Civility in health care: An interactive workshop

“Civility is the recognition that all people have dignity that's inherent to their person, no matter their religion, race, gender, sexuality or ability.” – Opal Tometi, American writer and human rights activist  

In recognition of National Civility Month, which promotes inclusivity and demonstrates the importance of treating others with respect, the School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host a two-hour virtual Stepping in 4 Respect workshop on Friday, August 26 at 11:30 a.m. This interactive session will utilize video scenarios, debriefing discussions and improvisation experiences to help participants learn how to use a positive approach to address discriminatory behavior in the health care environment. 

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Upcoming Events

  • Aug. - Nov.

    Rammalogues Sessions: 'The Organ Thieves' Discussions

    Aug. 17 | Sept. 14 | Oct. 19 | Nov. 16

    Rammalogues will host four sessions on the MCV Campus to discuss the 2022-2023 VCU Common Book, “The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South.” These sessions are intended to provide a safe space to talk about topics around social identity. 

    Registration for this event is free and all are invited to participate. After signing up, registrants can pick up a free book from the front desk at the Goodwin Research Laboratory. For more information, contact the facilitator Archana Pathak, Ph.D., at  

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  • Aug. 24

    DIRE Conversations

    Wednesday, Aug. 24, 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 livestream here

  • Aug. 31

    National Civility Month Panel

    Wednesday, Aug. 31, noon - 1 p.m.

    VCU Health’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host a virtual panel to celebrate National Civility Month. Created to acknowledge the core values of civility, this panel will emphasize the importance of treating others with kindness, empathy and respect in and outside of the workplace. 

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  • Aug. 31

    CTLE Workshop: Can We Talk About Race?

    Wednesday, Aug. 31, 3 - 4 p.m.

    The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence will host a virtual workshop centered around the 2022-2023 VCU Common Book, “The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South.” This workshop was created to help educators in fostering safe and brave spaces in their classes for engagement with racial issues. 

    For more information, contact Tiffany Freitas at

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  • Sept. 17

    Run Richmond 16.19

    Saturday, Sept. 17, 7 a.m.

    Feel free to join the VCU Health Sciences team in the upcoming Run Richmond 16.19, a race made to commemorate the sacrifices and achievements made by African Americans and to celebrate unity in diversity. To join their team, select the “VCU Health Sciences” team and use the password “RAMS2022” after registering. 

    Sign up by July 15 to receive the discounted registration rate.  

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  • 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

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.

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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.

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