The Diversity Officer on each of the four VCOM campuses promotes an inclusive atmosphere where all students, faculty, and staff feel welcomed and respected. Each Officer chairs the VCOM Diversity and Inclusion Committee on their campus and guides a mindset of supporting diversity as a richness of human differences and encompassing race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, and geography; and fosters a sense of belonging, respect, and value for all.
The Diversity Officer also meets with the various student minority organizations and representatives of a diverse student body to hear their concerns in a safe space, and assist with planning to address the concerns in a positive manner that supports both the students and the College as a whole. Students can be assured that the Diversity Officers will be available to meet with them to address concerns in confidence.
VCOM’s Diversity Officers serve as a conduit of information with the Campus Dean and higher administration on suggestions for positive change toward improving inclusion on campus and in the community, to promote equal access to health and healthcare and reduce healthcare disparities.