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. Many of the topics covered during these Lunch and Learn events allow participants to earn credit toward the Diversity Development Certificate Programs offered by Virginia Tech.
VTCUnfinished is a series of discussions about difference and identity as part of an InclusiveVT initiative to listen, share, and learn about experiences that will lead to unfinished conversations intended to create pauses or gaps in order to help participants identify where differences lie.
Using the social media hashtag #VTCUnfinished, the meetings are intended to encourage students, faculty, staff, and the broader community to share their experiences, stories, questions, and apprehensions about the complicated issues of identity and differences.
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.
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.
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.
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.