Diversity Initiatives and Programs

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion offers a wide variety of programs to address the college's commitment to providing an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students.

Research and Scholarship Initiatives

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to offer graduate scholarships to degree seeking students in PVM. We aim to attract students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to pursue careers in high education.

The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to announce the availability of graduate scholarships with the intent of attracting students from historically underrepresented groups to careers in higher education. Eligible students* who are interested in graduate work on one of the projects listed below are encouraged to contact the appropriate faculty member no later than January 15, 2015 at 5 PM to be considered for Fall 2015 admission.

* Eligible students will meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited U.S. high school
  • Must be a new, incoming student
  • Must gain admission as a degree seeking student to a graduate program in the College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Must submit completed Purdue University Graduate School admission application materials no later than February 16, 2015 at 5 PM for Fall 2015 admission
  • Must submit a diversity essay along with other Graduate School admission documents (GRE scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose for pursuing graduate education).

    Specifically, the diversity essay should respond to this statement: “Describe your leadership, work experience, service experience, or other significant involvement with racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, educational communities or other groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education, and how these experiences would promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence”.

    Please note: underrepresented groups have traditionally included women, students with disabilities, first generation students, and students who are members of domestic minority groups including African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander.

For general questions, please contact Dr. Kauline Cipriani via email at cipriank@purdue.edu or by phone at 765-496-1940.

Participating Faculty and Eligible Projects

For specific questions on the projects listed below, please contact the appropriate faculty member.

Dr. Candace Croney

Dr. Candace Croneyccroney@purdue.edu 765-496-6665

The project will focus on identifying and addressing factors influencing the welfare status of breeding and kenneled dogs.

Dr. Keke Fairfax

Dr. Keke Fairfaxkfairfax@purdue.edu 765-494-1234

The Ph.D. project will focus on discovering the mechanisms of stress induced immune dysfunction following immunization and parasitic infection. The successful candidate will be involved in the development of experimental design, data collection, and analysis for a project on understanding the cellular, chemokine, and cytokine factors involved in altered immune responses to immunization and parasitic infection following housing induced stress.

Dr. Russell Main

Dr. Russell Mainrmain@purdue.edu765-494-0898

Bone fractures are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in horses. There is strong evidence that the majority of fractures, especially in equine athletes, are the result of accumulated bone tissue changes and not a single “bad step” during racing or training. Our fundamental research objective in this project is to validate existing clinical diagnostic tools and to advance pre-clinical tools for characterizing bone structure and tissue properties to form a small battery of non-invasive tests that can be used clinically to assess skeletal fracture susceptibility in the standing horse.

Dr. Hsin-Yi Weng

Dr. Hsin-Yi Wengweng9@purdue.edu765-494-0445

The M.S. project is to assess the practice and perceptions of pregnant women and new mothers of seriousness, susceptibility, benefits, and barriers regarding the measures for preventing adverse health outcomes through animal contact. The long term goal of the research is to develop and evaluate an educational program on prevention of animal-associated health outcomes for pregnant women and new mothers.

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Diversity Initiatives

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A2RC Students with Dean Reed and Dr. Kauline Cipriani, Director of Diversity Initiatives

Access to Animal-Related Careers (A2RC)

PVM Access to Animal-Related Careers (A2RC) is a faculty-driven summer program coordinated by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. This two-week residential program is targeted to second and third year historically and currently underrepresented in veterinary medicine (URVM) pre-vet undergraduates from across the country. The curriculum gives participants a glimpse of life as a Purdue DVM first-year student. A2RC is designed to show historically underrepresented students that there is a place for them in the veterinary medical profession, nurture and enhance their interest in the profession, and introduce them to the PVMexperience.

Topics include:

  • Admissions to the DVM Program
  • Animal Behavior and Welfare
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency and Critical Care Medicine
  • Husbandry
  • Large Animals such as Cattle, Swine, and Horses
  • Parasitology
  • Purdue's Cultural Centers
  • Radiology
  • Small Animals such as Dogs, Poultry, and Small Mammals Exotics
  • Stress Management
  • Swine and Dairy Production in Indiana
  • Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

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DVM DiversiKey Certificate Program

This certificate program is designed to provide growth and experience in diversity and leadership.

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Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP)

USDA Scholars

(left to right) Dana Thomas, Jasmine Coe, Allison (Allie) Joe, Julio Lecumberry Alonso.

Established in 2010, the Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Five DVM students have the opportunity to become USDA-MSP Scholars. USDA-MSP Scholars receive partial scholarships, funding to participate in a Special Experiential Learning Experience (SEL), and complete several requirements designed to provide support, improve retention, and assist with career-planning. The USDA NIFA Multicultural Scholars Program's goal is to enhance the DVM student experience and provide support through graduation. Learn more about MSP and read about the student experience in this program.

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Online Certificate Programs

Online certificate programs focused on diversity and inclusion in the profession are offered through the Center of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine. Through partnership with AAVMC and AVMA, programs are available for faculty and faculty administrators; students; staff; interns, residents, and non-faculty educators; and veterinarians and veterinary technicians. The programs combine distance learning, life experiences, and personal reflection in a curriculum designed for people with heavy schedules who want to increase their cultural competencies.

Click here for more information on enrolling in an Online Certificate Program.

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Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) in the Biomedical Sciences

Purdue PREP is a one-year program designed to enhance participants' entry into a Ph.D. program in the biomedical sciences. Participants engage in a full year of mentored research and have opportunities for professional development and academic preparation. Purdue PREP prepares individuals with high scholarly potential and a strong interest in scientific research for entry into competitive doctoral programs.

Purdue PREP encourages applications from individuals from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Eligible students have recently completed their baccalaureate degree and are interested in pursuing a research doctorate.

Learn more about Purdue PREP.

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