CVMBS Leadership and Communication in Action

Even in the healthiest work environments and relationships, employees can find themselves facing conflict from time to time. Rather than trying to avoid or ignore conflict, the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVBMS) recognizes that “conflict simply is.”

To encourage healthy habits for addressing conflict in the workplace, the CVMBS’ Office for Diversity & Inclusion (D&I), Center for Educational Technologies, and Communications have teamed up to create the Leadership & Communication in Action (LCA) video series to highlight a variety of conflict management skills.

Each two- to three-minute video presents a new LCA skillset that is explained and demonstrated by a CVMBS faculty and/or staff duo.

Enjoy this YouTube playlist celebrating the Leadership & Communication Skillsets at the CVMBS.

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 during the Franco-Mexican War. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, a popular misconception. Instead, it commemorates a single battle. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is a period for recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

Learn more:

  • Insight Into Diversity has highlighted six celebrated authors who convey AAPI experiences through the power of fiction, poetry, and essay.
  • The Asia Society’s blog post, 31 Ways to Celebrate APAH Month, includes live webcast discussions, in-person art tours, and other content available on-demand.

Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM)

Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) is celebrated each May in recognition of the indelible contributions American Jews have made, and continue to make, to our nation’s history, culture, and society. JAHM was first celebrated in May 2011 following a presidential proclamation by former President Barack Obama. Each year, this national celebration shows the ways in which Jewish American history deserves our collective attention, pride, and recognition.

Mental Health Awareness Month

In addition to May being Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s also Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 2008 to start changing this. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage, and the stigma of mental illness requires all of us. In many communities, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma, and lower quality care.

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Microaggressions Are Often Misunderstood

One of the best ways to reduce incidents of workplace microaggressions is to first take a step back to soberly confront and dismantle some commonly held myths. Here are five particularly tragic race related microaggression myths that everyone should be aware of.

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Culture & Identity: What’s the intent behind a simple question like, “What are you?”

This episode examines what the question “What are you?” really means to journalist Soledad O’Brien, comedian Kate Rigg, and professor Ann Morning. It also examines the history and context of how we perceive and count who belongs to which race. The U.S. may be 2% mixed race, or well over 40%; it all depends on how we choose to count.

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Inclusion Catalyst: Inclusive Conversations with Mary-Frances Winters

Mary-Frances Winters talks about her latest work, Inclusive Conversations: Fostering Equity, Empathy, and Belonging across DifferencesInclusive Conversations relates conversational conditions to the current climate and illustrates how to navigate inclusive conversations in uncomfortable or new situations.