Community of Inclusion Certificate Program

Faculty, staff or student members can join The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in promoting diversity and inclusion through participating in the CVM Community of Inclusion Certificate Program. Developed by the College Of Veterinary Medicine Diversity Committee, participation in this program demonstrates a commitment to fostering inclusivity within our community, the veterinary profession, and the communities we serve. Together, we can create a culture of understanding and appreciation for the diverse world around us.

Program Information

  • Members of the college have increased knowledge of various cultures and backgrounds as measured by completion of 'experiences'.
  • Increased willingness to develop skills in cross-cultural communication as measured by participation in college dialogues.
  • Increase a climate of inclusion and cultural responsiveness as measured by reduced survey responses noting disrespect and/or discrimination.
  • Mechanism to formally acknowledge individual efforts to gain awareness of and promote diversity and inclusion.

Experience refers to any of the types of opportunities below. Some examples are listed below; however you may also (and are encouraged to do so) identify other opportunities within these categories. If you are not sure whether it qualifies or if it is an opportunity outside of the college that we should raise awareness of and include in our list, you may submit the experience to Margo Peerenboom at, and she will post it on the Certificate Program Learning Experiences page.

Partner – Learns about and supports a Community of Inclusion
6 experiences total

  • 3 or more learning experiences
  • 1 or more dialogue / engagement experience

Ambassador – Represents the Community of Inclusion and expands the dialogue
6 experiences beyond Level One for 12 experiences total

  • 2 or more learning experiences
  • 2 or more dialogue engagement experiences

Champion – Actively promotes a Community of Inclusion and helps to facilitate the process
6 experiences beyond Level Two for 18 experiences total

  • 1 or more  learning experiences
  • 2 or more dialogue / engagement experiences
  • 1 or more facilitation/development experiences

*Only one level may be earned per academic year

  • Complete an Implicit Association Test (IAT) that you haven’t taken before TedTalks, videos (in general, these will likely be at least 15 minutes in length)
  • Articles (excluding brief summations)
  • VOICE seminars
  • CVM Inclusive Diversity seminars and panels
  • Relevant CVM training (e.g. for admissions, search committees)
  • Multicultural Center events and training
  • Relevant diversity and inclusion training in the community
  • Other Learning experiences as identified throughout the year by the CVM Diversity Committee

Not included: formal core or elective courses in the professional or graduate programs

Learning Experiences

The Respectful Dialogue Toolkit has been created to help those committed to leading and engaging in important conversations around race and racism, equity, and inclusion. These tools can be adapted for the classroom, the workplace, or a personal conversation with family or friends. This toolkit defines respectful dialogue, provides strategies for nourishing these meaningful conversations, and keeps the community updated with webinars and events to help you further develop your skills. The toolkit was developed in partnership by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning, and University Libraries.


NOVA discrimination against women in science

AAVMC Podcast on Student Wellbeing

How Diversity in the Veterinary World Benefits Everyone, with Allen Cannedy

Diversity and Inclusion on Air - Animal Behavior and Assistance Animals

AAVMC Diversity and Inclusion on Air

  • Soundcloud archives:
    American Association Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) conversations about diversity, inclusion & veterinary medicine
  • New programs will be advertised on the CVM Diversity and Inclusion events page

Tests / Online Trainings

Implicit Association Test

Ohio State's Center for Belonging and Social Change


In general, at least 15 minutes of video content should be considered for a learning event. You may combine several shorter videos on one topic or several topic as needed. A single video on any topic may be used as part of a small group discussion and/or facilitated event.

What to do When People Keep Asking Where You're *Really* From

3 Ways to Be a Better Ally In The Workplace

Decoded: Whitesplaining

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson Addresses the Racial Tension in American Society

Why So Few Diversity Candidates Are Hired

What Is Privilege?

Trans Men Open Up About Their Experiences With Male Privilege

The Danger of a Single Story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | TED Talks

    Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

The DNA Journey

Verna Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them

    Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Verna Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.

Mellody Hobson: Color blind or color brave?

    The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail." But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring — makes for better businesses and a better society.

Wade Davis: Cultures at the far edge of the world

    With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world's indigenous cultures, which are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate.

Pamela Wible: Why doctors kill themselves

    Founder of the ideal medical care movement Pamela Wible shares why, in order to heal patients, physicians must first heal their profession – and what can happen if they don’t.

Clint Smith: The danger of silence

    "We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't," says poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.

