Presentations sponsored by the VCDI are designed to provide the Brody community with exposure to and education about different cultures. In addition, presentations may provide a forum to improve our understanding of various diversity issues. By delivering these presentations to faculty, students and staff to we hope to increase the practice of culturally sensitivity medicine and to facilitate the attainment of a diverse work environment. Examples of diversity programming delivered by the VCDI include:
Diversity of Traditions
This is a series of presentations organized by the VCDI. This series is designed to provide the Brody community with exposure to and education about Cultural Perspectives on Death, Dying and Bereavement, Islam and Native American Traditions, Catholicism and Judaism, Buddhism and African-American Traditions.
A viewing and discussion of PBS original programming, "Unnatural Causes" is presented to the BSOM students. The episodes most often viewed by our students include, "When the bough breaks" which examines how racial bias impacts birth outcomes and "Becoming American" examines how Latino immigrants become unhealthy after living in America for an extended period of time.
Safe Zone Training: The Safe Zone Program @ East Carolina University is designed to increase the campus community's understanding and awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) issues in an effort to develop a more open and honest environment. VCDI hosts 2 SafeZone trainings each academic year.