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CVM Faculty and Staff attend 22nd Annual National Conference on Diversity Race and Learning

On May 2nd and 3rd 2016, several members of the College of Veterinary Medicine attended the 22nd Annual National Conference on Diversity Race and Learning in Columbus, OH at the Fawcett Center. Dr. Mary Jo Burkhard, Dean Rustin Moore, Dr. Michael Oglesbee, Briana Lynem, and Betsy Gibson were among the 600 + participants in attendance at the conference.

The Conference Charge was given by Stephen S. Francis, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for the Office of the Mayor in Columbus, who stated that solutions start with individuals who push, press and persevere for diversity and inclusion. The audience then had the opportunity to attend their choice of 19 breakout sessions with themes such as the changing demographics throughout Ohio, how black men define race in the UK, understanding gender pronouns, expression and sexual orientation, and serving the historically disenfranchised.

The keynoted address was given by Marc A. Nivet, the Chief Diversity officer for the Association of American Medical CollegesBefore his keynote address began, Dr. Nivet was given the 2016 William H. Watson Memorial Award by Dr. Cathy Rakowski, Associate Professor of Rural Sociology in the School of Environmental and Natural Sciences. Established in 1977, this award honors Professor Watson, the Associate Dean of University College and Professor of Agricultural Education, who died in 1971. Dr. Nivet then spoke to the conference’s theme: “All Thing Being Unequal: Achieving Equity and Inclusion in This Generation.” Dr. Nivet indicated that there is nothing magical within diversity; what makes diversity valuable is when it is animated with the concept of inclusion.

After the keynote, the Grand Dialogue continued with Dr. Nivet and the audience. Moderated by Dr. Bernadette Mazurak Melnyk, Associate Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Office, and Professor and Dean of the Ohio State College of Nursing, Dr. Nivet and the audience expanded on the thoughts and ideas introduced in the keynote.



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Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 12:20pm