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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

Virginia Tech's Professional Development Network

Virginia Tech's Professional Development Network offers numerous courses related to inclusive practices and is open to all Virginia Tech staff and faculty with a VT PID. View the course calendar.

The VTCSOM Aequitas Health Honor Society chapter is pleased to announce its inaugural class of fellows: Luma Abunimer, Macy Marcucci, Satyanarayana Vedula, and Sarah Yosief. Over the next year they will work together to develop and execute a common project that aims to advance health equity in our community. VTCSOM will honor these students during their graduation ceremony next year highlighting the work they have done with their collective project during their 4th year.

Diversity and Inclusion Notes

  • In honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, Mia Edelson, class of 2025, and Courtney Powell, community and culture manager, researched and highlighted Jewish physicians and scientists who have helped to advance medical education and patient care. 
  • On June 14, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team will host Literacy Towards Health: Understanding Immigrant and Refugee Patient Perspectives and Experiences in Healthcare as part of the diversity and inclusion belonging series. At this event, panelists and presenters will discuss and explore cultural nuances, historical perspectives, and diversity of the immigrant population and the stories they tell that are critical when caring for displaced populations.
  • Holidays and observances in the month of June:
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month
    • Immigrant Heritage Month
    • 4–6 (sundown to sundown):  Shavuot
    • 5: Pentecost
    • 12: Trinity Sunday
    • 14: Flag Day (United States)
    • 15: Native American Citizenship Day, commemorating the day in 1924 when the US Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans
    • 16: Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev
    • 16: Corpus Christi
    • 19: Juneteenth (Freedom Day, Emancipation Day)
    • 20: World Refugee Day
    • 21: National Indigenous Peoples Day or First Nations Day (Canada)
    • 24: Litha, the summer solstice
    • 24: Feast of the Most Sacred Heart
    • 26: LGBTQ+ Pride Day (United States), commemorating the Stonewall Riots that occurred on June 28, 1969
    • 29: Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul

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.