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.

History and Health

What part has VCU played in a city with a history so intertwined with slavery? Why do residents of Richmond’s majority-white neighborhoods live an average of 20 years longer than the residents of nearby majority-Black communities? 

These are the types of questions being explored during History and Health: Racial Equity, which is part of the VCU Health Equity initiative. This series of monthly virtual events and online learning modules are intended to inspire and equip participants for further public and private conversations regarding health equity, diversity, equity and inclusion.

View the complete schedule 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.

Read more about our initiatives


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

  • 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
  • Second Annual Juneteenth Celebration 
    • Friday, June 18, 7 - 8:30 a.m. 
    • Juneteenth, the holiday honoring the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S., is also a celebration of our continued pursuit of our national promise to offer life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to call. This year's virtual celebration will feature music, interperative performances and educational talks, and prerecorded performances will be available for those unable to view the celebration live. 
    • View here 
  • Queerantine Archive Project Informational Session
    • Saturday, June 26, noon
    • The Queerantine Archive Project is a year-long experiential and research-intensive learning opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students across a broad range of fields, including public health. The project is aimed at documenting and archiving LGBTQUIA2+ community life during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    • Learn more

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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