Dr. Kenita Rogers Receives National Honor For Diversity and Climate Initiatives

COLLEGE STATION, TX – Creating a learning environment where students from all walks of life come together and learn from each other’s experiences in an atmosphere of mutual respect is at the very core of being an Aggie. Dr. Kenita Rogers, Associate Dean for Professional Programs at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), received the National Faculty of the Month Award from the National Residence Hall Honorary in recognition of her efforts to improve the diversity and enhance the learning environment in the CVM.

Dr. Kenita Rogers (left) with Dr. Eleanor Green
Dr. Kenita Rogers (left) with Dr. Eleanor Green

In addition to including diversity elements as part of the classroom experience for students in the CVM, Rogers has encouraged the formation of student organizations representing different cultures. Most recently, the student chapter of the Lesbian Gay Veterinary Medical Association was recognized by the CVM, and with support from administration, chapter leaders have taken on national leadership roles.“Dr. Rogers is truly deserving of this honor,” said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the CVM. “The North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium (NAVMEC) outlined in its recent report on the future of veterinary medical education, seven core competencies that all veterinary students should have upon graduation. Diversity is one of these core competencies.  As part of our commitment to ensuring diversity was addressed throughout the curriculum, Dr. Rogers was asked to take on the additional role of Director of Climate and Diversity for our college. Her efforts to foster inclusivity and to celebrate the diversity have created a welcoming and collaborative environment that not only serves as an example to the rest of the university, but also as an example across the nation.”

“We have so much to learn from one another,” added Green. “Through Dr. Rogers’ outreach, our students leave the college more equipped for success in a multicultural society. Her inclusive approach in the classroom setting and beyond has demonstrated our commitment to ensuring that every student is valued and appreciated for what he or she adds to the learning experiences of others. We thank the National Residence Hall Honorary for recognizing the tremendous impact that Dr. Rogers has made on our students, our college, and our university.”

The National Residence Hall Honorary represents the top one percent of student leaders at the more than 400 colleges and universities that are members of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls.