Dean's Grand Rounds

September 30, 2020

Allyship in Veterinary Medicine

This month’s Dean’s Ground Rounds was a discussion on Allyship in Veterinary Medicine. Allyship focuses on building relationships with others to create inclusive and welcoming spaces for everyone. Our panelists discussed ways to become better allies in the veterinary school, clinical practice, research labs, and the general community.

Wes Heath

Assistant Director of Cross-Cultural Affairs

Wes has a dual bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from Manchester University, and a master’s degree in Sociology from Ball State University. In January of 2018, Wes will begin earning his PhD in Higher Education Administration with an anticipated graduation date of May 2021. In his current role as Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs at Louisiana State University, Wes is responsible for researching, designing, and implementing strategies that encourage students to work across social lines, exploring complex notions of diversity, intersectionality, and social justice. He serves as the primary adviser, coordinating academic achievement and leadership development for Hispanic, Native American, Asian American, and LGBTQ+ student organizations and committees. He also coordinates the annual MLK Commemorative Week, the LGBTQ+ Project, and Safe Space training program.

Henry Green

Associate Professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Henry W. Green, III, DVM, DACVIM-Cardiology, recently returned to his Alma Mater Louisiana State University (DVM C/O ’99) as associate professor of cardiology. Following completion of an internship at the University of Tennessee in 2000; he completed a residency in cardiology at Purdue University in 2003. At that time he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Cardiology and remained as a faculty member of Purdue University CVM until 2020. There he served as chair of internship programs for eight years, created the diversity internship and residency programs and trained nine residents in cardiology. Dr. Green has been published in numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts, medical texts, and scientific abstracts and awarded research grants from multiple organizations. His professional awards/honors include The Weedon Faculty Recognition Award, Student Recognition for Excellence in Teaching, The Raymond E. Plue Alumni Teaching award at Purdue University, and The Zoetis Diversity and Inclusion Award. He enjoys actively mentoring students and has mentored numerous current and past students in the veterinary, nursing and pre-veterinary programs. His areas of interest include interventional cardiology, cardiac pacing, muscle atrophy and cardiomyopathies.

Summer Steib

Director of the LSU Women's Center

Summer Steib is the Director of the LSU Women’s Center. In addition, she is a Past President for the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault & the YWCA Greater Baton Rouge. She serves as chair of LSU’s Bias Incident Response team, a Lighthouse Advocate, a Pregnancy Advocate and is a member of LSU’s University Council on Gender Equity.  Steib is an experienced presenter, trainer, and facilitator with expertise in women’s leadership, navigating micro & macro workplace aggressions, contemporary issues impacting women, and diversity. She is a facilitator with the Nation Coalition Building Institute, Start Smart Salary Negotiation, and the Victim-Offender Dialogue Program.  


Lorrie Gaschen

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Professor of Diagnostic Imaging

Donnie Watkins

Diversity, Student, and Faculty Affairs Coordinator


August 26, 2020

Building a Culture of Wellbeing in Veterinary Medicine


Makenzie Peterson, MSc

Director of Wellbeing at the AAVMC

Makenzie Peterson serves as the AAVMC's first Director for Wellbeing. She brings a systems-oriented, community-wide perspective to the task of developing and implementing programs that promote wellbeing at AAVMC member institutions.