The SCIE Ambassador Program is an inter-professional leadership opportunity for students who are interested in and have a passion for cultivating diversity and inclusion across the medical campus. Designed for students who self-identify as coming from under-represented backgrounds, the SCIE Ambassador Program provides students with an opportunity to connect with peers, faculty, and administrators from all of the health sciences schools who similarly identify. Selected Ambassadors spend a year in residence wherein they meet periodically throughout the month to receive training and to discuss their experiences as under-represented minorities in the health sciences. While Ambassadors are presented with a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the year, they continue to serve in the role of SCIE Ambassadors until graduation. This ongoing role involves continuing to be an agent of change around diversity issues on campus by sharing their experiences, making recommendations for improvement, and taking advantage of opportunities when possible.
The co-curricular course is a semester long class for health sciences students. Sessions will focus on raising self-awareness of implicit bias and increasing knowledge of how bias may affect healthcare delivery, access, and utilization. The Office of Student Experience is dedicated to helping emerging health care professionals gain self-awareness and an understanding of the basic tenets of health equity in relation to care for marginalized patient groups. We strive to incorporate tools and strategies to help mediate the effect of implicit bias on patient care. This is particularily important in the time of COVID-19 as we provide health services in Richmond communities that have experienced historical or modern-day discrimination.
Co-created and co-facilitated by experts across the state, the two-year Virginia AHEC Scholars Program supports a diverse group of students in Virginia, creating a multidisciplinary team of health professionals committed to both community service and the transformation of health care. All health sciences students are encouraged to apply.