Office for Diversity and Inclusion
Kauline Cipriani, Ph.D.
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
The Purdue Veterinary Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion works to broaden individual and collective understanding of and appreciation for diversity, cultural competence, and inclusive excellence within the College of Veterinary Medicine. Our faculty, staff and students are encouraged to increase cultural competence through curricular and co-curricular activities, as well as professional advancement opportunities.
Diversity, equity and inclusiveness are at the forefront of higher education. To address this, we aim to increase students' knowledge of issues pertaining to a diverse society and enable them to thrive in an inclusive environment. We strive to make these discussions and learning opportunities relevant and immediately impactful by using the context of the veterinary medical academic and clinical environments whenever possible.
Our overarching goal is to lead by example, providing students with an idea of how to respond to multiple layers of diversity issues specific to the veterinary medical profession. These issues include recruiting and retaining faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds and engaging our students with opportunities to increase their intercultural competencies. Our approach is vital for the success of our future graduates who will practice in an increasingly multicultural and global veterinary medical marketplace.
Download the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine Diversity and Inclusion Plan
What We Do
The Center for Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine offers an online certificate program for advancing inclusion in the Veterinary profession. Our program is available for:
- Faculty and Faculty Administrators
- Interns, Residents, and Non-Faculty Educators
- Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians in private practices
Our program to help students grow and gain experience in both diversity and leadership.
Research and Scholarships Graduate scholarships and research opportunities with faculty are available. Our goal is to attract students from historically underrepresented groups to pursue careers in higher education.
Access to Animal-Related Careers (A2RC) This two-week residential summer program allows pre-vet undergraduates from other universities to get a glimpse of life as a Purdue DVM first-year.
Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) MSP provides partial scholarships and allows for participation in a Special Experiential Learning Experience (SEL) to five DVM students, with a goal of enhancing the scholars’ student experience and providing support through graduation.
Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) in the Biomedical Sciences This one year program supports students as they prepare to enter into a Ph.D. program in the biomedical sciences through mentored research, academic preparation, and professional development. Individuals with backgrounds underrepresented in the field are encouraged to apply.