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“Diversity is not only a numerical goal; there is a fluid progression that must be evaluated. Inclusion as a Strategy for Excellence, in the School of Medicine, is the recognition that the institution’s success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes diverse faculty, staff, students, patients, and suppliers. More than a short-term project or a narrow initiative, this comprehensive approach requires a fundamental transformation of the School’s culture by embedding and practicing inclusion in every effort, aspect, and level of the institution. The goal is to make inclusion a norm that is implemented and practiced.
The concept of Inclusion as a Strategy for Excellence within the School of Medicine is a departure from a simplistic definition of diversity to a more comprehensive, and omnipresent notion of inclusiveness that envelopes several ideologies. Inclusiveness and Excellence are interdependent, as opposed to the traditional perspective that separates the two concepts. To practice inclusiveness is a demonstration of excellence.
Our plan is to shift the responsibility for diversity and inclusiveness onto all administrators, faculty, staff,researchers, and students within the School of Medicine. This is in contrast to one unit or department shouldering the responsibility for diversity. A single department or person can guide the process, but every individual with the School, from the Dean to individual employees, assumes responsibility for change.
In effect, this will shift the School away from conceptualizing diversity solely as a numerical goal of diverse faculty, employees, vendors, and applicants to transforming the institution into a vibrant community that embeds the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan throughout the institution in multiple ways.
Our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan throughout the institution includes demographics, policies, research, financial resources, leadership, hiring, organizational learning, organizational structure, marketing, outreach, technology, performance management, communications, promotion, assessment, and evaluation. This Plan employs a broad and inclusive definition of diversity that includes disability, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, race/ethnicity, nationality, and other social dimensions that are important for the School and academic medicine. The magnitude of inclusivity will impact faculty, staff, and students alike, and we can embed a more Diverse outlook onto the School of Medicine.”

Greg Townsend, MD
Associate Dean for Diversity



The Board of Visitors approved the creation of “The Marcus L. Martin Distinguished Professorship of Emergency Medicine in the School of Medicine”Marcus Martin md

Dr. Martin is a native of Covington, Virginia, who earned his bachelor’s degrees in pulp and paper technology (1970) and chemical engineering (1971) from North Carolina State University. While at N.C. State, he was the first African American to play varsity football and was a founding member of their Board of Visitors. He was a member of the charter class of Eastern Virginia Medical School and the first African American graduate; he took his medical degree in 1976.
Dr. Martin was commissioned by the U.S. Public Health Service and later served as general medical officer at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico. He completed emergency medicine residency training at the University of Cincinnati in 1981 and held a series of staff and administrative/teaching posts at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh where he also served on the Pastoral Care Committee.
Dr. Martin is professor and past chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University. He held the chair position from July 1996 to December 2006. Dr. Martin also served as the clinical director of the summer program for underrepresented pre-med students, the Summer Medical Dental Education Program (formerly MAAP). He was the first African American to head a clinical department at the University.
During his tenure in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Martin established the Emergency Medicine Center for Education, Research and Technology Board and the Life Saving Techniques course for medical students which uses computerized human patient simulation.
Dr. Martin has published widely in journals and has contributed textbook and book chapters in his area of medical expertise. In addition, Dr. Martin has served as Assistant Dean, School of Medicine, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Equity, and Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equity. On July 25, 2009, Dr. Martin was appointed Interim Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity. On April 1, 2011, Dr. Martin was appointed Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity.
Dr. Marcus Martin’s passion for outreach is well known and much appreciated in the community. Dr. Martin serves on the Chaplaincy Service Pastoral Consultation Committee. He was a Board Member for 12 years and past president of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). He is past president of the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors. He received the 1994 Emergency Medicine Residents’ Joseph F. Waeckerle Founders Award. He is the recipient of the 2008 SAEM Diversity Interest Group Leadership Award, named the Marcus L. Martin Leadership Award in his honor. Dr. Martin serves as co-chair of the President’s Commission on Slavery and the University, and his office coordinates numerous committees and councils in support of diversity and inclusion as well as the annual Charlottesville Community Health Fair and the annual Community Martin Luther King Celebration.
In service to the University and community, Dr. Martin serves on numerous committees and boards. He is the principal investigator for the NSF grant- funded Virginia-North Carolina Alliance, leading an alliance of nine Virginia and North Carolina institutions whose goal is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students receiving science, technology, engineering, and math degrees.