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Diversity at Penn Vet


Welcome, Roderick J. Gilbert - 1st Penn Vet Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

Roderick Gilbert, Penn VetThe School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Vet) has announced the appointment of Roderick J. Gilbert as the School’s first Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. In this new role, Gilbert will be responsible for shaping Penn Vet’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy for students and staff; establishing relationships with diversity leads from across the University and within the veterinary profession to build awareness of Penn Vet’s inclusion activities; and building upon the School’s foundation of allyship. The appointment of Gilbert will accelerate Penn Vet’s efforts to embed diversity, equity and inclusion across the School’s teaching, healthcare, and research missions.

At Penn Vet we are committed to diversity and inclusivity. In our admissions policy we seek to create a population that is diverse in every imaginable way — gender, ethnicity, race, culture, religion, class, background, age — one that reflects the populations we serve.

Understanding and appreciating diversity is a priority, both at our school and in the veterinary profession itself. It is fundamental to success in today's world. We seek to increase awareness, respect, and sensitivity to all differences among individuals.

Diversity is our mission as educators, too. True learning comes, in part, from learning to be different together. Students arrive at Penn Vet from numerous, diverse regions. After they graduate, they head off to different communities. All need to thrive in an inclusive environment.

Besides providing our students with a first-class veterinary education, we at Penn Vet have an obligation to educate them in issues pertaining to a diverse society. Our approach is to lead by example, providing students with tools to overcome diversity issues in the veterinary profession. Just as we, as educators, are invested in the principle of One Health, we also believe in one world. One that contains all of us. Different together.

Penn Vet's Commitment Against Racism and Inequity

Dean Andrew Hoffman shares a statement on Penn Vet's commitment
to improve diversity, inclusivity, and equity in our community.

Read Dean Hoffman's statement...