Community Engagement Advisory Board

The mission of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Community Engagement Advisory Board (CEAB) is to encourage student and faculty engagement in many diverse ways in our community. The board also works to nurture creative and healthy relationships between the local community and the school of medicine, with a chief goal of facilitating diverse and inclusive community-building activities for VTCSOM students, faculty, and staff.

The CEAB achieves its mission by providing guidance to VTCSOM leadership related to the school’s diverse student population, creating a welcoming community environment for students, connecting VTCSOM students with appropriate resources in the community, encouraging involvement of the community in VTCSOM, and encouraging the involvement of VTCSOM faculty, staff, and students in the community.

One example of the CEAB encouraging student involvement in the community is through Student Service Learning Projects. The board provides feedback on these interprofessional extracurricular activities as well as some of the school’s diversity and inclusion outreach programs.

The board is comprised of individuals and leaders from the community with a broad range of backgrounds who are active in diverse community organizations. 

The board chair is VTCSOM associate dean for community and culture, David B. Trinkle, M.D., and the vice-chair is Dr. Karen Eley Sanders, Ed.D. The group meets 2-3 times annually, and the expectation is that board members attend at least one of these meetings as well as at least two VTCSOM community related events per year.

Membership & Membership Criteria

The CEAB strives for diverse board membership. The following characteristics are considered for CDAB membership:

  • Current member of or demonstrated ties with the Roanoke Valley community
  • Demonstrated commitment to and/or experience in higher education, healthcare, sciences, law, or community-organizing
  • Demonstrated experience as a successful leader or role-model within multicultural groups
  • Demonstration of a strong, continuous commitment to diversity through professional, extracurricular activities, and/or leadership roles
  • Significant contribution to and/or formation of a diversity initiative, including program development, training, or advocacy

Individuals interested in receiving more information, including the membership nomination process, should contact the Community and Culture Manager.