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VPM’s community engagement highlights for May 2024

Angie at VPAP Luncheon
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Angie Miles (far right) emceed VPAP's annual "Lighten Up Luncheon"

Each day, VPM sets out to educate, entertain and inspire the members of our community with robust and diverse content that is accessible to as many people as possible. It’s also important that our communities see themselves through the stories we tell. To accomplish these goals, members of the VPM staff engage with those communities to meet and collaborate with individuals and organizations that also seek to be a resource to all Virginians.

Below are some highlights of how VPM has served our communities in the last month.

Speaking Engagements

On May 7, VPM News reporter Keyris Manzanares served as the keynote speaker for the Latine Cultural Achievement Ceremony at her alma mater, VCU. The annual ceremony celebrates the achievements of Hispanic/Latine and Caribbean undergraduate, graduate and doctoral candidates, providing students with a positive and rewarding experience that recognizes hard work, dedication and perseverance. You can watch her speech on YouTube (She is introduced at the 32:53 mark).

On May 16, Angie Miles emceed the “Lighten Up Luncheon” hosted by the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP). The “Lighten Up Luncheon” is a space where politicians can poke good-natured fun at themselves and others. It’s a reminder that while politics is serious business, we shouldn’t always take ourselves too seriously. Don Scott (D-Portsmouth) and Senator Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg) were the headlining politicians at this year’s event.

VPM continues to strive toward connecting with the members of our community to create a more informed and empathetic Commonwealth. If you have any questions about VPM’s work in the community, please contact Mary Arritt, VPM’s Community Engagement Manager.

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