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
Making our workplace and learning environment a place of dignity, professionalism, mutual respect and inclusivity is not the responsibility of one person or office – it involves the commitment, engagement and action of everyone within our School of Medicine community.
We encourage you to check back here regularly for information on upcoming events and other opportunities to get involved in the ongoing effort to make our medical school a more diverse and equitable place to learn and work.
DEI in the News
VCU Massey challenges Virginians to take a stand against health disparitiesOctober 19, 2020 Read more
An expanded pipeline equips and empowers underrepresented studentsMay 27, 2020 Read more
Pediatrician alumna wants her patients to know their dreams aren’t out of reachOctober 5, 2020 Read more
VCU Board of Visitors votes to de-commemorate buildings named for ConfederatesSeptember 18, 2020 Read more
Medical Students Gain Insight into the Past to Understand Inequities of the PresentSeptember 4, 2020 Read more
Our search begins for a permanent senior associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion and other DEI newsAugust 24, 2020 Read more
Dr. Kevin Harris named interim and inaugural senior associate dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the School of MedicineAugust 10, 2020 Read more
Massey researchers expand statewide health disparities study to include COVID-19July 31, 2020 Read more
Mural inspired by a VCU student’s doctoral dissertation brings a public health topic to lifeApril 27, 2020 Read more
Massey doctoral student receives NCI funding to examine racial disparities in follow-up care among breast cancer survivorsAugust 10, 2020 Read more
A Different Modality: Conversations on Diversity in Neuroscience
Thursday, October 29, 2020
2 - 3 p.m.
Join VCU NeuroNerds as they virtually host VCU alumna and current Yale associate research scientist Dr. Asti Jackson. Dr. Jackson will discuss the experiences of minority researchers in neuroscience and related fields.
Creating an Inclusive Environment Online
Monday, November 9, 2020
6 - 7 p.m.
Join the VCU School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs for this virtual session where you will incorporate best practices for avoiding bias and promoting inclusivity in small group online environments. The VCU community is welcome. Reservations are required by Nov. 8.
Black Lives, Black Lungs
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Join Patrick Nana-Sinkam, M.D., from the SOM Department of Internal Medicine and Rita Miller of the Virginia Department of Health for presentations and discussions on the latest research findings on lung health in African American communities.