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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.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Series

On October 11, 2022, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine hosted a diversity inclusion and belonging event with the title disAbilities at Work: thriving in an abled world. Our three speakers shared stories about how their or family members' disabilities impacted their personal and professional lives. Videos and transcripts for each of the speakers are available at the links below. 

Diversity and Inclusion Notes

  • The Robert A. Winn Diversity in Clinical Trials Award Program is seeking applicants for its program created to increase diversity in clinical trials and transform the clinical research landscape. Sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University through a grant from the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, the program is seeking URM students and early career physicians who are African American or Black/Hispanic or Latino/American Indian or Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander/Southeast Asian (Bhutanese, Cambodian, Cham, Hmong, Indonesian, Lao, Malaysian, Mien, Myanma, Thai, and Vietnamese).
  • The diversity, inclusion, and belonging event hosted by Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine titled disAbilities at Work: Thriving in an Abled World with speakers Mark Nichols, David Hartman, and Carrie Knopf was posted to our website, complete with transcript and resources for each of our speakers, linked below.
    • Mark Nichols: “My parents instilled in me that diversity and inclusion is beautiful.”
    • David Hartman: “The obstacle was not what I could or could not do as a blind person, it was society's low expectations of what I, as a blind person, could do.”
    • Carrie Knopf: “The economic and educational difference that it can have on someone's life to have equal access to education through accommodations and technology is just really profound.”
  • Holidays and observances in the month of November:
    • National Native American Heritage Month
    • National Family Caregivers Month
    • 1:  All Saints’ Day 
    • 1-2: Dia de los Muertos
    • 2: All Souls’ Day
    • 8: Election Day
    • 11:  Veterans Day
    • 13–19: Transgender Awareness Week
    • 19:  International Men’s Day 
    • 20:  Transgender Day of Remembrance
    • 20:  Feast of Christ the King
    • 24:  Thanksgiving Day
    • 25:  Native American Heritage Day
    • November 28–January 6:  Nativity Fast 
    • November 27–December 24:  Advent
    • 30:  St. Andrew’s Day

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.