Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) believe that patient care, research, and educational experiences are optimized when we create a culture that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. We are committed to providing the highest quality care for everyone and to collectively addressing systemic inequities to improve health for our patients, workforce and communities. VUMC and VUSM have dedicated teams and resources focused on these two distinct areas: Health Equity and Inclusive Excellence. Health equity - optimal health across all populations - is the focus of the Office of Health Equity. Inclusive excellence - a diverse workforce and student body in which everyone thrives and feels they belong - is the focus of the VUMC Office of Diversity and Inclusion and VUSM Office for Diversity Affairs. To explore each office's distinct mission, check out the boxes below.

Fighting Racism at VUMC and VUSM:
In the summer of 2020, Vanderbilt University Medical Center committed to addressing racial equity and confronting structural racism. Our Racial Equity Plan outlines goals, actions, accountability and milestones for advancing racial equity at VUMC and VUSM. The VUMC and VUSM community are able to access the Racial Equity Plan now. Members of the public can use our Racial Equity Plan Request REDCap form to upload their contact information in order to be notified when the public plan is availableTo learn more about the racial equity planning process, including the VUMC and VUSM Racial Equity Task Force, please visit the Addressing Racial Equity at VUMC and VUSM page.

Office of Health Equity

The Office of Health Equity serves as an institutional home for nurturing and catalyzing educational, research, clinical, and operational initiatives to create equitable health outcomes for our patients, workforce, and communities.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion serves to cultivate a workforce that is diverse and inclusive, and reflects the populations we serve. ODI is primarily a resource for staff and faculty.

DEI Toolkit

Office for Diversity Affairs

The Office for Diversity Affairs seeks to recruit and retain students and trainees from diverse backgrounds and is committed to their success and full participation. ODA is primarily a resource for learners.

Seeking guidance in developing a health equity, antiracism, or diversity & inclusion lens in your work?

To request help, guidance, or assistance in your work in health equity, antiracism and/or diversity & inclusion, please reach out to equity@vumc.org