April Pugh, director of admissions, recruitment and special events, recently received the 2018 Iverson Bell Midwest Regional Diversity Summit Zoetis Diversity and Inclusion Award. April was chosen from a competitive field of applicants from veterinary schools across the Midwest.
The award recognizes April’s contributions towards supporting progress in achieving diversity and inclusion at Ohio State. Since joining the college in 2007, April has used her expertise and training in diversity, equity, culture, and adult education and her focus on recruitment to increase the representation of educationally, economically and culturally diverse students prepared for entrance into Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Under April’s guidance, the college has made dramatic increases in our class diversity. Between the recently graduated Class of 2018 and the incoming Class of 2022, our college has increased the incoming class representation of students from underrepresented minorities from 13% to 36% and increased from 18.5% to 26% men. Since data tracking began, the proportion of first generation college graduates has increased from 15% to 31%. Throughout these changes, the incoming average GPA has remained at 3.6.