Texas A&M Student LGVMA Article
July 30, 2012
Texas A&M Student LGVMA
We are excited to announce that after a few years of inactivity
the Texas A&M Student Chapter of the LGVMA is back up and
running. This April, we held our first meeting to discuss
future plans and elect leadership. Our new officers include
Joseph Hicks as president, Ash Mills as vice president, Elise
Jemmott as secretary, and Christine Elkins as treasurer.
We are proud of the great turnout to this first meeting
(over 30 students) and the enthusiasm with which those in
attendance carried themselves.
This revitalization of the A&M LGVMA started with the recent
AAVMC survey. After the survey results were released, student
leadership in the Council for Diversity and Professionalism (CDP),
a long-standing group within the college charged to help provide
advice to the administration and also actively develop programs
that promote a positive, welcoming environment within the college,
realized a need to focus on promoting a positive environment for
LGBT students. As such, they requested that AVMA Director,
Dr. Michael Chaddock, visit our campus with his presentation on
LGBT Issues in Veterinary Medicine. With a turnout of over
100 students, Dr. Chaddock brought up the issue that the A&M
CVM needed to bring back the LGVMA. In addition, as a pledge
to promote diversity within our college, the leadership of the
College, Dean Eleanor Green and Associate Dean for Professional
Programs Kenita Rogers made significant financial support available
to help our organization get up to speed again.
Our sincere gratitude goes to Dr. Chaddock for his amazing
inspiration and to our administration for providing such an
awe-inspiring gift. Special thanks also go to our faculty
advisors, professor Dr. Jörg Steiner and CVM Chief of Staff John
Scroggs, whose encouragement has been invaluable as we continue to
rebuild our organization.
We look forward to providing a network for LGBT students within
the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. This
is truly a great time to be an Aggie vet student as we continue to
promote a friendly and diverse environment.
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