Diversity Strategic Plan
As of April 2018, the LSU SVM benefits from the 5th most diverse faculty and the most diverse staff among veterinary schools in the United States. While these statistics are laudable, further efforts are warranted to continue to educate our students about the value of diversity, and to ensure our graduates will serve ideally the increasingly diverse clientele of the future.
Goal: Improve the Culture and celebration of diversity within the SVM
The strategic communications team will work with the SVM diversity Committee to develop a plan in Summer 2018 to be rolled out in early Fall 2018. This campaign will include (i) posting of the diversity and inclusivity mission statements throughout the school and more prominently on the SVM webpage and (ii) a social media campaign including hashtags such as #LSUvetmedDiversity.
Training programs will be made available that focus on cultural competency, diversity, inclusivity and professionalism. This objective will coincide with the SMART objectives of the Faculty Affairs section covering the same topic. NCBI (National Coalition Building Institute) will be the foundational program available to all students, faculty and staff.
- Students will receive NCBI training at Fall orientation, 2018 and continue at orientation for each entering class thereafter
- Faculty and staff will be provided with dates when NCBI training will be available throughout the year. Training will be strongly encouraged and time off will be granted to attend the programs.
Student Affairs in collaboration with LSU Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion will create a facilitated year 3 Problem Based Learning Case that educates DVM candidates on the topic of cultural competency, diversity, and inclusivity. Timing should roughly coincide with the ethics courses that year three students receive.
Consult with VOICE chapter on how to publicize the emphasis and success on diversity efforts.
Assess effectiveness of these programs by surveying alumni and employers. (2022).
Provide a means in Digital Measures to document activities that promote diversity and inclusivity for every faculty member.
Goal: Increase diversity of admitted veterinary students
Increase the diversity of the student applicant pool. The Director of Admissions will develop a plan to market the DVM to underrepresented minorities
The Director of Admissions will communicate with URM applicants and matriculates as to why they applied, why they enrolled or did not enroll, and what encouraged or discouraged them from attending.
Develop a plan to increase matriculation of underrepresented minorities such that they reflect the percentage in the applicant pool. This plan will come from the Director of Admissions to be crafted in concert with the admissions committee.
Work with Development to increase the number and dollar amounts of URM-focused scholarships. This should come from a development officer for which obtaining this objective comprises a substantial part of their efforts.
Goal: Increase diversity of Faculty
Train faculty search committees in proper conduct during searches including the types of questions, unconscious bias, etc
Begin a “Grow Your Own” strategy to hire URM faculty members. A committee will be formed and asked for a plan to identify URM students interested in veterinary specialty training and to attract them to train at the LSU SVM. The plan might involve financial incentives.