Central to the articulated mission of the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine are the core values of access, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The educational environment of the college is enriched by the varied experiences we all represent. The mission of PVM is to advance global animal and human health and well-being through excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement.
The goal of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is to provide learning opportunities that promote awareness, self-reflection, critical thinking and professional development through a social justice lens, resulting in an appreciation for diversity in all of its forms.
To create an equitable and inclusive culture and climate that reflect cultural competency in the learning and working environment of our faculty, staff, and students, thereby, contributing to the development of meaningful relationships with all stakeholders.
We are P.U.R.D.U.E
Promoting Unity Respect (through) Diversity Understanding and Excellence. The Purdue Veterinary Medicine (PVM) Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s (DEI) role is to operationalize how the vision will be achieved. Since its formation in 2012, the DAC has served to initiate the creation of a strategic plan to guide efforts to increase PVM’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, both within PVM and in the broader field of veterinary medicine.
The aim of Purdue Veterinary Medicine is to increase the knowledge base of all constituent groups by fostering support in an inclusive environment. This objective is imperative in order to successfully produce excellence among healthcare professionals for both humans and animals. To that end, faculty, staff, and students are expected to increase cultural competence and to pursue professional development opportunities. Our overarching goal is to lead by example and provide tools to respond to multiple layers of diversity issues specific to the veterinary medical profession.
The traditional work of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is moving towards a paradigm shift that involves replacing the language of diversity and inclusion with inclusive excellence – a term which recognizes that a community’s success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni. Operationalizing inclusive excellence leads to infusing diversity into the colleges’ recruiting, admissions, hiring and promotion processes; into its curriculum, and administrative structures and practices, informed by and responsive to PVM’s mission. Purdue Veterinary Medicine has a long-standing record of providing access and maximizing the success and inclusion of all students, faculty, and staff. We aim toward improvement.