Diversity and Inclusion

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

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


Video 4 - James Pearson

Video 3 - Margaret Wragg Sloss

Video 2 - Frederick Douglass Patterson

Video 1 - Introduction

Underrepresented Student Population Graph


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.

Individuals wishing to contribute to the Frederick Douglass Patterson Scholarship can contact the CVM development team at vetmeddev@iastate.edu or 515-294-0867 or make an online donation.

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Professional Development

Purdue University Center of Excellence of Diversity & Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine Online Professional Certificate Program

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