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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

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To best serve the needs of our community, our profession must embrace the broadest definition and fullest spectrum of diversity including age, ancestry, color, race, ethnicity, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, 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.

Land Acknowledgement

A land acknowledgement recognizes and respects the relationship that exists between Indigenous peoples and their ancestral and contemporary territories. Additionally, a land acknowledgement provides opportunity to explore the current impact of colonization and systemic oppression on Indigenous peoples. Land acknowledgements do not exist in past tense or a historical context as colonialism is a current ongoing process.

The CVM Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging would like to acknowledge that the land The Ohio State University occupies is the ancestral and contemporary territory of the Shawnee, Potawatomi, Delaware, Miami, Peoria, Seneca, Wyandotte, Ojibwe and Cherokee peoples. Specifically, the university resides on land ceded in the 1795 Treaty of Greeneville and the forced removal of tribes through the Indian Removal Act of 1830. We want to honor the resiliency of these tribal nations and recognize the historical contexts that have and continue to affect the Indigenous peoples of this land.


Respectful Dialogue Toolkit


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.


Strategies for Dialogues about Race, Difference, and Inequity

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.

2020 Insight Into Diversity Inspiring Affinity Group Award
College of Veterinary Medicine Dean's Diversity Council
College of Veterinary Medicine Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee


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