It has been said we learn the most from those with whom we have the least in common. Diversity enhances any learning experience and fosters a free exchange of ideas from different perspectives. That is why the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine embraces inclusion and diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The school actively promotes an environment of inclusiveness and mutual respect within its doors as well as in the broader community. Its commitment to celebrating individual differences enhances its powerful, thought-provoking learning environment.
The school’s diversity policy targets four underrepresented groups:
- African American, Hispanic, and Native American populations;
- Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics);
- First-generation college students; and
- Socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, also known as distance traveled.
“When we cultivate diversity, we become something greater than an academic institution. We become a voice of mindfulness and respect within our community, the nation, and the world.”
—Dr. David Trinkle, associate dean of community and culture Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine