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


  • Latinx Heritage Month
    • Sept. 17 - Oct. 15
    • In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, VCU’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will host a variety of virtual and in-person events from September 17 to October 15. Events include dance nights, cooking demonstrations and discussions on topics such as career development and organizations that serve Virginia’s Latinx communities. A special exhibition of works by artist Caesar Carbajal will be on display at VCU Medical Center in the Gateway building during that time, and the cafeteria will serve special dishes representing many cultures and backgrounds of the Hispanic culture.
    • Explore the calendar of events
  • Becoming an Antiracist Educator - Higher Education Series Level 1 
    • Tuesdays, Sept. 21, 2021 - May 3, 2022
    • Offered through the VCU School of Education, this nine-session interactive series aims to deepen educators' understanding of race, racism and systemic inequities. The registration deadline is Friday, September 17. For more customized training options, contact soeose@vcu.edu
    • Learn more
  • School of Medicine's Annual DEI Lecture
    • Wednesday, Oct. 20, 12-1 p.m. 
    • Kevin Harris, Ph.D., senior associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion at VCU School of Medicine, will report on the school's current positioning in this space and provide a glimpse into what is yet to come as we marshal our collective ingenuity toward advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. 
    • Watch via livestream

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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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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