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 Veterans Discharged Under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy Eligible for All Benefits

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Monday that veterans who were discharged under the former “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) U.S. military policy are now eligible for all benefits.

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Diversity & Inclusion on Air: Disability and the Job Hunt

Gena Grant, a career counselor at The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine stops by to discuss job seeking with a disability. She offers great advice on accommodations and questions to ask protentional employers.

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Code Switch: The Making and Remaking of Afghanistan

In October 2001—20 years ago—the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in response to the attacks on September 11. Afghanistan has a long, rich, complex history and culture. A lot of it flies in the face of what those of us in the U.S. are exposed to or is in direct opposition to the stereotypes we see portrayed.

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 Keep quiet about homophobia or open up?

Article published in Science by Dr. Brian Mustanski, Director, Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, Northwestern University.

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Diversity & Inclusion on Air: Women, the Academy & the Pandemic

An amazing group of veterinarians sit down to chat about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women faculty. Drs. Tamara Hancock, Debbie Kochevar, Mandy Martinot, and Lubna Nasir talk about their personal experiences and observations.

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Code Switch: Who Runs the World? Kids.

This week will feature some of our favorite student podcasts about race and identity. We’ll have you moose hunting in Alaska, eating Vietnamese-style crawfish in New Orleans, and gawking over beautiful tattoo art in Illinois.

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Study Reveals Contradictions in How Different Groups in the U.S. Perceive Asian Americans

The advocacy group LAAUNCH — or Leading Asian Americans to Unite for Change — recently released the results of an inaugural survey that gauges U.S. sentiment and understanding of Asian American issues. Nearly 2,770 Americans 18 and older completed the questions online from March 29 to April 14, with the survey sample designed to reflect the nation’s overall demographics as listed by the U.S. Census Bureau. 

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Diversity & Inclusion on Air: Course Correcting Ableism

On this episode of the show, disability educator Regina Carey chats about systemic ableism, what disability is, and what we can do in academic veterinary medicine to reduce ableism.

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Longtime Activist Loretta Ross Speaks Out Against the Call-Out Culture

When a peer says something you think is racist, ignorant, or wrong, what do you do? Most people agree that staying silent is not a good idea. But do you talk to them privately or take them to task publicly?

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When and How to Respond to Microaggressions

You can respond in one of three ways: let it go, call it out immediately, or bring it up at a later date. Here’s a framework for deciding which path is right for the situation and how to handle the conversation if you choose to have one. 

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Diversity and Inclusion on Air: Pride 2021!

On this episode of the show, Dr. Erika Gisela Lin-Hendel and Dr. Dane Whitaker from PrideVMC discuss current efforts within the LGBT+ community in veterinary medicine. We’ll discuss Pride Month 2021, the rash of anti-trans legislation in the US, and how we can all be better allies!

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Ableism & Racism: Roots of The Same Tree

Rebecca Cokley is one of the country’s leading voices on disability rights, and centers race in her analysis and advocacy. She is the founding director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress, and served in the Obama administration from 2009-2013. Dr. Imbrim X. Kendi sat down with the California native for a frank conversation on the intersections of ableism and racism in America, the historic civil rights legislation governing both, and what we can all do to advocate for a better future for people with disabilities.

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Multigenerational Workforce

A multigenerational workforce provides opportunities for learning and innovation. Here’s how to manage multiple generations.

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Spring 2021 Staff Forum

On March 4, the University Staff Council (USC) held a forum for staff to engage leadership in a Question & Answer discussion. Nearly 550 staff members attended the panel, featuring Dr. John Junkins, Interim President, Dr. Mark Weichold, Interim Provost, and Dr. Annie McGowan, Interim Vice President for Diversity and Associate Provost.

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Microaggressions: Be Careful What You Say

Psychology professor Derald Sue says some casual, everyday questions and comments can reveal people’s unconscious biases, such as “Where are you really from?” and “You don’t dress like a gay person.”

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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.

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Colleges of Education Promote an Inclusive Approach to American History

As part of the increased fervor around racial justice and anti-racism in recent years, educators ranging from preschool teachers to higher education faculty have been working to change how American schools teach U.S. history.

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AAVMC: Diversity & Inclusion on Air: Systemic, Sustainable Approaches to Expand DEI

This is a special, extended version of the Diversity & Inclusion on Air podcast featuring a recent session from the AAVMC’s Deans’ Leadership Conference. The session, “Systemic, Sustainable Approaches to Expand Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Academic Institutions,” featured a discussion with Drs. David Acosta (AAMC), James Hildreth (Meharry Medical College), and Renetta Garrison Tull (UC Davis).

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Unlocking Us: Brené with Emmanuel Acho on Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

In this episode, Dr. Brown talks with Emmanuel Acho, the creator, host, and producer of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, a web series about racism to drive open and uncomfortable dialogue. His book with the same name is a thoughtful manifesto, mandate, and playbook that’s both generous and full of love.

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READ: Broke: The Racial Consequences of Underfunding Public Universities
University of California, Merced scholars Laura T. Hamilton and Kelly Nielsen explore how underrepresented students are negatively affected by a higher education system that increasingly targets them for recruitment while failing to provide the services they need to succeed. Hamilton and Nielsen focus specifically on campuses within their own university system to show how postsecondary education has evolved from relying on the tax dollars of the many to fund the education of an elite few to become the underfunded, yet more diverse—if not inclusive—institutions of today. Broke ends with a plea and proposed plan for breaking this cycle as well as a methodological appendix by the authors—both white—on how they approach the study of race. Published by University of Chicago Press

WATCH: Giving Voice
Giving Voice documents the experiences of thousands of high school students from diverse backgrounds as they audition for the annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, which celebrates Wilson’s 10-play American Century Cycle. The playwright behind Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Wilson was revered for his ability to capture the Black American experience on stage. As Giving Voice reveals, his work continues to inspire and empower a new generation of underrepresented performers. Available on Netflix

LISTEN: Code Switch: A Decade of Watching Black People Die
The wildly popular podcast Code Switch—which centers on race, identity, and society—hit a milestone on June 1 when it reached the top spot on Apple’s podcast chart one day after airing the episode “A Decade of Watching Black People Die.” The 22-minute segment, released less than a week after the police killing of George Floyd, reflects on prior coverage of the murder of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement to illustrate how violence towards Black people has become normalized in the U.S. The episode’s historical significance also recently landed it the number two spot on Spotify’s hand-picked 2020 Podcast Hall of Fame list. Available on npr.org/podcasts and all major podcast apps

DiVersity & Inclusion on Air: Decolonizing Well-being

On this episode of the podcast, AAVMC’s Director of Wellbeing, Makenzie Peterson, discusses decolonizing well-being. She chats about how cultural appropriation, overt commercialization, and lack of diversity in well-being activities have made these activities less accessible and success less attainable. There is a need for conscientious consumption, more diversity in source material, and considerations for how to really help people be and feel connected to well-being efforts.

DiVersity & Inclusion on Air: Diversity in Visual Representations & Branding

On this episode of Diversity and Inclusion on Air, Dr. Elizabeth Stone, former dean of the Ontario Veterinary College, and Ms. Danielle Lambert, co-founder of the Snout School, chat about how diversity is portrayed on websites and in branding. They discuss gaps and opportunities to offer appropriate and aspirational visions of diversity.