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Celebrating Black History Month: Celebrating Black History Month


Celebrate Black History Month at VTCSOM, where the rich tapestry of African American contributions to medicine, science, and healthcare is honored and highlighted.

Henrietta Lacks Excellence in Medicine Scholarship

Medical School Honors Henrietta Lacks’ Legacy Through Diversity Scholarship

In a significant move to champion diversity and pay homage to the legacy of Henrietta Lacks, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) renamed its VTC Dean's Council Diversity Excellence in Medicine Endowed Scholarship to the Henrietta Lacks Excellence in Medicine Scholarship.

History of Health Diversity in Roanoke

History of Health Diversity in Roanoke

At the turn of the 20th century, Roanoke was a young, industrial town crowded with laborers who had come to work for the Norfolk and Western Railway. It was a time when medical advances were just coming to the Roanoke Valley. It was also a time of two distinct societies separated by skin color. One thing the African-American community did not have was adequate healthcare.

Self-Guided Gainsboro History Tour 5K

Self-Guided Gainsboro History Tour 5K

Developed by the Fralin Biomedical Research Insitute at VTC and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, this virtual 5K is part of the Welcoming Roanoke campaign for equality and inclusion. 

On the Gainsboro History Tour of African American Culture - 5K informational walk, you'll explore the historic Gainsboro neighborhood, a predominantly Black enclave where more than a century ago residents seeded their own self-sufficient businesses, medical facilities, churches, and schools, and fostered one of the most vibrant centers of Black culture and commerce in the American South.

Sites on the Tour

  1. Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare/Burrell Memorial Hospital (611 McDowell Ave. NW)
  2. Lucy Addison High School Monument Wall (1120 5th St. NW)
  3. Washington Park (1600 Burrell St. NW)
  4. Harrison School Apartments (523 Harrison, Ave. NW)
  5. Oliver Hill and Edward Dudley Homeplaces (401 and 405 Gilmer Ave. NW)
  6. Gainsboro Library and Claytor Compound (15 Patton Ave. NW)
  7. Dumas Center for Artistic and Cultural Development (108 1st. St.)
  8. Martin Luther King Jr. Statue and Bridge (Beside Dumas Center)
  9. Harrison Museum of African American Culture (1 Market Square SE)
  10. End Racism Mural (200 Campbell Ave SW)

Take the tour and share your journey on social media using the hashtag: #RoanokeBlackHistory5K


Center For Inclusion

Center For Inclusion

In the spirit of InclusiveVT and to demonstrate our commitment to Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), the Center for Inclusion is a partnership between the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

The Center is designed to be an inviting and inclusive space for all students, postdoctoral fellows, and residents, and is open to everyone on the campus. The Center is a place to have meetings or gatherings, host discussions, utilize resources, or simply find quiet between classes and research.

The Center for Inclusion is located in 1 Riverside on the second floor at 205B beside the Student Services office space. 

Events in February 2024

Exploring Mental Health In The African-American Community

When: February 6th, 2024

Time: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Where: VTCSOM, 2 Riverside Circle, M106 (Roanoke Campus)

Contact: Stephanie Picado -


The BOC, BSA, and BCC Present: Melissa Proctor

When: February 21st, 2024

Time: 6:00 pm

Where: Moss Art Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24061


Register for the Front Porch Conversation

When: February 21st, 2024

Time: 4:00 PM

Where: Webinar


Rustin (2023) Movie Screening

When: February 22nd, 2024

Time: 7:00 PM

Where: Haymarket Theater


Roanoke's Black Medical History

When: February 22nd, 2024

Time: 6:00 pm

Where: Gainsboro Branch Library, 15 Patton Ave NW Roanoke, VA 24016


Uplifting Black Men Conference

When: February 24th, 2024

Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Where: Goodwin Hall at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg Campus)

Free Registration

Lunch is Provided


Holding Space and Hearing Voices:

A Conversation about Black Women in Higher Education

When: January 26th, 2024

Time: 12:00 pm

Where: The Black Cultural Center (BCC), Squires Student Center, RM126


Screening of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

When: February 27th, 2024

Time: 6:00 PM

Where: Grandin Theatre, 1310 Grandin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24015


Hidden in Plain Sight

The politics of the memorialization of slavery in Charleston, SC

When: February 28th, 2024

Time: 5:30 PM

Where: Newman Library -1st floor - Goodall Room (MPR)