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Leading the World

Leading the World

CVM awarded the 2017 HEED National Excellence in Diversity Award among Veterinary Colleges




Award Winners

Dean Eleanor M. Green

Dean Eleanor M. Green was awarded the Women’s Progress Award for an Administrator at the Texas A&M Women’s Leadership Forum and was recognized by the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association with the 2012 Achievement Award.

Dr. Kenita Rogers

Dr. Kenita Rogers (Executive Associate Dean & Director of Diversity & Inclusion) received the 2016 National Broad Spectrum LGBT+ Awareness Award and CVM Dean’s Impact Award.

Dr. Linda Logan

Dr. Linda Logan, (Director of International Programs) was awarded the National International Veterinary Congress Prize in 2014.

Erin Black

DVM Student Erin Black earns 2016 National AAVMC Patricia M. Lowrie Diversity Leader Scholarship.

Diarra Williams

Ph.D. Student Diarra Williams is a National Winner of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Diversity Poster competition in 2017.

Austin Hardegree

DVM Student Austin Hardegree received 2017 the National Broad Spectrum’s LGBT+ Awareness Award.



CVM Inclusion & Diversity

The Power of Three !


CVM – VOICE (Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment)

VOICE is a student-run organization that addresses social and cultural awareness among veterinary students, faculty, and staff. Their goal is to be an organized and unified student voice contributing to enhancing the diversity of the profession and the cultural competence of veterinary students. They work with the AVMA, SAVMA, and AAVMC on diversity issues as they relate to the veterinary profession.



CVM – Council on Diversity & Professionalism (CDP)



The Council on Diversity and Professionalism (CDP) is a college-wide committee of faculty, staff, graduate students, BIMS undergraduates and elected representatives from each veterinary class, that promote an inclusive, respectful, and welcoming environment within the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

They serve as a forum for discussing current issues within the CVM that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, geographic origin, gender, age, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, and disability. The committee hopes to foster a welcoming, respectful environment for all students, faculty, and staff. CDP encourages open dialogue about diversity and professionalism, and sponsors programs that promote understanding of differences.



CVM - Broad Spectrum

The Broad Spectrum Veterinary Association is an organization for students who are interested in gaining and offering personal and professional support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender veterinary students. In addition to providing an inclusive environment to LGBTQ+ persons and allies, this organization strives to illustrate the relevancy of the LGBTQ+ community to the veterinary profession as a whole.



CVM Serves Broad Spectrum
at the National Level



National Student President: 2016-2017

National Student Vice President: 2017 & 2018

National Board: 4 TAMU students 2017-2018

CVM Spotlights (Programming & Events)



   


CVM Outreach K-12 PEER Program

PEER is a model K-12 outreach program with an incredibly broad reach.
http://peer.tamu.edu/

CVM hosts the PEER program (Partnership for Environmental Education and Rural Health) which provides outreach for science and veterinary medical education to K-12 students. Interest in STEM careers is stimulated through videoconferencing, webcasts, and presentations by students, scientists, and veterinarians.
Last year, there were 50,323 downloads of curricular materials to 187,118 students (52% URM).




Meet the Team

It takes a team to make inclusion and diversity work cohesively in a college. At CVM, inclusion starts at the top, is implemented by many, and is accountable annually. We’re training our students to work in a vibrant and culturally diverse world.



CVM Office of Inclusion & Diversity





Dean Eleanor M. Green
Dr. Kenita Rogers Executive Associate Dean & Director of Diversity & Inclusion Nicole Parker, MPSA, Administrative Coordinator
Dr. Jon Levine, Department Head for Small Animal Clinical Sciences Dr. Bob Burghardt, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Dr. Karen Cornell , Associate Dean for the Professional Programs Office (PPO)
Dr. Jane Welsh, Interim Department Head for Veterinary Integrative Biosciences Dr. Elizabeth Crouch, Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences, Undergraduate Program (BIMS) Dr. Linda Logan, Director of International Programs
Dr. Larry Suva, Department Head for Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology Dr. Gerald Parker, Associate Dean of One Health Dr. Bo Connell, Assistant Dean of Hospital Operations
Dr. Ramesh Vemulapalli, Department Head for Veterinary Pathobiology Dr. Dee Griffin, Director & Dr. Dan Posey, Special Programs director, Both at West Texas A&M’s branch of the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Center (TAMVMC). Belinda Hale, Assistant Dean for Finance
Dr. Susan Eades, Department Head for Large Animal Clinical Sciences

CVM at the National Level

Texas A&M University was the 1st College of Veterinary Medicine in the nation to have an Executive Associate Dean (EAD) serve as CVM Director of Diversity and Inclusion

CVM Leadership at the national level:

  • Dean Green:
    • President of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) 2015

  • Dr. Kenita Rogers, Executive Associate Dean and CVM Director of Diversity and Inclusion & Dr. Karen Cornell, Associate Dean for Professional Programs:
    • Advisors to the National Broad Spectrum Association (LGBTQ+ support)
    • Board Member of Veterinary Leadership Institute (VLI)

  • Dr. Kenita Rogers, Executive Associate Dean and CVM Director of Diversity & Inclusion:
    • AAVMC Veterinary Wellness Advisory Group and Diversity Committee
    • Chair of TAMU’s Women Administrators Network
    • Co-Chaired the TAMU Campus Climate Conference 2015
    • National Broad Spectrum LGBTQ+ Awareness Award 2016

  • Dr. Karen Cornell, Associate Dean for the Professional Programs Office:
    • Co-Coordinator of the AAVMC Leadership Academy
    • National SAVMA Symposium representative (held at TAMU in 2017) and symposium on wellness programming trainer




Being Accountable



At CVM, we take a holistic view of diversity and inclusion that looks beyond the standard measurements and addresses what matters. The varied perspectives of our faculty, staff, and students inspire the future of science and how veterinary medicine is applied. CVM knows new ideas come from diverse ways of seeing the world.


Accountability built in from the top down


National Level:

Each year, CVM submits reporting data to AAVMC for a comparative study with all other US CVMs. BIMS continuously tracks its demographics and retention of URM students to graduation. Leadership opportunities for all employees remain a top priority.



University Level:

Every college and unit at TAMU presents annually to the TAMU President, Provost, and VP for Diversity on their annual contributions, challenges, and accomplishments over the past year. Dr. Kenita Rogers, Executive Associate Dean is the CVM Director for Diversity & Inclusion and is accountable to the CVM Dean, and Executive Committee.



College Level:

At the college level, annual performance evaluations for all positions reporting directly to the Dean include diversity accountability as a required element. The CVM Executive Council (EC) discusses implicit bias and best practices for hiring and recruiting before approving faculty search parameters and TAMU Search Committee training is required of all CVM committee chairs, and in some departments, all members. Other training for professional development and diversity are regarded positively in annual performance evaluations. CVM Mediation and conflict management training has been made available to leaders at all levels for faculty and staff. Inclusion and diversity programming takes place at the college, department, and classroom level.




"Every snowflake is different; no two leaves are the same: similar, sure but not identical. Diversity is the biggest blessing of our existence."

~Maggie Huffman

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