NORFOLK (JUNE 3, 2019) – The Community Advisory Board (CAB) recently launched an internal and external review of the diversity, equity and inclusion practices and culture at Eastern Virginia Medical School. The CAB has hired SIR, a Richmond-based research and consulting firm, to perform the internal assessment via one-on-one student, faculty and staff interviews, as well as focus groups comprised of students from both under-represented populations and the general population. SIR will also conduct a survey of all students, faculty and staff, and will widely distribute an online community survey to the public.

The external assessment will be conducted by the CAB initially via two town hall meetings on June 18, 2019. The town hall meetings will be held as follows:

10 – 11:30 a.m.                                                          6 – 7:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church                                      The Kroc Center

820 Colonial Avenue                       & nbsp;                      1401 Ballentine Blvd.

Norfolk, VA 23507                                                    Norfolk, VA 23504

Facilitated by CAB member Ed Ayers, Ph.D., former president of the University of Richmond, the town hall meeting will allow attendees to provide feedback about EVMS, submit questions to the CAB and complete online surveys.

Richard Homan, M.D., president, provost and dean of the EVMS School of Medicine, appointed the CAB in February after news reports revealed a racist photograph on Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s EVMS yearbook page. After weeks of research and deliberation regarding the best approach to this issue, the CAB members determined it would best serve the community by focusing on more than just yearbooks.

The culture of diversity, equity and inclusion within EVMS and the perceptions of the community it serves will be the focus of the CAB’s work. The CAB will combine its findings from the town hall meetings and other community listening sessions with SIR’s research studies to craft a final report with recommendations to submit to Homan and EVMS leadership.

The town hall meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact CAB chair Gilbert T. Bland at