Diversity


PVM Faculty Member Honored at Iverson Bell Midwest Regional Diversity Summit

Friday, May 24th, 2024 - Purdue Veterinary Medicine was well represented this week at the 2024 Iverson Bell Midwest Regional Diversity Summit in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where special recognition was given to Dr. Marxa Figueiredo, Purdue associate professor of Basic Medical Sciences.



Reflecting on Black History Month – the Story of a PVM History-Maker

Friday, March 1st, 2024 - As Purdue University recently has honored the contributions and impact of Black Boilermakers as part of Black History Month, the College of Veterinary Medicine highlights a significant person in its own history.  Dr. William Dunn (PU DVM ’71), is the first Black DVM graduate of the College.  And, with today marking the beginning of Women’s History Month, we look forward to an upcoming feature on the college’s first Black woman DVM graduate, Dr. Doris Hughes-Moore (PU DVM ’73).



PVM Puts Spotlight on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion During Inclusive Excellence Week

Friday, February 2nd, 2024 - As we turn the calendar page this week and start a new month, we transition from January, which includes the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to February, which is Black History Month. That makes this a fitting opportunity to look back on Inclusive Excellence Week, which was hosted in the College of Veterinary Medicine the week of January 15 by Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment (V.O.I.C.E.) and featured several components, including a veterinary student panel discussion.



In Support of Inclusive Excellence in Veterinary Medicine

Friday, December 15th, 2023 - In another life, Joanne Troutner might have been a veterinarian. But in the early 1970s — when the national average of male enrollment in veterinary schools was 89% — a career in veterinary medicine didn’t seem accessible to her. Now, women in the profession outnumber men, and yet diversity remains an issue, as 90% of today’s veterinarians identify as white. In 2008, the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine established the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with the purpose of intentionally creating a culture of excellence that supports a diverse and inclusive environment in the college. The creation of the new office reflected the vision of Dr. Willie Reed, who had just been appointed as the college’s new dean a year earlier. “The College of Veterinary Medicine has been engaged in this work for 15 years,” Joanne said. “The programming is phenomenal and it’s having a real impact. It’s necessary work and it needs to continue, which is why I’m proud to support the college’s DEI efforts with a designated gift, given in honor of Dean Reed.”



Dean Willie Reed Receives Inaugural AVMA Award for Lifetime Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Friday, December 15th, 2023 - When the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) established the Frederick Douglass Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2023 to recognize distinguished leadership in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the veterinary profession, one nominee stood out as an especially fitting choice to be the inaugural recipient. That person is Dr. Willie Reed, dean of the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.



$3M Grant Renews Funding for Purdue Program Expanding Access to Veterinary Profession

Friday, December 15th, 2023 - The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine is receiving vital new federal support for an innovative program addressing a national shortage of veterinarians in public health and rural/food animal practice in Indiana and beyond, and a significant lack of underrepresented individuals entering the veterinary profession. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has renewed a five-year, $3.2 million grant to further the success and impact of Vet Up!® The National Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Academy for Veterinary Medicine.



Vet Up! Program Partners Visit Purdue to Discuss Collaborations

Friday, December 1st, 2023 - Purdue Veterinary Medicine’s partnerships with several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are pivotal to the success of the Vet Up! National HCOP Academy for Veterinary Medicine program. As part of the recently renewed five-year, $3.2 million HRSA program grant, PVM invited the founding partner schools to campus so they could learn more about the College of Veterinary Medicine and discuss with faculty and staff how to strategically strengthen and expand the partnership.



PVM Honored with 2023 National Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

Friday, October 20th, 2023 - The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine has received the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for the fourth consecutive year. Presented by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, the national award recognizes U.S. health colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. As an award recipient, the college will be featured, along with 61 other HEED Award recipients, in the November/December 2023 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.



Students Recognized for Diversity Certificate Program Completion

Friday, October 6th, 2023 - When class started Wednesday morning, October 3, during the Current Issues in Veterinary Medicine course, eight first-year veterinary students received special recognition for completing the Certificate for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine. The students were honored for putting in the hard work necessary to finish the learning modules, activity assignments, volunteer community service assignment, and capstone paper that are required to earn the certificate.



Award-winning Mural Artist Coming to Lynn Hall to Discuss Plans for New PVM Mural

Friday, September 15th, 2023 - A major art project is in the works for the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine and the thoughts and ideas of faculty, staff and students will factor into the planning process that kicks-off next week with an initial presentation by the artist in Lynn Hall. Tia Richardson, an award-winning community mural artist and owner of Cosmic Butterfly Design based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will share a video about her work and describe her creative process, which will include active participation by our college’s students, staff, and faculty.




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