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...
  • Apr 18
    DESCRIPTION The impact of classism in our society leads to many barriers on our campus and in the broader community. Exploring classism is an essential part of understanding how wealth, status, and income are intertwined with social, cultural, and historical issues in the United States. Class and...
  • Apr 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...
  • Apr 26
    GradSEHD proudly presents Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva for our Spring Diversity Event. Dr. Bonilla-Silva, scholar, author, and professor at Duke University will be presenting on his current research: Killing Me Softly - Color-blind Racism in American Schools. Despite our collective concern with the...
  • Apr 26
    Asia Colloquium: "Translation as Fiction and Theory in the Literature of Tawada Yōko" with Brett de Bary, Professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, Cornell University Friday April 26, 2019 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 112 Folwell    Professor de Bary situates Tawada Yoko’s writing...
  • Apr 26
    Beyond the Binary: The Gender Spectrum is a free event focused on countering stigma against the LGBTQ+ population and increasing awareness around mental health concerns. This expert panel will focus on normalizing understandings and opening a conversation about the full spectrum of gender...
  • Apr 29
    DESCRIPTION Departments across the University of Minnesota regularly participate in searches and selection processes. The university is committed to increasing diversity among its staff, faculty, and students in admissions, promotions, scholarship decisions, and other related selection processes....