Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion | December 2022

Pet the Stress Away with KAMU-TV/FM, December 5, 2022, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex Courtyard.

Join C-IDEA at an upcoming event and submit proposals for the upcoming RISE Conference.

Pet the Stress Away
Monday, Dec. 5

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex (VBEC) Courtyard

KAMU and C-IDEA invite you to pet the stress away during finals and ahead of the release of the third season of the acclaimed series “All Creatures Great and Small.”

Come spend time with stress relief dogs from Aggieland Pets with a Purpose,
get free snacks, and pick up a goodie bag for your pets.

Additionally, KAMU will give one student, faculty, or staff attendee a free subscription to PBS Passport, the PBS’ digital library of extended on-demand content. The recipient can binge seasons one and two of “All Creatures Great and Small” ahead of the release of season three on Jan. 8, 2023.

RISE Program Proposals Due
Friday, Dec. 16

The Texas A&M Race Identity and Social Equity (RISE) program committee invites proposals for the fifth annual RISE Conference that will take place in the Memorial Student Center on Friday, March 24, 2023.  

The RISE initiative provides a year-long research opportunity for undergraduate students at Texas A&M University, culminating with presentations of the research at the RISE Conference. The RISE Conference also seeks to provide opportunities for a campus-wide discussion around significant issues of race, identity, and social equity on campus, in the nation, and on a global scale.

Proposals for panels, individual papers, workshops, and alternative session formats that allow for audience participation and community engagement from faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduates are welcomed.  All submissions should be completed electronically at tx.ag/RISE2023 and are due by December 16, 2022. To learn more about the RISE initiative, visit the RISE webpage.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion | November 2022

2022 HEED Health Professions Logo

Texas A&M VMBS Receives Sixth Consecutive Excellence In Diversity Award

The Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (VMBS) has received INSIGHT into Diversity’s Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for the sixth consecutive year.

The Health Professions HEED Award recognizes U.S. colleges of the health sciences that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The VMBS is one of only six veterinary schools to receive the 2022 HEED Award and one of only two veterinary schools to receive the award for six years in a row. In addition, Texas A&M’s Texas A&M University Irma Lerma Rangel School of Pharmacy received a Health Professions HEED Award and Texas A&M University was named a 2022 HEED Award recipient for the fourth consecutive year.

Join C-IDEA for our upcoming event this fall!

Coffee, Culture, & Conversations: Finding My Joy

Friday, Nov. 18

5:30 p.m., VENI Third Floor/Faculty Commons

Join your peers and colleagues as they share their poetry, music, and art as part of this semester’s Coffeehouse event.

Sign up by Friday, Nov. 11, to share your art (or to serve as a proxy for an artist). 

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion | October 2022

C-IDEA invites all to our two upcoming events happening here at the VMBS this fall!

Halloween Storytelling: The Witching Hour
Monday, Oct. 31 

6-7 p.m., VENI Third Floor/Faculty Commons

Wear your costume, grab some treats, and hear some hair-raising tales from VMBS students, faculty, and staff about strange things that have happened to them late at night. Can these enigmatic happenings be explained? Or are they destined to remain mysteries? 

Sign up by Wednesday, Oct. 26, to tell your story.

Coffee, Culture, & Conversations: Finding My Joy
Friday, Nov. 18

5:30 p.m., VENI Third Floor/Faculty Commons

Join your peers and colleagues as they share their poetry, music, and art as part of this semester’s Coffeehouse event.

Sign up by Friday, Nov. 11, to share your art (or to serve as a proxy for an artist). 

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion | September 2022

The Suicide Awareness & Prevention Office (SAPO) at Texas A&M University has continued to recognize the need for our campus to raise awareness of resources, reduce stigma of suicide, and increase interpersonal connections through awareness programs. This year we will again be hosting a kickoff event for suicide awareness month and a 4-week walk challenge courtesy of our partnership with AgriLife Extension’s Walk Through Texas History program. In addition, we will be hosting several events and programs throughout the month of September.
More information: https://caps.tamu.edu/not-another-aggie/

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) values and celebrates the diversity of our students. Let’s Talk: https://caps.tamu.edu/diversity-inclusion/

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion | August 2022

The Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (VMBS) is hosting a Welcome Week—Monday, Aug. 22, through Friday, Aug. 26, 2022—as we engage in activities highlighting different aspects of our VMBS community!


