The education, research and patient care mission of Macon & Joan Brock Virginia Health Sciences At Old Dominion University is shaped by many considerations: the demographics of the surrounding communities, the significant presence of military personnel, retirees and their families, the rural and underserved communities of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the broader national and global need to address gaps in the health workforce and the accessibility of health care.

Brock Virginia Health Sciences has a unique history as one of the few institutions in the United States established by the local community to serve the local community. Indeed, its vision is to be the most community-oriented school of medicine and health professions in the nation. In fulfilling that vision, Brock VHS strives to attract talented students, trainees, faculty, staff and leaders who bring diverse attributes and experience to drive our collective commitment to excellence.

Brock VHS embraces diversity broadly defined, but places a special emphasis on recruitment of women and traditionally underrepresented minorities in medicine and the health professions. This includes individuals from various racial and ethnic backgrounds, with differing gender identities and expressions, veterans and individuals who come from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. Acknowledging that diversity is a fluid and evolving concept, we will continually strive to be inclusive of individuals and groups in the broadest possible manner. 

Adopted: June 11, 2013

Updated: Dec. 13, 2022