Diana Gay Cutchin earned her B. S. in Psychology and her M. S. in Sociology from VCU and has worked at VCU for over 25 years. She started her career here as a Health Educator, later became the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Services Coordinator; serving as an advocate for students, developing prevention programs and providing comprehensive responses to such forms of violence. She also administered a grant from the Department of Justice to address violence against women on campus. While working in the field of intimate partner violence, Cutchin served as board chair for Safe Harbor and The James House Sexual & Domestic Violence Program. For both her work on campus and in the community, she has been recognized for her achievements with a Vanguard Award from Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault and a Peace Award from Virginians Against Domestic Violence.
Cutchin identifies first as a teacher. For her, it is a passion she is dedicated to working with students. She created and continues to teach a service learning course entitled Violence Against Women and has over twenty years of teaching Introductory Sociology, Marriage and Family and Diverse American Families and Children. She is also the Coordinator of the Internship Program in Sociology and assists students in finding experiential learning opportunities through volunteer work and for credit internship programs. She was honored by VCU with the College of Humanities and Sciences Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Adjunct Award.