Brené Brown on Blame

    You are probably a bit of a blamer - most of us are. But why should we give it up? In this witty sequel to our most watched RSA Short, inspirational thinker Brené Brown considers why we blame others, how it sabotages our relationships, and why we desperately need to move beyond this toxic behaviour.

The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation. Webinar sponsored by the American Public Health Association. To access, click on link and enter name/email.

LGBTQ Health Disparities (Jan 28, 2015)

BBC Documentary


Next steps for transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming belonging in veterinary medicine

2020 Status Report on Women

    As 2020 comes to an end, The Women's Place (TWP) concludes its 20th anniversary celebration. This year, TWP's Status Report on Women at Ohio State celebrates this anniversary by reflecting on TWP's part in creating a more equitable culture and advancing women at the university. The report also offers comparative data to evaluate women's employment and promotion at the university over the last 20 years, while highlighting how everyone at Ohio State can contribute to culture change.

'You Must Retract This Paper'

'Dear Professor': On Anti-Blackness and Learning

Guide To Being an Ally to Transgender and Nonbinary Youth

AVMA Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine

Guide To Allyship - It’s Time to Talk About Race in the Equine Veterinary Profession

Allyship - an active, consistent, and arduous practice of unlearning and re-evaluating, in which a person in a position of privilege and power seeks to operate in solidarity with a marginalized group

It’s Time to Talk About Race in the Equine Veterinary Profession

What is implicit bias? The invisible racism that makes Black women dread the doctor's office

White people assume niceness is the answer to racial inequality. It's not Robin diAngelo

"I Was a Low-Income College Student. Classes Weren’t the Hard Part." by Anthony Abraham Jack

"This institution was never meant for me": the Impact of Institutional Historical Portraiture on Medical Students

Academic Science Rethinks All-Too-White 'Dude Walls' Of Honor

"Suicide In Our Community"

Coast Guard's Top Officer Pledges "Dedicated Campaign" to Improve Diversity

Rooting out implicit bias in admissions

Mind and Life

The Last Slave

Why Black Employees Hesitate to Open Up About Themselves

Being an Effective Ally for Inclusion

How to 'Not Be Rich'

The Starbucks Incident

"They" Pronouns

What Research Tells Us About how Women Are Treated at Work

Yes, You Have Implicit Biases, Too

But Will Her Husband Move?

These Blind Spots Prevent Gender Equality In The Workplace

Bullying and Shaming in Veterinary Medicine - The VBM Podcast with Dr. Betsy Charles

Learning How to Be Together

White privilege: Unpacking the invisible backpack. Peggy McIntosh

An Ivy League Professor On Why Colleges Don't Hire More Faculty of Color: "We don't want them"

Double-blind reviewing at EvoLang 11 reveals gender bias

The Back Page: Embracing Diversity in Veterinary Medicine

Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes

Clinical Crisis: Why Are So Many Veterinarians Committing Suicide?

Being Transgender Is Not a Mental Disorder

Driving a Wedge Between Evidence and Beliefs: How Online Ideological News Exposure Promotes Political Misperceptions

Rule No. 1 for Female Academics: Don’t Have a Baby

The Mathematics Pipeline and Student Diversity: An Uncommon Dialogue

First Generation Students

  • Participate in CVM Community of Inclusion Brown Bag discussions (CVM discussions will use the Multicultural Center Community Kit model and resources)
  • Host your own small group or brown bag discussion (discussion to include at least 3 members) using a Multicultural Center Community Kit
  • Summarize an article / video / or other learning experience and submit a guest blog for CVM Community
  • Community engagement experience
    • Participate in an educational outreach to K-12 students (excluding Colerain day or other events required in the professional program)
    • Volunteer to support underserved communities
  • Other Dialogue/Engagement Experiences as identified throughout the year by the CVM Diversity Committee
  • Organize a diversity and inclusion session (seminar, dialogue, training, panel, etc)
  • Develop a Community Kit for the Multicultural Center
    • Includes identification of article, video or other media and 3-5 questions relevant for small group discussions
    • May work independently or in small groups of up to 5 members to develop
  • Organize a diversity or heritage awareness event or activity
  • Organize a community engagement event
    • Educational outreach to K-12 students (excluding Colerain day or other events required in the professional program)
    • Volunteer event to support underserved communities
  • Serve on or moderate a diversity and inclusion panel
  • Organize and lead a small group discussion within the college or community
  • Other Facilitation and Development Experiences as identified throughout the year by the CVM Diversity Committee

Use the following form to submit to the Communicty of Inclusion Certificate Program.

Community of Inclusion Certificate Program Submission Form