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Diversity is one of RVU’s Core Values and students continually strive to become more socially conscious physicians in a world made up of diverse populations.

“In today’s society—which is more divided than ever before—it is crucial to…showcase our diversity. When we understand each other’s differences and perspectives, we can move towards tolerance and inclusion.” Gurpreet Kaur, OMS III

The Days of Diversity (DOD) Committee is comprised of students from the DO, MSBS, and PA programs. Advised by the Director of Student Life, these students learn how to develop and deliver programming that will empower, inspire, and equip the student body to practice as socially conscious health care providers. Student leaders that are part of the DOD committee are called Days of Diversity Ambassadors and encourage their peers to attend DOD events throughout the year.


Presidential Message | Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 15, 2021

Presidential Message | Martin Luther King Jr. Day [January 15, 2021] Dear RVU Family, This coming Monday, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In the decades after his untimely death, his work to secure equal rights for all members of our society has continued to inspire us. On this day, we can honor Dr. King with one of his greatest hopes for our society and one which I call upon the RVU community to fulfill in whatever way you are able: providing service in your community. As stated by Dr. King, “Life’s most persistent […]

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Presidential Message | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force Update

November 13, 2020

Presidential Message | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force Update Dear RVU Family,  I am pleased to announce the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force (DEITF) has been selected. Team Chairs have been appointed to lead the four task force designations – Community, Climate, Curriculum and Communication. Teams are composed of employees from both campuses as well as students from all programs.  During the next 90 days the teams will engage in a process to help RVU strengthen its foundation of diversity, equity, and inclusion.   This is valuable work and the four teams have much to accomplish in a compressed time-frame.  […]

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Presidential Message | Jewish High Holy Days

September 18, 2020

Presidential Message | Jewish High Holy Days [September 18, 2020] Dear RVU Family, As part of our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at RVU, we are seeking to increase our understanding of other cultures and religions by providing information regarding their major holidays. By learning about perspectives different from our own, we can strive to increase understanding, reduce prejudices and biases, and further open our hearts and minds to cultures different from our own. The first of our series is the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur written by Brian Schwartz, PhD, our Director of Library […]

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