|College of Veterinary Medicine Community of Inclusion Certificate Program||Certificate Program Submission Form|
To best serve the needs of our community, our profession must embrace the broadest definition and fullest spectrum of diversity including race, ethnicity, physical and mental abilities, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, parental, marital, or pregnancy status, religious or political beliefs, military or veteran status, and geographic, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds, and challenges that have been overcome.
At Ohio State, we understand that diversity promotes a culture of inclusion that understands and appreciates the world beyond our own individual perspective. For the College of Veterinary Medicine, diversity is a fundamental component of excellence and, as such, is not optional, but rather is both necessary and desired.
Our goal is to foster an environment for working, learning and serving where each member of our college can thrive both professionally and personally. We seek to create a space where each person (member of the college, prospective member, client, or visitor) feels welcome, comfortable, safe, respected, and valued.
Respectful dialogue is engagement in honest, thoughtful, and reflexive conversation with the goal of understanding one another. Respectful engagement does not mean that everyone has to agree or adopt each another's perspectives. Rather, it is by sharing differing perspectives that we are able to effectively communicate across differences and boundaries and learn from one another. Each person involved in respectful dialogue takes responsibility for the impact of their words and actions regardless of intent, and strives to operate with curiosity, authenticity, and vulnerability. Each individual engaged in respectful dialogue is not only entitled to their perspectives but is also "entitled to be treated with respect and dignity." This toolkit defines respectful dialogue, identifies goals for faculty, staff, and students, provides strategies, and shares additional resources and supports.
Basic guidelines below for creating a brave space for authentic conversation where participants can learn from one another. These can be adapted to a workplace, a classroom, or a personal conversation with family and friends. Share these guidelines, adapted from Guidance for Talking about Racism, with participants and set the stage together.
A collection of readings developed by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) that connect to both historical and contemporary perspectives on racism. Many of these books can be accessed through The Ohio State University Libraries. ODI and University Libraries have reading guides to structure and spark conversation. These guides can be used to facilitate conversations and reading groups with friends, family members, and colleagues about race and racism.