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Our Commitments to Diversity and Inclusion

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

Dear VCU and VCU Health Communities,

Many of us across the Commonwealth are deeply disappointed and dismayed by revelations over the weekend surrounding the governor’s admission to behaviors in his past that most find to be culturally and racially disparaging. These revelations remind us of the pain and trauma many people in our state and nation have suffered related to race.

Bigotry and racism, conscious or otherwise, have no place in our Commonwealth or in our society.  I need you to know that VCU will continue to acknowledge the dignity and integrity of all people, and we will not compromise our core values related to diversity, inclusion, and respect for all people.  Nothing could be any more important to me at this time. 

Sincerely,
Michael Rao, President
VCU and VCU Health