-up form:
Student sign-up form:

** Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities**
“The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities ( is an 82-year-old nonprofit organization based in Richmond that specializes in working with schools, business, and communities on issues of diversity and inclusion.  VCIC has supported many schools and districts across Virginia, and the organization’s work has been recognized locally and nationally for its effectiveness.  The organization will help us to ensure that a broad cross-section of SPMS stakeholders are able to share ideas and input for how our school community can learn, heal, and move forward together.”