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Karen Eley Sanders, MS, EdD

Azziza O. (Kemi) Bankole, MBBS

Chief Diversity Officer

Riverside 2 Suite M146

Position Responsibilities

The chief diversity officer is responsible programmatic efforts to improve and promote diversity across the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine community. This includes leading the identification and execution of best practices for the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and students and coordinating activities that support the school’s strategic goals for inclusion and access. The chief diversity officer leads the development and implementation of policies and initiatives that contribute to building a diverse and equitable community that enriches students' education and enhances their ability to participate in a rapidly evolving, multicultural world. 

Education and Training

  • University of Arkansas College of Education & Health Professions: EdD
  • Appalachian State University, Kellogg Institute, Developmental Education Specialist
  • Virginia State University: MS
  • Virginia State University: BS

Additional Positions

  • Senior Instructor, Interprofessionalism, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
  • Associate Vice Provost for College Access, Virginia Tech