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

  • November

    Indigenous Peoples' Heritage Month

    November 2021

    VCU will celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Heritage Month with a variety of events throughout November. Events include a virtual panel on resiliency and healing, a visit to the Institute for Contemporary Art and a presentation on indigenous Latin American migration to Virginia.

    View the full calendar of events

  • Dec. 3

    RAMmalogues: Open Dialogue on Social Unrest

    December 3, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

    How are you doing amid the many ongoing racial and social upheavals? Do you wonder how those with different identities are affected? Come engage with students, faculty, and staff in our RAMmalogues session about social unrest.

    RAMmalogues, led by a trained facilitator, is a space for intercultural, multigenerational, and community-wide conversations around who we are and what matters to us. All students, faculty and staff are invited, but registration is limited to 25 so reserve your spot now. For more information, contact Jan Altman, Ph.D., at iexcel@vcu.edu

    Learn more about upcoming sessions

  • Dec. 3

    The Promise and Practice of Inclusive Education

    December 3, 2 p.m.

    VCU's Department of Biology will present a Zoom webinar featuring Bryan Dewsbury, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology and associate director of the STEM Transformation Institute at Florida International University. Dr. Drewsbury has conducted more than 85 professional development workshops on equity-minded education practices at institutions of higher education helping faculty transform their curricula.  

    Learn more and sign up

  • Dec. 14

    Black Lives, Black Lungs 2: Life or Breath

    December 14, 10 a.m.

    Dr. Patrick Nana-Sinkam, chair of the division of pulmonary disease and critical care medicine at VCU Health and Rachel Hunley, community and collaboration program manager, will present on advances, gaps and shared resources for minority health research. The Wright Center’s Health Equity Series is a quarterly exploration and community discussion of health disparities from collaborating partners locally, in Virginia and nationwide. 

    Register via Zoom

  • Nov. 8

    RAMmalogues: An Open Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity

    Monday, Nov. 8, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

    How important is your racial identity to you? Do you wonder how that differs from others? Engage with students, faculty and staff in an upcoming RAMmalogues session. Share your experience navigating our racialized society and bear witness to what others have to share in open dialogue.

    Register here

  • Dec. 8

    Changing the Face of Science: Diversity Speaker Series

    December 8, 3 - 4 p.m.

    VCU's Center on Health Disparities will host Francine E. Garrett-Bakelman, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and of biochemistry and molecular genetics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. The title of her talk is "High Risk Acute Myeloid Leukemia: A Physician Scientists Role." 

    Sign up for the event

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.

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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