The Inclusive Veterinary Community for Empowerment Club (IVCE) at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences recently received the 2018 Most Improved Chapter Award from Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment (VOICE). IVCE is the umbrella organization for two national organizations—VOICE and Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association (BSVSA).
The Center’s IVCE Club received this award for restoring the club’s national status and providing a plan for the academic year. IVCE kicked off the year with a diversity panel discussion with the Center’s veterinary clinicians and a bake sale to benefit Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue. This semester the group plans to work with Banfield and Pet Smart Charities to bring in speakers.
The IVCE Club upholds the mission of both VOICE and BSVSA in raising awareness, as well as sensitivity, to individuals of differing sex, race, national origin, religion, sexual identity, and gender identity. The club celebrates diversity within the profession of veterinary medicine and looks forward to the growth of diversity and inclusion at OSU.