UVA's Commitment to Diversity

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UVA's Commitment to Diversity

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Diversity stands with ethics, integrity, and academic excellence, as a cornerstone of University culture. The University promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines. When people of different backgrounds come together, they exchange ideas, question assumptions (including their own), and broaden the horizons for us all. A University of Virginia community rich in diversity affords every member equal respect – and provides a forum for understanding our differences as well as our commonalities.

-Teresa Sullivan, University of Virginia President

Mission and Vision

The School of Medicine is committed to diversity and excellence in education. Please see our mission and vision statements below:


To provide excellence, innovation, and superlative quality in care of patients, the training of health professionals, and the creation and sharing of health knowledge within a culture that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusiveness.


In all that we do, we work to benefit human health and improve the quality of life. 
We will be:

  • our local community’s provider of choice for its healthcare needs
  • a national leader in quality, patient safety, service, and compassionate care
  • the leading provider of technologically-advanced, ground-breaking care throughout Virginia
  • recognized for translating research discoveries into improvements in clinical care and patient outcomes
  • fostering innovative care delivery and teaching/training models that respond to the evolving health environment
  • a leader in training students and faculty in providing health care free of disparity

Strategic Plan

Please follow the link to read about the SOM Strategic Plan:


For more information about UVA's commitment to diversity and a broader listing of diversity programs, please see the following link: Voices of Diversity