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As an academic medical center located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia, our training programs are built on our commitment to diversity, innovation and improving the health and wellbeing of our community. By engaging with those around us, our students and trainees learn to thrive in their careers while making a real difference in the lives of others.

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The VCU School of Medicine is committed to an ongoing process of inclusion with special attention to characteristics such as gender, age, religion, disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity and geographic region.What We Believe

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Message from the Dean

This weekend, we celebrate Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day), which commemorates the declaration of freedom for enslaved African Americans in the United States. Last year was our first opportunity to celebrate Juneteenth as a university and health system community. We honored the past as leaders from the Elegba Folklore Society performed sacred rituals from African and African-American culture, such as the Libation Ceremony for the Ancestors. We were then treated to “A Musical Journey through African-American History” by Mr. James “Plunky” Branch and his contemporary jazz band.

Juneteenth and Reflections from the Past, Opportunities for a More Equitable Future

Our Commitment to Diversity

Diversity is absolutely essential at a research university, just as it is in life. It is an indispensable part of the learning process. It shapes what we learn and how we learn it, how we solve problems, how we interact with one another, and how we think about ourselves and each other.

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