Living Legacies Series: Navigating Medicine with Dr. Philip E.B. Byrd, Jr.

Join us as we delve into the journey of 1969 School of Medicine alumnus Philip E.B. Byrd, Jr., M.D. Through a discussion moderated by Sarah Martey, M2 & SNMA Social Chair, Byrd will offer profound reflections on his journey, from the initial aspirations that ignited his passion for medicine to the rigorous training and pivotal moments that shaped his professional trajectory. We invite you to join us as we honor the legacy of Dr. Byrd and embrace the transformative power of shared experiences in shaping the future of healthcare. 

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, noon – 1:00 p.m. 

This event will be held in the MMEC Learning Theater and Zoom 

Learn more and register here 

 

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Campus-Wide Events

  • Feb. 22

    Living Legacies Series: "Have you seen the Nurse?" – A Conversation with St. Philip School of Nursing Alumnae

    Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, noon – 1:00 p.m.

    In 1920, MCV established the St. Philip School of Nursing to provide nursing training to Black women at the St. Philip Hospital, which served as MCV’s segregated hospital for Richmond’s Black community until 1962. This Living Legacies event, moderated by Tori Tucker, Ph.D., features two St. Philip alumnae who will share their stories and experiences and the importance of the history of St. Philip Hospital and the School of Nursing for health care providers today.

    This event will be held in the College of Health Professions Auditorium and on Zoom.

    Learn more and register here

  • Feb. 23

    Diversity in Action: Seeing Ourselves in the Diversity Space (DEI Lunch and Learn Series)

    Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, noon – 1:00 p.m.

    Kevin Harris, Ph.D., and various other departmental DEI leaders will co-host a series of discussions for our colleagues/learners to come to a common understanding of what DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging) is and how it functions within our work, academic and clinical environments.

    Presenters: Stella Lopez, Psy.D., Kevin Harris, Ph.D. 

    This event will be held in MMEC, room 3-101 and on Zoom. 

    Learn more and register here. 

  • March 8

    Equity & Justice in Action: Health Equity as an Imperative in Health Care & Health Justice as a Framework for Advocacy and Access (DEI Lunch and Learn Series)

    Friday, March 8, 2024, noon – 1:00 p.m.

    Providing equitable health care is inherent in the mission of VCU and VCU Health System. This lunch and learn session, hosted by Stephanie Bissonette, D.O., M.P.H., Kevin Harris, Ph.D., will introduce the concept of health equity, how health disparities research and community participatory research work to drive health equity and ways in which health equity can be implemented in the everyday practice of medicine at VCU.

    This event will be held in MMEC, room 3-101 and on Zoom. 

    Learn more and register here.

  • March 19

    Inclusion in Action: Cultivating and Sustaining an Inclusive Environment (DEI Lunch and Learn Series)

    Tuesday, March 19, 2024, noon – 1:00 p.m.

    Kevin Harris, Ph.D., and various other departmental DEI leaders will co-host a series of discussions for our colleagues/learners to come to a common understanding of what DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging) is and how it functions within our work, academic and clinical environments.

    Presenters: J.C. Wiggins III, M.D., Kevin Harris, Ph.D. 

    This event will be held in MMEC, room 3-101 and on Zoom. 

    Learn more and register here.  

  • April 12

    Belonging Matters: Whys and Hows of Building a Culture of Belonging in Health Care (DEI Lunch and Learn Series)

    Friday, April 12, 2024, noon – 1:00 p.m.

    Kevin Harris, Ph.D., and various other departmental DEI leaders will co-host a series of discussions for our colleagues/learners to come to a common understanding of what DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging) is and how it functions within our work, academic and clinical environments.

    Presenters: Ana Mills, Psy.D., Kevin Harris, Ph.D. 

    This event will be held in MMEC, room 3-101 and on Zoom. 

    Learn more and register here. 

  • April 22

    Wellness Matters: I’m OK – You’re OK: The Employee/Learner Wellness Imperative (DEI Lunch and Learn Series)

    Monday, April 22, 2024, noon – 1:00 p.m.

    To develop a shared understanding of wellness from an individual and organizational perspective, this lunch and learn session, hosted by Jennifer Gilbert, Psy.D., L.C.P., Deborah DiazGranados, Ph.D., and Kevin Harris, Ph.D., will discuss wellness and mental health in the context of the workplace and a DEI framework. We will discuss individual and organizational supports needed to build a community of wellness and support positive mental health. 

    This event will be held in MMEC, room 3-101 and on Zoom. 

    Learn more and register here. 

  • Ongoing

    Call for Art Submissions: SOM & Art in Health Care Women’s History Month Art Exhibit

    Feb. 26

    The School of Medicine's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Arts in Healthcare at VCU Health announces a call for exhibition proposals for Women's History Month in March. Centered on the theme of Women in Medicine and Science Inspiring Passion, Purpose and Empowerment, submissions are open to all. We encourage everyone, professional artists or not, to share. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Feb. 26 and the deadline to deliver materials is Thursday, Feb. 29 by 5:00 p.m.

    Learn more and submit your artwork here

  • Ongoing

    Dialogue to Action: Community-building Circles to Foster a Culture of Respect and a Shared Sense of Belonging

    See specific times and dates below

    The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is launching a new resource to foster more meaningful intergroup relationships and communications. Open to all, this series seeks to create a sense of belonging through the sharing of stories, active listening and building and strengthening relationships and connections.

    Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    This event will be held in MMEC, room 3-101
    Learn more and register here.

    Friday, April 5, 2024, noon – 1:00 p.m.
    This event will be held in MMEC, room 3-101
    Learn more and register here.

  • Ongoing

    Stepping In 4 Respect Workshops

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    Learn to support your School of Medicine colleagues and address discrimination and other forms of mistreatment in our clinical and learning environments. These interactive workshops utilize video scenarios, interactive debriefing discussions and improvisation experiences to help participants learn how to use a positive approach to addressing discriminatory behavior in the health care environment. While the workshops are clinically focused, the skills taught are transferable to non-clinical settings. These in-person workshops are open to all.

    Monday, March 4, 2024, noon – 2:00 p.m.
    This event will be held in MMEC, room 5-101
    Learn more and register here.

    Friday, May 3, 2024, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
    This event will be held in MMEC, room 3-101
    Learn more and register here.

    Thursday, July 11, 2024, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    This event will be held in MMEC, room 3-101
    Learn more and register here.

DEI in the News

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

Engagement

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.

DEI Resources