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.
We are committed to fostering open dialogue with the community to inform meaningful actions and long-term, ongoing engagement.
Introducing our Interim Chief Diversity Officer
Kevin Harris, Ph.D., brings a wealth of experience in diversity work to his new position as interim senior associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion for the School of Medicine
In this inaugural role, Dr. Harris will lead the development and implementation of a diversity, equity and inclusion plan for the School of Medicine. Music by Filipe Leitão, VCU Music
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.
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.
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.
CIA Book Read: Black Man in a White Coat
Friday, January 22, 2021, 4 - 5 p.m.
Thursday, January 28, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
All members of the VCU community, including faculty, fellows, housestaff, Inova and VAMC faculty, are invited to discuss the book, Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy. The group will be facilitated by Dr. Brandon Frett, hospitalist, Department of Internal Medicine, and Dr. Thokozeni Lipato, assistant professor, Department of Internal Medicine.
Becoming an Antiracist Educator: Higher Education Series
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, 4:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Hosted by the VCU School of Education, this nine-part virtual series aims to help participants develop skills to dismantle systems that perpetuate racial inequities from a higher education perspective. Sessions take place via Zoom on Wednesdays, and School of Medicine faculty, staff and students will be charged a registration fee.
Inclusivity in Career Development at VCU: Panel Series
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Hosted by VCU Human Resources, this series of panel discussions will focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in career development. Four panelists with an array of experiences and backgrounds will discuss their own career paths and challenges, plus how they’ve utilized mentors and support systems.
Cancers Below the Belt: Wright Center Health Equity Series
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, 10 a.m.
Facilitated by Debbie Cadet, Ph.D., MSW, program manager for community health education and research at Massey Cancer Center, this virtual event will feature speakers and panelists for a discussion about prostate and colorectal cancer disparities in minority communities.