COLLEGE STATION, May 4, 2006 – The College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences is pleased to announce establishment of a new Council on Diversity and Professionalism (CDP). The group is designed to promote a welcoming, respectful environment within the college for students, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds. Because the College of Veterinary Medicine exists, in part, to educate capable, compassionate veterinarians, the CDP hopes to encourage professionalism and foster open mindedness in veterinary professional students. The group also aims to act as a support network for any and all students, faculty, and staff who wish to be involved in encouraging diversity. The CDP is not a disciplinary body, but rather will use any concerns or suggestions put forth by students, faculty, or staff to help enhance the college environment.
The CDP was founded initially by a small group of interested students and faculty members. A CDP Executive Committee is currently being elected and next fall the council will open for general membership.
Thus far, response to the CDP’s inception has been very positive. The College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences is excited to incorporate this new aspect of professional training into the college environment and hopes above all that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds will feel welcome.