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The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion is at the forefront of all departmental activities including patient care, research and graduate medical education. We are also committed to providing an equitable and inclusive workplace for all faculty, staff and students that includes sustained, positive cultural change.
Recent events on the local, state and national level beget a great urgency for actively promoting diversity and inclusivity (D&I) awareness and practices in our educational and work environment. Diversity and inclusivity are in current and prominent focus at VCU given the recent hiring of the Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and the formation of the 90-member university task force. The overarching purpose of the PM&R Workgroup for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusive Practices (WEDIP) is to promote the mission and vision of VCU on a departmental level in alignment with the broader VCU strategy. The primary goals are to improve the quality of care to our patients, foster an inclusive and equitable workplace, promote awareness of diversity issues to the next generation of healthcare professionals, and sustain positive cultural change.
Explore the sections below for more information about WEDIP, in addition to diversity and inclusion resources and research funding:
VCU Department of PM&R, inclusive of faculty, staff and trainees; clinical, education/training and research; and inpatient, outpatient, and community service lines.
Statement of Support for AAPI Community (3/17/21)
In light of the recent events in Atlanta and the widespread increase in hate crimes against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community over the past year, on behalf of the PM&R Department, we reiterate the complete and absolute rejection of this violence. There is no room for hate, discrimination, or divisive rhetoric in our department, institution, or society. As we work to build a more equitable, fair, and just culture, we must specifically acknowledge and support the AAPI community. While these recent events have received media coverage, the discrimination and violence perpetuated against the AAPI community is longstanding and affects our colleagues, patients, and all who we serve. We are asking each of you to take action in supporting the AAPI community today and in the future. To support this call to action, please reference these articles and resources.
Together we stand united against hate.
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