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. Explore each office's distinct mission below.

Standing Against Racism at VUMC and VUSM: Learn more here

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 an antiracism, health equity, or diversity & inclusion lens in your work?

Please reach out to equity@vumc.org to submit a request for this type of assistance.