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.

DEI in the News

Upcoming Events

  • A Physical Activity and Nutrition Study for Black Breast Cancer Survivors
    • Ongoing
    • Black women who are breast cancer survivors and overweight/obese are invited to participate in a research study led by Vanessa Sheppard, Ph.D., in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy. Participation requires 16 one-hour workout sessions and laboratory visits, and the study will take place at the VCU Run Lab on the Monroe Park Campus. 
    • For more information, contact Autumn Lanoye at autumn.lanoye@vcuhealth.org
  • Across the Rainbow: Moving from Disparities to Equity in LGBTQ+ Health
    • Tuesday, August 10, 10 – 11:30 a.m. 
    • The Wright Center’s Health Equity Series is a quarterly exploration and community discussion of health disparities with collaborating partners locally, in Virginia and nationwide. this August, three panelists will discuss health disparities in the LGBTQ+ community and new and ongoing efforts to close this gap. Speakers include Karen Legato, executive director of Health Brigade (she/her); Bill Harrison, president and executive director of Diversity Richmond (he/him); and Zakia McKensey, executive director of Nationz Foundation (she/her).
    • Register 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.

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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.

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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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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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