Diversity at the School of Medicine

Standing United Against Racism

Statement Regarding the Racially Motivated Shootings in Buffalo

The multiple hate crimes of this past weekend were horrific. The racist attack at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, killing ten people and injuring three others — 11 of the 13 victims being Black — was one of three mass shootings this weekend in the United States. We continue to be deeply saddened and outraged by the racially motivated hate crimes in our country and elsewhere, and extend deepest sympathies to those who lost family, friends, and loved ones in this insidious event.

The UVA School of Medicine and UVA Health is a community of healing, compassion, inclusion, and respect for all. Discrimination and prejudice have no place within and outside of our healthcare walls. The mission of our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the School of Medicine as well as the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement of UVA Health is to cultivate an inclusive community that embraces, values and celebrates diversity as well as one that creates an engaging and equitable environment. Violent acts of racism affect every aspect of our lives, from personal safety, to education, to the health and wellbeing of the people in our communities. Our country must come together to stand against and dismantle racism and discrimination in all forms, especially those of race-related hate and violence.

Together, we join in the hope for a peaceful today, tomorrow, and future, universally free of hate, racism and discrimination.

~ Tracy M. Downs, MD, FACS, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, UVA School of Medicine and Chief Diversity and Community Engagement Officer, UVA Health


Our Mission

To cultivate an inclusive community that embraces, values, and celebrates diversity and creates an engaging, equitable environment.

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Prospective Students

The School of Medicine has a strategy of leveraging diversity and inclusion to drive our mission of excellence in the delivery of quality patient care, the conduct of biomedical research, and the training of health professionals.

UVA aspires to be a national leader in the creation and sharing of health knowledge within a culture that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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Insight Health HEED (Higher Education Excellence in Diversity) Award 2021

Diversity Awards

For the tenth consecutive year, the University of Virginia School of Medicine has earned a national award for its “outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.”
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Student Community Involvement

UVA students can partake in a variety of community volunteer and service activities.
Community Service

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Leadership in Diversity

The Diversity Consortium strives to further diversity at the UVA School of Medicine.
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