Monday, Aug. 22 | Inclusivity Fair 

4-6 p.m., VBEC Courtyard

Learn about the many opportunities and resources available to students, staff, and faculty at the VMBS, as well as those offered by Texas A&M.

To sign your group up for a table, please click here. Please reserve a table by Aug. 17. 

Tuesday, Aug. 23 | First-Generation Panel

Noon to 1 p.m., VIDI 105 

Join a panel of VMBS students, staff, and faculty who will share their experiences as first-generation students and/or Americans, the challenges they’ve faced, and their journeys to the VMBS. Bring your own lunch, and C-IDEA will provide the dessert! 

Have questions about being a first-gen? Please submit them for consideration. 

Wellness Wednesday, Aug. 24

Resilient Body & Mind

Noon to 1 p.m., VENI 101B/C 

Resilience, the capacity to recover quickly from challenges and changes, helps you to navigate and bounce back from experiences you’re facing. It is also a skill that can be trained. During this presentation, Michael Hawkins, a licensed professional counselor at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, will share his tips on resilience and provide tools to make the body and mind more resilient as you encounter setbacks, stress, and other challenges. Bring your own lunch, and snacks will be provided. 

A Zoom option will be available for those who register here

Mentorship Panel

5-7 p.m., VIDI 103
Finding the right mentor can be challenging. Enjoy dinner as a panel of faculty members shares their experiences with mentorship and answer questions from the audience. This event is sponsored by VMBS student organizations VOICE, PrideVMC, Latinx VMA, the Association of Asian Vet Med Professionals, Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative, and the Christian Veterinary Fellowship. 

Because dinner will be provided, please RSVP by Friday, Aug. 19

Thursday, Aug. 25 | Bingo! Mixer

Noon to 1 p.m., TWO locations: VENI 106A & old Critical Care Café

Get to know other members of the VMBS Community in a fun and playful way. By asking fellow participants questions like “Do you wear contacts? Have you ever been camping?” and “Do you drink coffee?” we will discover and celebrate the unique characteristics of others at VMBS. Learn the most about the other attendees and win prizes!

Snacks will be provided, so please RSVP by Aug. 23

Questions? Email c-idea@cvm.tamu.edu for more information.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion | April 2022

Continuing A Legacy Of Selfless Service | Texas A&M Today

Texas A&M doctoral student Mason Alexander-Hawk ’24 learned of her relation to Sen. Matthew Gaines while advocating for his statue on the campus he helped establish. Story by Caitlin Clark…


Lavender Graduation Celebration

6:00pm – 8:00pm CDT | TAMU Rudder Theater

Lavender Graduation is designed to support an institution’s mission of excellent service, specifically one that embraces, enhances, and celebrates the academic achievements of LGBTQ+ students and their allies.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion | March 2022


Demystifying the Model Minority Myth: Reflections and Implications for APIDA Students’ Experience and Success in Higher Education
Presenters: Huanshu Yuan, Ph.D., associate professor
Department of Multicultural Services, Division of Student Affairs, Texas A&M University
March 24, 2022, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (CT)
Abstract: This presentation critically reviews the concept of “model minority myth” in combination with literature and narrative stories from Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) students as they seek meanings of identity amidst the challenges they have encountered in higher education. This presentation aims at unveiling how model minority myth impacts APIDA students and proposes suggestions to assist APIDA students in achieving success in higher education.


Texas A&M employees (students, faculty, and staff) are encouraged to register using Train Traq so that the seminar is included on their training transcript. Community members and people who do not work for Texas A&M are welcome to register using this link
**Registration ends March 22, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. (CT).**


RISE Conference | The Texas A&M Race Identity and Social Equity (RISE) Initiative, formally known as the Student Diversity Summit, is a year-long program that provides students with a better understanding of race, identity, and social equity.

Register at tx.ag/rise2022