LSU Vet Med receives Insight Into Diversity 2021 HEED Award
BATON ROUGE, LA—The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine received the 2021 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the annual Health Professions HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — LSU Vet Med will be featured, along with 50 other recipients, in the December 2021 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. This is the second consecutive year that LSU Vet Med has received this award, and LSU Vet Med is one of only six veterinary schools in the U.S. to receive the award in 2021.
“We are truly delighted to accept this award, which recognizes our efforts to celebrate diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging,” said Oliver Garden, BVetMed, PhD, dean of LSU Vet Med. “We strive to treat everyone—our students, faculty, staff, and clients—with the utmost respect every day. We are better veterinarians and scientists when we unite and share our unique perspectives.”
LSU Vet Med’s diversity efforts are led by Henry Green, III, DVM, DACVIM, assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion and associate professor of veterinary cardiology, and Donnie Watkins, diversity manager. “To be honored with the HEED award for the second consecutive year speaks to the solid cultural foundation created by our previous administration under the leadership of Dr. Lorrie Gaschen, and to the excellent management of our program by Donnie Watkins. We are unwavering in our commitment to the continuous growth of our culture of inclusive excellence and belonging, such that everyone associated with LSU Vet Med can reach their full potential.”
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected LSU Vet Med for several reasons, a few of which are described below:
- Development of minority affinity groups, including the LSU SVM Student Association of Black Veterinarians and a Latin X student organization;
- Established minority scholarships for recruitment;
- Added diversity and inclusion education in the DVM curriculum.
“The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees—and best practices for both—continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We take a detailed approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being done every day across their campus.”
Other recipients of the 2021 Health Professions HEED Award are:
- A.T. Still University of Graduate Health Sciences
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, University of California, Davis
- College of Public Health at The Ohio State University
- Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
- Duke University School of Nursing
- Florida State University College of Medicine
- Frontier Nursing University
- Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
- Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
- McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
- MGH Institute of Health Professions
- University of Michigan Medical School
- Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
- NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
- Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
- TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine
- Texas A&M University (TAMU) - College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS)
- Texas A&M University Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy
- The Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc.
- The Medical University of South Carolina
- The Ohio State University College of Medicine
- The Ohio State University College of Nursing
- The Ohio State University College of Optometry
- The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
- UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
- University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health
- University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)
- University of California, Riverside School of Medicine
- University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
- University of Cincinnati James L Winkle College of Pharmacy
- University of Cincinnati, College of Allied Health Sciences
- University of Florida College of Dentistry
- University of Florida College of Pharmacy
- University of Houston College of Nursing
- University of Kentucky College of Medicine
- University of Louisville Health Sciences Center
- University of Maryland School of Nursing
- University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
- University of Minnesota School of Nursing
- University of Mississippi Medical Center
- University of Rochester School of Nursing
- University of Virginia School of Medicine
- University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing
- UT Southwestern Medical Center
- Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
- Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
- Weill Cornell Medicine
For more information about the 2021 Health Professions HEED Award, visit insightintodiversity.com.
For more information about LSU Vet Med, please go to lsu.edu/vetmed.
About LSU Vet Med
The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 32 veterinary schools in the U.S. and the only one in Louisiana. LSU Vet Med is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through education, research, and service. We teach. We heal. We discover. We protect.
About INSIGHT Into Diversity
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the oldest and largest diversity publication in higher education today and is well-known for its annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the only award recognizing colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts across their campuses. In addition to its online job board, INSIGHT Into Diversity presents timely, thought-provoking news and feature stories on matters of diversity and inclusion across higher education and beyond. Articles include interviews with innovators and experts, as well as profiles of best practices and exemplary programs. Readers will also discover career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses that embrace a diverse and inclusive workforce. Current, archived, and digital issues of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine are available online at insightintodiversity.com.
Top: Members of the Student Association of Black Veterinarians.
Bottom: Members of the Student Association of Black Veterinarians visit with young people at a Baton Rouge YMCA.
Ginger Guttner, APR
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine