PM&R Workgroup for Excellence in Diversity & Inclusive Practices (WEDIP)

Workgroup Charter

Workgroup Owners:

  • Amma Agyemang, PhD
  • Ana Mills, PsyD
  • Anne Chan, DPT, MPH
  • Devin Bowers, MPH
  • Amol Karmarkar, PhD
  • Emilie Pinto, MD
  • Nancy Hsu, PsyD
  • Sharon Mann
  • Olivier Rolin, MD, PhD

Background Information:

Recent events on the local, state and national level beget a great urgency for actively promoting diversity and inclusivity (D&I) awareness and practices in our educational and work environment. Diversity and inclusivity are in current and prominent focus at VCU given the recent hiring of the Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and the formation of the 90-member university task force. The overarching purpose of the PM&R Workgroup for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusive Practices (WEDIP) is to promote the mission and vision of VCU on a departmental level in alignment with the broader VCU strategy. The primary goals are to improve the quality of care to our patients, foster an inclusive and equitable workplace, promote awareness of diversity issues to the next generation of healthcare professionals, and sustain positive cultural change.

Workgroup Objectives:

  1. Assess current D&I needs within PM&R faculty, staff and trainees
  2. Address current D&I needs within PM&R faculty, staff and trainees
  3. Enhance accessibility of support services and reporting process for PM&R faculty, staff and trainees
  4. Ensuring faculty, staff and trainee compliance with university-wide D&I standards of training
  5. Establish a sustainable departmental culture of equity, inclusion and safety

Benefits:

  • Organizational Benefits:
    • Serve as a source of education and consultation for other SOM departments
    • Increase awareness and understanding of faculty, staff and student needs are related to issues of diversity, equity and inclusivity
    • Promote diversity in hiring practices
  • Departmental Benefits:
    • Enhance education and awareness on issues of diversity, inclusion and equity
    • Improve awareness of personal biases and avenues for facilitating positive change
    • Facilitate interactions between faculty, staff and trainees
    • Promote awareness and advocacy for LGBTQIA, religious, racial/ethnic, and other historically underrepresented populations
  • Patient Benefits:
    • Improve care quality and patient experience by promoting an inclusive healthcare environment
    • Identify unique needs and barriers to care resultant from unequitable practice
    • Promote access to relevant safety and inclusivity resources
    • Foster a healthcare culture of safety and inclusivity

Project Scope:

VCU Department of PM&R, inclusive of faculty, staff and trainees; clinical, education/training and research; and inpatient, outpatient, and community service lines.

Resources:

SOM Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion