Community and Diversity Advisory Board
The mission of the Community and Diversity Advisory Board of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is to encourage student diversity at the school. The board also works to nurture creative and healthy relationships between the school and the local community.
The Community and Diversity Advisory Board achieves its mission by providing guidance to the school’s leadership related to the school’s diversity initiatives, by creating a welcoming community environment for students by connecting them with appropriate resources in the community, by encouraging involvement of the community in school functions and activities as appropriate, and by encouraging involvement of faculty, staff, and students in the community.
One example of the Community and Diversity Advisory Board’s encouragement of student involvement in the community is through the school’s service learning projects, an integral component of the interprofessionalism domain of the school’s curriculum. The board provides the school with input and feedback from the community about the service learning projects.
The board is composed of community leaders who have a broad range of backgrounds, including a founder of a local international culture festival, the head of diversity initiatives at a local community college, and spiritual and social action agency leaders.
The board is chaired by Dr. David Trinkle, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's associate dean for community and culture, and meets on a quarterly basis.