Texas A&M CVM Earns Second HEED Award For Commitment To Diversity
Posted October 11, 2018
the second consecutive year, the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) has been
selected for the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in
Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the
oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher
The CVM was one of 35 U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy,
osteopathic, nursing, veterinary, allied health, and other health
schools and centers to receive the national honor, which recognizes
those that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and
The CVM will be featured, along with 34 other recipients, in the
December 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
This CVM is committed to make the college a welcoming, thriving,
and inclusive place for all; the college is one of the only
veterinary colleges in America to dedicate an associate dean to
diversity for the college.
The college also offers inclusive climate trainings for
mediation certification, suicide prevention, difficult dialogues,
speaking out against injustice, and becoming an Aggie Ally.
“Winning this award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for the
second year in a row is an incredible honor for our college,” said
Dr. Eleanor Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine at
Texas A&M University. “Our dedicated focus on working and
learning in inclusive environments is paramount to the success of
our faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
“We work together to recruit a diverse student body, faculty,
and staff, and we celebrate the contributions of every member of
our college toward this effort,” she said. “This work will make our
entire college community better prepared to live in our
Recruitment and retention of outstanding underrepresented
minority (URM) students can be seen in the Doctor of Veterinary
Medicine (DVM) program and in undergraduate and graduate programs
through the development of memorandum of agreements (MOAs) with
colleges and universities across the state. These programs are
designed to promote inclusion, diversity, and access.
The CVM also has strong student and college organizations
dedicated to supporting a welcoming learning environment. These
include the Council on Diversity and Professionalism (CDP), a
committee that includes undergraduate and graduate students,
faculty, and staff, as well as a group of elected representatives
from each veterinary class that works to promote an inclusive,
respectful, and welcoming environment in the college; VOICE
(Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment), a
student-run organization that addresses socio-cultural awareness
among veterinary students, faculty, and staff; and Broad Spectrum,
which works to connect, support, and empower LGBTQ+ veterinary
students and allies.
Only two other colleges of veterinary medicine across the
country were selected for a HEED award—The Ohio State University
College of Veterinary Medicine and Michigan State University
College of Veterinary Medicine.
“The Health Professions HEED Award process consists of a
comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions
relating to the recruitment and retention of students and
employees—and best practices for both; continued leadership support
for diversity; and other aspects of campus diversity and
inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into
Diversity magazine. “We take a detailed approach to reviewing each
application in deciding who will be named a Health Professions HEED
Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for schools
where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being
accomplished every day across their campus.”
For more information about the 2017 Health Professions HEED
Award, visit www.insightintodiversity.com.
For more information about the Texas
A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences,
please visit our website at vetmed.tamu.edu or join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Contact Information: Megan Palsa, Executive Director of
Communications, Media & Public Relations, Texas A&M College
of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Science; firstname.lastname@example.org;
979-862-4216; 979-421-3121 (cell)
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