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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.

First Lady Jill Biden, Ed.D.

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First Lady Jill Biden, Ed.D.

Many Americans are being left behind in one of the most medically advanced countries in the world, and the results are health inequities and lives lost. And we owe ourselves better.

Feb. 24, 2021 during visit to VCU's Massey Cancer Center

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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Upcoming Events


  • The Overlooked Survivor Series: Black Women and Sexual Assault
    • Tuesday, April 13, noon – 1 p.m.
    • Hosted by the VCU Advocacy Program, this lunch and learn session will explore the connection between Black women, the Me Too movement and underreporting.
    • Register here
  • Navigating Disability and Career Development, Part Two: Resumes and Interview Skills  
    • Thursday, April 15, 1 – 2 p.m.
    • VCU’s Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity and Student Affairs will host a virtual event discussing the job search process and what disability support looks like in a professional environment. For more information, contact Elizabeth Engel at engele2@vcu.edu.
    • Sign up here
  • Amplifying Voices: Experiences in Health Sciences Education and Clinical Practice 
    • Thursday, April 15, 5 - 6:30 p.m. 
    • As part of the MCV Campus Virtual Reunion Weekend, this event will feature alumni panelists of diverse backgrounds sharing their experiences as both students and practitioners, reflecting on the supports and strategies they have used to thrive as health care professionals in spite of racial inequities. 
    • Learn more
  • 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

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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