Commitment to Diversity

CVM Diversity Statement

Dean, Trevor AmesDr. Trevor Ames, Dean

The growing diversity of the nation's population underscores the need to prepare future companion animal veterinarians, food animal veterinarians, public health veterinarians and veterinary researchers, educators, and scientists who are knowledgeable and sensitive to the population's needs. The College of Veterinary Medicine seeks to admit and educate a diverse student body to enrich the students' educational experience and prepare them to meet the veterinary needs of a multicultural society and a variety of animal species. We aim to meet the current and future needs of the profession while building on our programmatic strengths.

The College of Veterinary Medicine shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Student body characteristics that will enhance diversity in the school include a demonstrated commitment to underserved career paths within the veterinary profession, a wide range of racial/ethnic backgrounds, first-generation college or economically disadvantaged students, and those with a unique public service record.

Commitment to Diversity

The growing diversity of the nation's population underscores the need for the College of Veterinary Medicine to be culturally responsive through our service, research, and education missions. The College seeks to be a dynamic and multicultural community for learning, working, and discovery in response to a diverse and ever-changing society.

The College shall provide a platform of inclusion and success for all. We have no tolerance for discriminatory language or actions that create a hostile environment or that prevent each member of our community and our stakeholders from being respected and represented in our community of scholarship, learning and work. A sincere and ongoing commitment to a framework emphasizing intercultural competence in our educational mission that includes curricular reform and hiring for greater cultural and representational diversity assures that the flow of innovation from such a multi-perspective environment will enhance the College’s national and international reputation for discovery, high quality research and educaional excellence.