Purdue Showcases PVM Student's Role as "Equality Maker"
When Purdue University looked for five students to profile as “Equality Makers,” who advocate for positive change, seek justice and demand a level playing field, they had no trouble finding such a student in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Jasmine Coe of the DVM Class of 2014, was selected for the January “5 Students Who” feature, which is part of a monthly series published on the Purdue web-site about Purdue students who do extraordinary things.
Jasmine has an extensive record of involvement in efforts to promote diversity and equality in the veterinary medical profession and beyond. She served as the 2012-2013 president of the National Chapter of Veterinary Students as One in Culture and Ethnicity (VOICE), which promotes diversity within the veterinary curriculum. She also was among the first cohort of students to receive the Purdue DVM DiversiKey Certificate. DiversiKey is a student-driven program designed to provide Purdue students with experience and growth in diversity and leadership. Additionally, Jasmine wrote and received a $500 Purdue grant to purchase Scholastic Books for Lafayette’s Hanna Community Center. Each child receives four books that promote science, diversity and equality, multiculturalism, and animals. Through weekly visits to the Hanna Center, Jasmine and some of her classmates read to children and helped them with their homework.
“As much as I love working with animals, I also enjoy working with children,” explains Jasmine. I like to reach out and promote science majors to kids.” A graduate of Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Jasmine earned her B.S. degree in animal sciences at Purdue in 2010. As a participant in the USDA Multicultural Scholarship Program, Jasmine also completed a study abroad tour through Costa Rica and Panama. To view a news release about the “5 Students Who Are Equality Makers,” click here.