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Fall Break in Richmond

As part of the first-year living-learning community experience, students will participate in experiential fall break experience in the city of Richmond. The fall break experience will be a combination of exploring the city in which students live and study, having fun, and connecting their living-learning community theme to the city. Don't worry, there will be time to relax too! Students will live on-campus in their regular residence hall room assignment; the residence halls and dining hall remain open during the fall break.

There are three major components to the Fall Break in Richmond experience for students:

  • The Richmond Folk Festival: last year this festival attracted more than 200,000 people to downtown Richmond's riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance traditional crafts, storytelling and food. The Richmond Folk Festival has become one of Virginia’s largest and most-loved events of the year and has been voted as the best musical festival in Richmond several years running.
  • Exploring Richmond Neighborhoods: explore some of Richmond's diverse neighborhoods like Jackson Ward, Downtown, historic Church Hill, the Fan, 
  • Excursion with your first-year living-learning community: each community will spend a half-day on Monday with their professor and classmates in a customized excursion off-campus to further explore and examine the topic of your living-learning community, including having a meal off-campus!

2017–18 Fall Break Schedule

Saturday, October 14

Explore Richmond Neighborhoods:
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Church Hill
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Jackson Ward


9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Service Project with Habitat ReStore

Sunday, October 15

Richmond Folk Festival, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Shuttles Leave from the Transportation Hub (Tyler Haynes Commons)
1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.

Shuttles Drop-Off and Pick-Up from 2nd and Byrd Streets
1:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m.

Monday, October 16 

Day Off: Narratives of Identity and Relationship Community

American City, American Culture Community:
9:30 a.m.: Meet at Transportation Hub (Tyler Haynes Commons)
Travel to Lee Circle, walk Monument Ave, and tour the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Lunch at the Best Cafe, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
1:30 p.m.: Return to Campus

Civic Journalism and Social Justice:
2:00 p.m.: Meet at Tranportation Hub (Tyler Haynes Commons)
Travel to Richmond Times Dispatch Offices
Dinner in Richmond
7:30 p.m.: Return to Campus

Wrongful Convictions:
8:45 a.m.: Meet at Tranporation Hub (Tyler Haynes Commons)
Attend two sentencing hearings at the United States Federal Courthouse, meet with U.S. Federal District Judge
Lunch in Richmond
2:30 p.m.: Return to Campus

Tuesday, October 17

Day Off: American City, American Culture; Civic Journalism and Social Justice; Wrongful Convictions

Narratives of Identity and Relationship Community:
9:15 a.m.: Meet at Transportation Hub
Tour Windor Farms, Agrecroft Hall, Windsor Farms, Church Hill, and the Valentine Museum
Lunch in Richmond
4:15 p.m.: Return to Campus