Diversity Initiatives

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s commitment to diversity starts within its doors.Those who enter the campus are greeted with a palpable feeling that it is a safe and positive environment where differences can be freely expressed and where understanding and mutual respect are the norm.

The school encourages inclusiveness of diverse cultures and beliefs through several programs:

Lunch and Learns: These informal events offer faculty, staff, and students opportunities to gather for open conversations about given topics. Participants are encouraged to add their own thoughts, ideas, and perspectives to the discussion. Lunch and Learns give people a chance to enrich their understanding and broaden their exposure to diverse perspectives. See upcoming and previous Lunch and Learn program events.

Black History Month: The school participates in Black History Month observances each February by hosting guest speakers, presentations, and other events that celebrate the achievements of Americans of African descent.

Safe Zone Program The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine participates in the Safe Zone Program, which educates the school’s community on topics related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their supporters. The program reinforces the school’s commitment to providing an inclusive and accepting campus environment. More information is available at Virginia Tech's Division of Student Affairs website.

Women’s History Month:
Each March, the school hosts programs and activities as part of the worldwide celebration of Women’s History Month, which highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

Initiatives on Virginia Tech’s Main Campus in Blacksburg:

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity coordinates numerous diversity and inclusion efforts, including lunch and learn programs, speakers, and special events.

Contact Us

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
2 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA 24016

Karen Eley Sanders, EdD
Chief Diversity Officer

Read about Dr. Sanders’ appointment

Lauren Wiley
Admissions Recruitment Coordinator


These informal programs, held over lunch, are open to all Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute faculty, staff, and students at no charge. See upcoming and previous Lunch and Learn program events.