Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Recipients Honored

Friday, June 15, 2018

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Dean Willie Reed with PVM staff members honored for completing the online Certificate Program for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine: (left-right) Brenda Dittmar, Cindy Lavignette, Nicole Rosen, William Smith, II, and Sarah Woods. (Not pictured: Jeannine Henry, William “Matt” Jarvi, Donna Tudor, and Elizabeth Wilson)

As part of the Outstanding Staff and Bravo Awards program and reception Monday, June 11, several Purdue Veterinary Medicine staff members were honored for completing the online Certificate Program for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine. Dean Willie Reed explained that the certificate program, developed in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, is offered through PVM’s Center of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine. “Diversity and inclusion are key components of our College’s values and culture, and we are proud of these individuals for their dedication in promoting a collegial work and learning environment enhanced by diversity,” Dean Reed said.

To successfully finish the online certificate program, the honorees completed a series of online modules; gained life experiences through volunteer community service and activities, such as attending cultural events and lectures in the community or national or regional meetings focused on diversity and inclusion; and reflected on their experiences. They also submitted a capstone paper on how they will use the information gained in the program to strengthen diversity and inclusion in veterinary medicine.

Congratulations to the following staff members on their successful completion of the certificate program:

Brenda Dittmar – small animal receptionist, Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Jeannine Henry – instructional technologist, Department of Veterinary Administration

William “Matt” Jarvi – secretary, Department of Comparative Pathobiology

Cindy Lavignette – client liaison representative, Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Nicole Rosen – Clinical Pathology Lab supervisor, Veterinary Teaching Hospital

William Smith, II – director of global engagement, Department of Veterinary Administration

Donna Tudor – diagnostic imaging technologist supervisor, Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Elizabeth Wilson – small animal receptionist, Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Sarah Woods – health information technician, Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Writer(s): Kevin Doerr | pvmnews@purdue.edu

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