Spotlight Event: Third Annual DEI Lecture

Spotlight Event: Third Annual DEI Lecture

“Today, you hear a lot about health equity and diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Ryan Mire, M.D., FACP, H’01, president of the American College of Physicians. “But if you don’t understand why these things are important and how systemic racism has been infused in medical education, it’s not as meaningful to continue the push in closing that gap.”  

On Thursday, Dec. 1, Mire discussed how systemic racism was entrenched in medical education, academic reform and the evolution of today’s medical landscape.

View a recording of his lecture, “The History of Racism in Medical Education,” here

Campus-Wide Events

  • Nov. - Dec.

    Health Services Organization and Research Ph.D. Informational Session

    Nov. 16 | Dec. 14, 5 - 6 p.m.

    The VCU Department of Health Administration will host two virtual informational sessions to discuss the Health Services Organization and Research doctoral program. In addition to learning about admissions and funding, participants will have the chance to meet the program's faculty and staff.

    For more information, contact Cameron Parkins at

    Register here

  • Nov. - Dec.

    DIRE Conversations

    Nov. 30 | Dec. 28, noon - 1 p.m.

    DIRE Conversations was created to provide those within the VCU Health community with a safe place to connect and engage in meaningful, healthy conversations centered around pressing issues of the day. All are welcome to join, and no registration is needed.

    Join the conversation here

  • Dec. 7

    Networking Coffee Break

    Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

    The VCU Health Sciences Career Community will host a networking event for students to meet and connect with the group's members at the Larrick Student Center at 900 Turpin St.

    For information on how to register, contact the Health Sciences Career Community at

  • Dec. 16

    Facts and Faith Fridays

    Friday, Dec. 16, 3 - 4 p.m.

    The VCU Massey Cancer Center has partnered with leaders within the African American faith-based community to create Facts and Faith Fridays, which recognizes faith leaders as trusted and reliable sources of information.

    Guest speakers Anthony Fauci, M.D., chief medical advisor to the president of the U.S. and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Jeanine Guidry, Ph.D, an associate professor in the VCU Robertson School of Media and Culture and director of the Media+Health Lab, will discuss COVID-19, vaccines and public health.

    Register here

  • Ongoing

    Filipino American Heart Health Study


    Feel free to participate in this epidemiological study to understand how common certain heart conditions are and the genetic risk factors that lead to these diseases in Filipino Americans. To participate in this 30-40 minute study, you must be 18 years or older and identify as Filipino with both biological parents of Filipino heritage. The study will be conducted by Youssef Roman, Pharm.D., Ph.D. from VCU's School of Pharmacywho researches health disparities within the Filipino community. 

    For more information, contact Youssef Roman: 

    Lean more about the study

DEI in the News

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.

Join the conversation

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