PVM Professor Receives Award at Iverson Bell Diversity Summit

June 3, 2016

by Kelsey Johnson, PVM Summer Communications Intern

The 2016 Iverson Bell Midwest Regional Diversity Summit, sponsored by Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, Zoetis, Purdue Office of the Provost, and MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, took place over the weekend of May 20-22 at MSU with the focus on “Disability and Accessibility in a Diverse Culture.” A number of PVM staff, faculty, and visiting Access to Animal-Related Career (A2RC) scholars traveled to East Lansing, Mich. to attend the symposium where one of PVM’s own was honored at the annual event.

Dr. Susan M. Mendrysa, PVM associate professor in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, received the Zoetis Midwest Regional Iverson Bell Diversity and Inclusion Award in recognition of her contributions toward supporting progress in achieving diversity and inclusion at PVM. The Zoetis Midwest Regional Iverson Bell Diversity and Inclusion Award was established to recognize and honor faculty and/or staff of the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine in the Midwest region who have shown exemplary dedication to the advancement of diversity and inclusion. Award winners contribute to an academic environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and conducive to the success of all faculty, staff and students.

Dean Willie Reed represented PVM, delivering a welcome and overview of the summit to symposium attendees Friday afternoon. “Our goal continues to be to institutionalize diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the veterinary educational experience so that all of our students are well prepared for any career in the veterinary profession they choose to pursue,” said Dean Reed in his welcome. Dr. Darryl Ragland, associate professor of food animal production medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences; Dr. Kathy Salisbury, associate dean for academic affairs; Dr. Pete Bill, assistant dean for academic affairs; and Dr. Dorothy Reed, assistant dean for engagement in the College of Education also represented Purdue and PVM at the summit. Additionally, PVM Director of Diversity and Inclusion Kauline Cipriani, served on the planning committee for the event and helped organize the details of the summit.

For additional information on this year’s focus on “Disability and Accessibility in a Diverse Culture” and speaker biographies, click here to view the Iverson Bell Diversity Summit program.

Purdue Veterinary Medicine Dean Willie Reed speaks at the 2016 Iverson Bell Midwest Regional Diversity Summit in Lansing, Michigan. (Photo courtesy of Mary Firdawsi, Michigan State University)

Writer: Kelsey Johnson, pvmnews@purdue.edu

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