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.