The administration of the College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences (CVM) is working diligently to enhance the
learning environment through programs designed to increase the
inclusion and diversity of faculty, staff, and students. Our
programs have been integrated with the overall diversity efforts of
the university and have placed the CVM in a leadership role in this
Dean Eleanor Green is a past chair of the Texas A&M
University Council on Climate and Diversity. Additionally, Dr.
Kenita Rogers, the Executive Associate Dean, has been named CVM
Director of Climate and Diversity. Our college has also named Dr.
Linda Logan as Director of International Programs. In recognition
of their diversity efforts, the college has been awarded $390,000
over the past three years from Texas A&M University.
Notable Awards by Administrators for Diversity Programs
The Power of Three
The ‘Power of Three’ is a collection of student organizations
that work together and independently to develop knowledge of and
appreciation for inclusion & diversity at the CVM. Members of
each advise and advocate for specific constituencies and serve as
resources for all students, faculty, and staff.
The International Programs Committee has been successful in
securing more than $100,000 through reallocation funds from the
university to enhance student learning by providing study abroad
opportunities around the world. Undergraduate and professional DVM
students have been able to participate in programs in Europe and
South America, as well as a new program that has been initiated in
Members of the administration, faculty, and staff have actively
participated in diversity seminars that have been offered through
main campus. These training programs have prepared members of the
CVM family to meaningfully engage in an open and diverse
environment and to serve as leaders in future diversity
Financial support for inclusion & diversity programs and
recruitment has been integral to the success of the CVM's
initiatives. The Patterson Minority Fellowship and the TAMU-AFS
Diversity Fellowships have enabled the CVM to recruit high caliber
students from underrepresented minority groups. These funds are
designed to assist these students with scholarly activities as they
pursue veterinary residencies in a specialty area or doctoral
degrees in biomedical sciences.
In addition, the Biomedical Sciences undergraduate program has
continued to reach throughout the State of Texas, building 2 + 2
articulation agreements with junior colleges that facilitate the
admission of students into the Biomedical Sciences program after
successful completion of two years of a prerequisite curriculum at
the junior college. These agreements, and the active recruitment
and advising of students by the Biomedical Sciences advisory team,
have led to one of the highest levels of diversity within the
university. Many of the Biomedical Sciences students are also the
first in their families to attend college.
The CVM will continue to assess current initiatives and plan for
future programs that will address our growing focus on diversity.
As a leader within the university, the CVM recognizes the
importance of a strategic focus to create a welcoming environment
that fosters teamwork, tolerance, and collaborative learning.