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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We commit to being a continuous learning organization that recognizes diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural competency as essential to excellence.  While affirming our common humanity, we expect our learners, staff, and faculty to be sensitive to and respectful of the inherent dignity and worth of each individual in our community.  We embrace innovation in the pursuit of a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment that values open expression and mutual respect so that all may thrive.

Community, Culture and Diversity Calendar

Diversity Highlights

Virtual Safe Zone

TEACH is offering two virtual Safe Zone trainings in January. 

January 12 - Part 1: LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Medicine – Concepts, Terms, and Their Nuances
January 19 Part 2: LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Medicine – Planning for and Accommodating Queerness
See details below

Part 1: LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Medicine – Concepts, Terms, and Their Nuances

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify various sexual and gender identity labels
  • Recognize the spectrums upon which identity labels exist
  • Recognize the complexity that exists between personal identity labels and the umbrella terms that they fall under

Part 2: LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Medicine – Planning for and Accommodating Queerness

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of language and how best to use it
  • Recognize the role sexism plays in trans health care
  • Explain the barriers that keep trans folks from gender-affirming resources
  • Identify strategies for creating a more welcoming and affirming environment for LGBTQ+ individuals

Riverside Chat Series

As part of our commitment to building an inclusive environment that values every member, the VTCSOM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team will be hosting Riverside Chats Series for applicants who are members of groups that are underrepresented in medicine. The sessions take place on the third Thursday each month.  

This forum has been established to serve as an informal venue for applicants to ask questions about our school, what it is like living in Roanoke, and about our community.

Future Doctors Society

The VTCSOM Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in collaboration with the Virginia Tech College Access Collaborative, hosted more than 40 underrepresented minority high school members of the Future Doctors Society from various high schools in Northern Virginia in November. The students had the opportunity to engage with various departments at VTC and learn about what makes us unique. Not only did they get to ask medical students all about their experience getting into medical school, but they also received a presentation from the admissions department to provide guidance on what they can begin doing while in high school to prepare for applying to medical school. Afternoon activities included a handwashing activity where the students learned the importance of proper handwashing using glow lotion and blacklights, a medical school tour, as well as a vital sign activity. Students were provided the gift of a stethoscope and sphygmomanometer kit and practiced taking blood pressures. The students were all interested in the healthcare field and remained engaged during the visit to VTCSOM.

Initiatives and resources

Personal Wellness


Destination Areas link to website


Opportunities for engagement

Beyond Boundaries link to website


Strategic Planning link to web page

Faculty & Staff

Pathways to health care careers

Beyond Boundaries link to website

Pathways for K-12

Strategic Planning link to web page

Pathways for undergraduate students 

About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

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 three underrepresented groups:

  • African American, Hispanic, and Native American populations;
  • First-generation college students; and
  • Socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, also known as distance traveled.

Virginia Tech Principles of Community

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is a college of Virginia Tech. As such, the school adopts and practice these Virginia Tech Principles of Community as fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members.