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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.

We are committed to fostering open dialogue with the community to inform meaningful actions and long-term, ongoing engagement.

Introducing our Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Kevin Harris, Ph.D., brings a wealth of experience in diversity work to his new position as interim senior associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion for the School of Medicine

In this inaugural role, Dr. Harris will lead the development and implementation of a diversity, equity and inclusion plan for the School of Medicine. Music by Filipe Leitão, VCU Music

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

Making our workplace and learning environment a place of dignity, professionalism, mutual respect and inclusivity is not the responsibility of one person or office – it involves the commitment, engagement and action of everyone within our School of Medicine community.

We encourage you to check back here regularly for information on upcoming events and other opportunities to get involved in the ongoing effort to make our medical school a more diverse and equitable place to learn and work.

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VCU Board of Visitors votes to de-commemorate buildings named for Confederates

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Facing forward

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What should happen next on Monument Avenue?

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Medical Students Gain Insight into the Past to Understand Inequities of the Present

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Message from the Dean

Our search begins for a permanent senior associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion and other DEI news

August 24, 2020 Read more
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Dr. Kevin Harris named interim and inaugural senior associate dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the School of Medicine

August 10, 2020 Read more
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Massey researchers expand statewide health disparities study to include COVID-19

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Mural inspired by a VCU student’s doctoral dissertation brings a public health topic to life

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Massey doctoral student receives NCI funding to examine racial disparities in follow-up care among breast cancer survivors

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Study: Opioid treatment for pregnant women has increased but racial inequities exist

June 18, 2020 Read more

Creating an Inclusive Environment Online

Monday, November 9, 2020
6 - 7 p.m.

Join the VCU School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs for this virtual session where you will incorporate best practices for avoiding bias and promoting inclusivity in small group online environments. The VCU community is welcome. Reservations are required by Nov. 8.

Register here

Black Lives, Black Lungs

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join Patrick Nana-Sinkam, M.D., from the SOM Department of Internal Medicine and Rita Miller of the Virginia Department of Health for presentations and discussions on the latest research findings on lung health in African American communities.  

More information 

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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