Texas A&M Student LGVMA
May 08, 2012
Veterinary medical student Joseph Hicks was recently named
president of the Student Chapter of the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary
Medical Association (LGVMA) as the organization marked its return
to Texas A&M after a few years of inactivity.
"This revitalization of the A&M LGVMA started with the
recent American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)
survey on climate and diversity at veterinary medical schools,"
said Hicks. "The student leadership in the Council for Diversity
and Professionalism (CDP) took this information and recognized the
need to focus on promoting a positive environment of LGBT students
within our college."
An initial first step involved a presentation from Dr. Michael
Chaddock, Deputy Director of the American Association of Veterinary
Medical Colleges (AAVMC) about LGBT issues in veterinary medicine.
With more than 100 students in attendance, the administrative team
was pleased to announce a pledge from the college to include
significant financial support to help the organization get up to
"We had more than 30 enthusiastic students at our first
meeting," said Hicks. "It is exciting to get this group going
again, and to have so much support behind it. Special thanks go to
not only those that attended that initial presentation and our
first meeting, but also to our faculty advisor, Dr. Jorg Steiner
and CVM Chief of Staff John Scroggs. We look forward to providing a
network for LGBT students within our college. It is truly a great
time to be an Aggie vet."
Hicks' announcement about the revitalization of the Texas
A&M Student Chapter of the LGVMA is set to be published in the
LGVMA Good News which is the national publication for the
organization. To read Hicks' article,
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
Ofc - (979) 862-2675
Cell - (979) 739-5718
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