Annual Report: DEI

The UVA School of Medicine promotes diversity and continues to further its strategic goals of transforming health care, erasing disparities, and inspiring hope — regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or identity, or disability.

Martin Luther King Award

Jacqueline Carson, Dr. Perry Bradford, Mariana Araujo, and Dr. Richard Merkel received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., UVA Health Award, given annually to those who embody Dr. King’s values and teachings (not pictured, awardee Dr. Cathy Campbell)

“Diversity, equity, and inclusion is not a requirement to be met; it’s a way of life deeply valued by us all.” ~ Tracy M. Downs, MD Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

2021 – 2022 By The Numbers


Female Faculty


Female Graduate Students


Female Medical Students


URM* Faculty


URM* Graduate Students


URM* Medical Students

*Underrepresented in medicine

BIMS Student-Advisor Pair Awarded Gilliam Fellowship, for Diversity in Science

Sarah Ewald, PhD,Nadia HolnessNadia Holness, a UVA School of Medicine biomedical sciences (BIMS) graduate student, and her adviser, Sarah Ewald, PhD, were awarded a 2022 Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.The program invests in graduate students from populations historically underrepresented in science and their advisors. This is UVA’s first Gilliam.

Holness is conducting research in the lab of Dr. Ewald to understand how a cell recognizes that it is infected.

Faculty Contribute to AAMC Report on Sexual Harassment

AAMC Report coverFour faculty members from the School contributed to a first-of-its-kind report from the American Association of Medical Colleges. Understanding and Addressing Sexual Harassment in Academic Medicine analyzed the prevalence and experiences of sexual harassment among U.S. medical school faculty and found that 22% of all faculty and 34% of women faculty experienced sexual harassment