Diversity and Inclusion

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  • VetLEAD

    Veterinary Leadirship for an Early Admisssion for Diversity is a program created to meet the increasing demand for veterinarians and to promote diversity within the veterinary student body 

  • Celebrate Diversity
    1st Annual Diversity and Inclusion Award
    Presented at Education Day on May 18th

Diversity is human difference that impacts how we interact with one another, communities, institutions and ourselves. Diversity matters as we strive to develop and respect human potential, create a supportive, nurturing climate, and acknowledge legal and moral responsibilities to historical inequalities.The mission of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee (DNIC) is to coordinate and lead The College of Veterinary Medicine in support of the creation of a collegiate culture that is supportive of diversity and equity initiatives, and the recruitment of faculty, staff, and student bodies that reflect the diversity of our neighborhoods, region, and society. To this end, the CVM DNIC works with other University of Minnesota offices concerned with diversity and multiculturalism, and also developed a Diversity Plan propelled by our Guiding Values.

Diversity includes but is not limited to people of color (under-represented groups and new populations), people with both visible and invisible disabilities, people of various gender and sexual identities and expressions, and first generation students of economically disadvantaged backgrounds.  We also address issues of access and climate for individuals who might encounter barriers based on their religious expression, age, national origin, ethnicity, or veteran status.

Excellence is Inclusive

An increasingly multicultural society will continue to emerge over the coming decades and the reality of strengthening global interconnections demands that our College and graduates are able to effectively navigate the professional, social and ethical complexities of difference.

As a College that is tasked with preparing future professional veterinarians and animal researchers, it is essential that those most intrinsic values and expectations meet the needs of a multicultural society and align with university and national goals around diversity and inclusion.  Professional excellence is inextricably linked to the ability to engage with difference in productive and meaningful ways.  In order for the College to meet this challenge, CVM must demonstrate a distinct, consistent and embracing respect for the inclusion, acceptance and success of all.


August 10, 2018

This workshop will expose participants to the breadth of implicit bias research and will help them recognize shorts cuts that are the result of unconscious or unexamined bias.


  • October 12, 2018 - 2:00-3:30 PM (Ben Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning, room 215)

UMN Diversity Events

  • Oct 18
    DESCRIPTION The media makes it sound like women have reached equality. What's the truth? In this interactive workshop, increase your knowledge of women’s stats today, discuss how women’s equity benefits everyone, and share ideas for advancing equity. REGISTRATION Visit our website for more...
  • Oct 22
    “Latinoamérica también es América . . . ¿Grandes migraciones o desplazamiento forzado? Políticas — Temporary Protected Status / Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, ¿Oportunidades o muros sociales." We are pleased to announce the visit of Marissa Hill-Dongre, J.D. Director, University of...
  • Oct 23
    Presenter: Alex Cleberg, International Student and Scholar Services Location: University International Center, Room 101 Learn more and register on the ISSS website  In this interactive workshop, you will be challenged to uncover aspects of your own culture and how these shape your perception...
  • Oct 24
    DESCRIPTION Talking about race and racism can be challenging for many people.  It can be tempting to keep our discussions at a surface level, so as to avoid hurt, anger, shame and guilt. But open and honest discussions on race, as well as basic history and context that are often neglected in...
  • Oct 25
    DESCRIPTION Our world is becoming increasingly rich and complex as more and more individuals become open about the challenges they face as people with disabilities. Whether the barrier is physical, academic, employment-related, or attitudinal, we are all responsible for understanding how barriers...
  • Oct 25
    Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers, winner of the International Latino Book Award for Best Latino- themed Fiction and a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Her story collection How to Leave Hialeah won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, the John Gardner...
  • Oct 26
    Korean Literature Association Annual Workshop: “The Worlds of Korean Literature and Media” October 26-27, 2018 8:30 am - 6:30 pm Ellie and Tom Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota  Click here for event flyer and full program.  In reconstructing the...