Diversity and Inclusion

ISCORE College Champion

This year, the College of Veterinary Medicine is a College Champion for the Thomas L. Hill Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE). CVM Administration has asked faculty and supervisors to work to accommodate any student or employee that would like to attend.

If you cannot commit an entire day, we ask that you consider attending for the portion of the day that your schedule can accommodate.

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Conference Details

Full Conference - Friday, March 6
8:00 AM - 5 PM in the Memorial Union
Free and open to all students, staff and faculty.
REGISTER FOR ISCORE

During Friday's activities, Dr. Jessie Juarez, assistant professor in veterinary clinical sciences, and a group of five undergraduate students will discuss their experiences in last summer's program for students with underrepresented backgrounds. "Utility and Uniqueness of a Summer Undergraduate Veterinary Internship for Underrepresented Students" will be presented at 2:10 p.m in the Oak Room of the Memorial Union.

Pre-Conference - Wednesday, March 4 
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM in the Memorial Union 
Free and open to all university employees.
Registration and lunch will be in the Great Hall. 
REGISTER FOR THE ISCORE PRE-CONFERENCE

Dr. Dan Grooms, the Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of Veterinary Medicine, will deliver a welcome address at the pre-conference. Read Grooms' remarks online.

College of Veterinary Medicine Diversity & Inclusion Overview

In recognition of the importance and value of diversity in everything we do, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to actively promoting diversity and inclusion that embraces the value of the many areas of the veterinary medical profession, and the value of varied cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientations, ages, religions, physical and mental abilities of our students, faculty and staff.

Established in 2016, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in the College of Veterinary Medicine has been working hard to make ISU CVM a welcoming and inclusive place to learn and work.

A highlight of the past three years has been the college’s annual MLK Day of Service. College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, staff and students have volunteered at local organizations and agencies including the Story County Boys and Girls Club, the Boone County Animal Shelter, Food at First, the Story County Community Action Poverty Simulation and Green Hills Retirement Community.

The college’s outreach has also extended to Iowa elementary and secondary schools where college representatives have highlighted veterinary clinical skills at such events as the ISU4U Promise Nights in Des Moines’ King and Moulton Elementary Schools.

Each summer, the college offers an opportunity for underrepresented Iowa State undergraduate students to care for food animals and job shadow veterinarians, a background that’s needed for vet school admission. This signature program is helping these students become more competitive in their application to veterinary school and closer to realizing their dream of becoming a veterinarian.

College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, staff and students have participated in the Purdue Online Certificate for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine. This program is designed for individuals who want to foster inclusive learning environments at Iowa State and develop skills to succeed as veterinary professionals.

In an effort to continuously improve, this past year the College of Veterinary Medicine this past year underwent an extensive review of its diversity and inclusion activities. Dr. Hilda Mejia Abreu, associate dean of admissions, student life and inclusivity at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine conducted the review of practices and resources, while suggesting ways to move diversity and inclusion programming forward in the college. This review is being used to advance the college goal of creating a community that is welcoming to all.


Videos

Video 4 - James Pearson

Video 3 - Margaret Wragg Sloss

Video 2 - Frederick Douglass Patterson

Video 1 - Introduction

Underrepresented Student Population Graph


Jeba Jesudoss-Cheladurai
Featured Students, Faculty, Staff & Alumni

Awards

Frederick Douglass Patterson Diversity and Inclusion Award


Committees

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Diversity and Inclusion Committee Ex-Offico Members


Resources