UVA Diversity Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” -James Baldwin

UVA has prioritized excellence in diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facilities and academic, clinical, residential, and research spaces.  The University of Virginia School of Medicine intends to provide a diverse, inclusive and welcoming educational and clinical environment where differences are celebrated, discrimination is not tolerated, and inclusion is expected.  Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to share ideas, experiences, and observations in a safe, respectful environment where open communication is the norm.  All acknowledge opportunities to improve conditions for students, faculty, staff, patients, and visitors and strive to make UVA the academic institution and health system of choice.


About us: We are a group of trainees, faculty and staff who work together to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in our department. Through an inclusive education, advocacy and a welcoming culture, we aim to enhance representation, promote community engagement, mental health and well being.




Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Faculty, Staff and Trainees

Have involvement in the hiring process of trainees, faculty and staff. Organize opportunities for recruitment and retention of members of our department, in order to increase representation of our patient population, promote best practices, and increase health equity.



Community Engagement

Promote and provide services to minority and underserved communities. Collaborate with our department’s Outreach Program in engaging with local organizations to promote community-led mental health programming, and creating a bridge between UVA resources and community partners in order to reduce gaps for mental health access.



Education and Advocacy

Promote and increase education on health disparities, specifically among Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and LGBTQ+ communities. Create a curriculum of anti-racism in the medical field and raise awareness on social and political events affecting the mental health of our patient population. For this population it is important to recognize how social inequalities intersect with mental health stigmas.