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Dean Hoffman's Message – June 4


Message from Dean Hoffman – Thursday, June 4, 2020

Dear Penn Vet Community,

Enclosed is a video where I have tried, as a male of white privilege, to briefly frame my views on racial injustice and the killing of George Floyd. And I’ve opened a dialogue on action items that I hope will continue for years to come. 

I want to be clear, we do not - we will not - tolerate racism, violence, or inequity against communities of color, communities of orientation, communities of gender, or communities of faith. We will not, period. 

What gives me some hope, is that the Penn Vet community is making several efforts now to improve diversity, inclusivity, equity, and climate in our community.  Below is a short list of our existing and new programs. We can start by strengthening and operationalizing our current activities, and grow from there. 

Like the pandemic, the recent racial injustices feel like a turning point, where nothing will be the same. I hope for the black community, and for all communities of color, that we will see real change for the better this time. Let’s do our part to make that happen.  

Take care of yourselves, and please take care of one another.

With gratitude, 

Dean Andy Hoffman

 

PS - Here are some of the initiatives that have been in place, or introduced over this past year: 

Admissions, Recruitment, and Curriculum

  • Admissions processes, recruitment scholarships, and onboarding events, that are increasing underrepresented student enrollment and improving climate 
  • Dual veterinary degrees aimed at expanding access to not only veterinary care, but to human healthcare and social services for underrepresented or underserved
  • Training and expansion of diversity advisors for faculty searches

Community Outreach

  • VOICE student activities
  • Educational, pipeline, and clinical programs of Shelter Medicine and Community Engagement in Philadelphia
  • One Health Clinics and MLK Day

Training

  • Diversity Certificate training for faculty and staff (through Purdue)
  • Annual Implicit Bias Training

Culture

  • Diversity Council that is giving voice to students, staff, and faculty, and providing counsel on diversity initiatives
  • Culture committees at New Bolton Center and Ryan Hospital  
  • Diversity and Inclusion Lecture Series