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.

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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.

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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

Coffee, Culture, & Conversation in the Courtyard

The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) is filled with artistically inclined students, faculty, and staff.

In celebration of our talented community, the CVMBS Committee for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accountability (C-IDEA) is inviting all to showcase their art for our first Coffee, Culture, & Conversation in the Courtyard on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 5:30 p.m.

Art forms may include:

  • Music
  • Poetry
  • Storytelling
  • Visual art

Have you created something you would like to share but don’t feel comfortable sharing it yourself? Or are you someone who is interested in performing something created by someone else? Artists and proxies can sign up at the link below, and C-IDEA will help match artists and performers! All others are encouraged to save the date as we come together in the new year in support of our creative peers and colleagues!