National Military Appreciation Month

National Military Appreciation Month

May is recognized as National Military Appreciation Month, which was designated by Congress in 1999 to pay tribute to those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Students, faculty and staff with connections to the military have made tremendous contributions to VCU School of Medicine. In addition to a longstanding partnership with the Richmond VA hospital, we are proud to support mentorship, research opportunities and other collaborations with veterans and service members.

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Upcoming Events

  • May

    Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    May 2022

    May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, approved by Congress in 1977 to recognize the historical and cultural contributions of those of Asian and Pacific Island descent in the U.S.

    Throughout the month, VCU’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will host multiple events, including discussion panels and a virtual trivia session. 

    Learn more 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

  • May 24

    Free Community-Based Program for Black Women Exploring Mental and Physical Health Through Painting

    Tuesday, May 24, 4 - 6 p.m.

    This free, eight-week program for Black women ages 18+ will explore mental and physical health through painting. Participants will paint, discuss their thoughts and feelings and take home new tools to track their blood pressure.

    For more information, contact Anika Hines, Ph.D., at or 804-828-5030

  • May 25

    DIRE Conversations

    Wednesdays, May 25 and June 22, noon - 1 p.m.

    The Diversity, Inclusion, Restoration and Equity, or DIRE, Conversations event series, hosted by VCU Health's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, provides those within the VCU Health community a safe place to connect and engage in meaningful, healthy conversations centered around pressing issues of the day. All are welcome to join, no registration is necessary. 

    Join via Zoom

  • June 23

    Race in Patient Cases: To Do or Not to Do?

    Thursday, June 23, noon - 1 p.m.

    VCU School of Pharmacy and the Office of Education and Assessment will host a discussion about the advantages and consequences of including or excluding race/ethnicity in case-based learning. Olihe Okoro, Ph.D., a pharmacist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, will be the guest speaker.

    Join the webinar here

  • Ongoing

    Online Study for Black and African American Menthol Smokers


    You are invited to participate in an online study if you are age 18 or older, smoke menthol cigarettes, identify as Black/African American and willing to complete a 30-minute online survey about tobacco flavor regulations. Principal investigators are Andrew Barnes, Ph.D., Department of Health Behavior and Policy, and Caroline Cobb, Ph.D., Department of Psychology. For more information, contact Caroline Cobb ( 

    Learn more about the study

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.

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