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Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As healers, scientists, faculty and learners in the VCU School of Medicine, we have a responsibility to condemn racism and all forms of discrimination. We will continue to own our history with transparency and humility, learning from the mistakes of the past and building on strengths of the present to create a more just and equitable future.

History and Health

What part has VCU played in a city with a history so intertwined with slavery? Why do residents of Richmond’s majority-white neighborhoods live an average of 20 years longer than the residents of nearby majority-Black communities? 

These are the types of questions being explored during History and Health: Racial Equity, which is part of the VCU Health Equity initiative. This series of monthly virtual events and online learning modules are intended to inspire and equip participants for further public and private conversations regarding health equity, diversity, equity and inclusion.

View the complete schedule here

Dialogue: What We Believe

We reaffirm the core values of human dignity and of mutual, unconditional respect, and we acknowledge our responsibility to condemn racism and all forms of discrimination.

Our students, trainees, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are valued partners who provide essential perspective and context for how we more forthrightly conduct this work. Listening is the first step in making meaningful change, and we are inspired and humbled by the feedback and engagement from our School of Medicine community.

Join the conversation

Action: What We Are Doing

We are collaborating across our campus, health system and university to foster a welcoming community that supports and values people of all cultural backgrounds and life experiences and makes our medical school a more diverse and representative place to work.

Cultivating such an environment is essential to the fulfillment of our mission to improve the quality of health care for humanity, and we are committed to engaging in dialogue across the breadth of our community to fuel our short-term, mid-range and long-term actions.

Read more about our initiatives

Engagement

Where We Are Headed

As a pivotal step in turning dialogue into action, the School of Medicine is proud to announce its inaugural Inclusion Council. Members include students, trainees, faculty, staff, alumni and community members who are dedicated to this vital journey.

We remain committed to communicating openly and forthrightly about pertinent developments and activities moving forward, and we welcome your continued input, advocacy and engagement.

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Upcoming Events

  • A Look at the School of Dentistry's First African American Graduate 
    • Friday, April 16, 5 - 6 p.m.  
    • On the second day of the MCV Campus Virtual Reunion Weekend, a presentation will feature the late James Avery Booker Jr., D.D.S., M.D., a Richmond native who graduated from the School of Dentistry in 1961 and went on to receive his M.D. from the Howard University School of Medicine in 1968. Carlos Smith, the School of Dentistry's director of diversity, equity and inclusion hosts a conversation with Booker's daughter, Karla Booker, M.D. 
    • Read more
  • Let’s Make This Queer: Enhancing Pride in Our Bodies
    • Wednesday, April 21, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
    • University Counseling Services will present a discussion aimed to increase awareness about experiences of body discrimination in the LGBTQIA+ community, understand factors that inhibit self-love and provide strategies for combating body dissatisfaction for LGBTQIA+ folks and allies.
    • Join here
  • CTLE Workshop: Student Engagement and Full Participation for an Inclusive Classroom
    • Monday, April 19, noon – 1 p.m. 
    • Hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning Experience, this workshop will explore the imbalances of participation and include a conversation about how cultural assumptions might influence student interaction and their level of engagement. Participants will also explore strategies for a teaching redesign to encourage full participation and accessibility for all students.  
    • Learn more

Learn more about other efforts to address race, diversity, equity and inclusion across VCU’s campuses and in the community.DEI Resources

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