June 1, 2020
Dear Members of the CVM Community,
The senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery make me sad, frustrated and angry. Coming from a place of white privilege, I am often ignorant of the reality for those that do not share my privilege. Although I have committed to learning more about what I do not know, I acknowledge this lack of awareness. However, this does not lessen my conviction that there is no place in this world for hatred and racism. It saddens me to see how these events are affecting my friends and family. I am also troubled as I know there are members of our CVM community, faculty, staff and students, who are really hurting because of these events. As we navigate this difficult time I ask that we all work to provide a caring and supporting community for each other. I urge all of us to reaffirm our obligation to our Principles of Community and strive to build and maintain a culture and climate based on mutual respect and caring. I also ask that you read President Wintersteen’s message from May 29 as it too reaffirms the commitment of the entire ISU community to these principles.
Stay safe and healthy!
Dan Grooms DVM, PhD
Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean Of Veterinary Medicine
Further Resources to Explore
- Anti-Racism Resources
- Talking About Race from the National Museum of African American History & Culture
- Educate Yourself Today
- 4 Ways Scientists and Academics Can Effectively Combat Racism
- Diverse Books by Diverse Voices Book Club
- Advocacy Toolkit for Fair, Safe and Effective Community Policing
- Understanding Race and Privilege
- How to Raise Kids to be Anti-Racist and Talk to Them about Racism: CBS News Video
- Diversity and Inclusion on Air: Conversations About Diversity, Inclusion & Veterinary Medicine: AAVMC
- History of Juneteenth
- Race in America
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.
ISCORE College Champion
This year, the College of Veterinary Medicine served as a College Champion for the Thomas L. Hill Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE).
Dr. Dan Grooms, the Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of Veterinary Medicine, delivered a welcome address at the pre-conference. Read Grooms' remarks online.
Frederick Douglass Patterson Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship
The Frederick Douglass Patterson Scholarship was created to honor the personal merits and attributes of Patterson, who served as president of the Tuskegee Institute and is the founder of the United Negro College Fund. Scholarships will be awarded to current and incoming DVM students.
- Monday, July 20 - Anti-Racist Author Ibram Kendi
- Monday, August 17 - Dr. Keisha Scott, "Unlearning Isms 101"
Featured Students, Faculty, Staff & Alumni
- Dr. Tamara Hancock - Making a Difference
- Dr. Daniel Edge - Finding His Voice
- Dr. Jeba Jesudoss Chelladurai - Successful Training
- Briana Arias & Kate Alucard - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Dr. Belen Hernandez - Taking a Year Off
- Dr. Becky Lozada-Miranda - Rotating Intern
- Crow Creek Indian Reservation - Eye Opening Experience
- Jose De La Espriella - Match Made in Sacramento
- Vivek Lawana - Working on More Than Research
- Graciela Orantes - Pursuing Her Passions
- Adhithiya Charli - Born to be Wild
- Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson - A Giant of Higher Ed
- Dr. Alejandro Larios Mora - Help Along the Way
Frederick Douglass Patterson Diversity and Inclusion Award
- 2019: Dr. Heather Greenlee, associate professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences
- 2018: Dr. Monica Howard, director of student programs
Purdue University Center of Excellence of Diversity & Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine Online Professional Certificate Program
The following College of Veterinary Medicine have completed the Purdue University Online Professional Certificate Program.
Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Dr. Heather Greenlee, chair (Biomedical Sciences)
- Dr. Rachel Allbaugh (Veterinary Clinical Sciences)
- Dr. Claire Andreasen (Veterinary Pathology)
- Dr. Carrie Berg (Biomedical Sciences)
- Dr. Renee Dewell (Center for Food Security and Public Health)
- Dr. Al Jergens (Veterinary Clinical Sciences)
- Dr. Jodi McGill (Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine)
Diversity and Inclusion Committee Ex-Offico Members
- Dr. Jared Danielson (OASA)
- Deanna Gerber (Student Recruitment)
- Dave Gieseke (Communications)
- Dr. Monica Howard (OASA)
- Dr. Kristen Obbink (NIAMRRE)
- Lindsey Tackett (Human Resources)
- Dr. Alex Ramirez (OASA)
- Karen Barker (Research)
- Dr. Courtney Vengrin (Assessment)
- Dr. Qijing Zhang (Research)