Project Manager, Research Institute for Social Equity
Jacklyn Cheely, M.A., currently serves as the Project Manager for the Research Institute for Social Equity within the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU. Cheely graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Philosophy with a minor in Religious Studies from Virginia Wesleyan University (VWU) in 2019. During her time at VWU, she was active in the Robert Nusbaum Center (formerly the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom), frequently engaging in discussion-based community events aimed at exploring topics of religion, politics, and ideology.
In 2020, Cheely completed her M.A. in Peace and Development Studies from the University of Limerick in Ireland. During her program, she studied various topics in international politics such as conflict analysis, governance, developmental theories, sustainable development, global justice, and democratic processes in Europe. With a particular interest in how international consumerism can impact a nation’s developmental goals, Cheely wrote her Master’s thesis on the economic and social impacts of various coffee sourcing practices on developing countries at both the micro and macro levels.
Since returning to Richmond in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cheely has gained new interest in topics regarding equitable and sustainable urban development, racial and social equity, workplace diversity, transportation equity, accessibility, and community development.