Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment

About PACME 

The Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Enrichment recognizes those VCU and VCU Health individuals and groups who have made exemplary contributions with regard to promoting civility, building community, establishing cross-cultural initiatives, advocating equity, and nurturing a welcoming and inclusively excellent environment throughout the university and area communities.

PACME recipients are honored for their efforts and contributions that move beyond the routine expectations of the individual or group’s position and enhance the goals of inclusive excellence and VCU’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Each award winner will receive $500. In addition, one of the four recipients will be selected to receive the capstone award – The Riese-Melton.  This special award is given for contributions made in advancing cross-cultural relations. The awardee will receive an additional $250.

The Riese-Melton award is a long tradition at VCU and is named for two pathfinders in our institution’s history who dared to reach across the racial divide during less enlightened times.  Dr. Walter J. Riese served as professor of neurology and psychiatry at our medical center.  During his tenure, he championed the rights of African American employees during a time when it was unpopular to take a stand.  One of these employees was Mr. Herman Melton, who worked at the medical center for more than 50 years.  We continue the award because it reminds us of these individuals in our own past who created a culture of diversity that endures to this day.

Award categories

  • Academic and Administrative Leadership Award (includes administrators, directors, and university organizations)
  • Faculty Award (includes teaching, research, and adjunct faculty)
  • Staff Award (includes classified, hourly, and part-time staff, and university and academic professionals)
  • Student Award (includes graduate and undergraduate students, post-docs, and student organizations)

Nomination forms

Nominations are now open. Members of the VCU and VCU Health community are invited to nominate and recognize a deserving individual or organization at VCU for the PACME award.

Nominations should be submitted electronically, and are due on or before March 14, 2022. 

To submit your nominations and letters of support, please complete the nomination form.

Please note: Nominators must submit no more than three letters of support.

Save the date: 2022 PACME Celebration

Join us for the 2020 PACME Celebration on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 from 3-5 p.m. in the Commonwealth Ballroom at the University Student Commons. Everyone is invited to attend.

Past winners

The 2021 PACME event was held virtually on April 27, 2021. What a wonderful celebration! Read all about it in the VCU News article

PACME Recipients from 1994-2021


For additional information, please email the Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success at