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Tufts Veterinary Council on Diversity (TVCD)

Founded in 2014, the Tufts Veterinary Council on Diversity (TVCD) served as the umbrella organization for the student chapters of national diversity-related organizations: Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment (VOICE), the Pride Student Veterinary Medical Community (PrideSVMC; previously known as the Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association), and the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI). Our focus has since expanded to now include representatives for veterinary students, graduate students, faculty, house officers, staff, and administrative personnel from Cummings School in order to address issues and guide initiatives regarding diversity and inclusion across campus.

Mission

Its overarching mission (R.E.A.C.H.) is to champion campus-wide efforts aimed to create an environment where all individuals are respected, and diversity and inclusion are embraced.

  • Recognize the worth and dignity of diverse individuals and groups at Cummings School
  • Embrace diversity as Cummings School delivers positive impact through teaching, healing, research and civic engagement.
  • Advance ever-growing sensitivity and mutual respect to foster a healthy learning and working environment
  • Champion inclusion and empowerment in the veterinary community through visible, meaningful advocacy
  • Highlight the importance of diversity and inclusion at Cummings School to support the recruitment of students, faculty, and staff from a variety of backgrounds

Events

These photographs were taken at the following campus events: Open House, Story Night, Coming In Day, SAVMA BBQ, MLK Day of Service, Beyond the Skin, and Lunar New Year.

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TVCD Executive Board Members

2020-2021 Committee

Committee members bring the voice of their respective organizations to the TVCD and ensure that fellow students, colleagues and corresponding members are kept abreast of the Council’s activities and events.

TVCD Executive Board 2020-2021
Category Position Primary Secondary
Students Co-Chair Lexi Fielding (V22)
Past Co-Chair Tatiana Henry (V21)
Treasurer Open
SAVMA Liaison Alena Naimark (V22)
Social Media Liaison Sayali Karke (V23)
Disability Justice Liaison Ashely Sanchez (V22)
Veterinary 1st Year Representatives Brianna O’Malley (V24) Alexandra Awad (V24)
Veterinary 2nd Year Representatives Krishana Raghubeer (V23) Lauren Fay (V23)
Veterinary 3rd Year Representatives Tess Deegan (V22) Open
Veterinary 4th Year Representatives Tatiana Henry (V21) Daniela Lopez Goicochea (V21)
Master’s/PhD Representative Radwa Abdallah (MAPP)
WVLDI Liaison/Co- President Adrienne Barber (V23)
Co-President Lexi Fielding (V22)
Secretary Kyla Jackson (V22)
Historian Lisa Dixon (V22)
Faculty Advisor Dr. Annie Wayne
VOICE Liaison/President Meaghan Hanlon (V22)
TBD Cora Evans (V23)
TBD Olivia Pea (V21)
Faculty Advisor Dr. Stephanie Borns- Weil
PrideSVMC PrideSVMC Liaison/President Marina Huenchunir (V23)
Faculty Advisor Dr. Francisco Conrado
Faculty Co-Chair Dr. Francisco Conrado
FHSA/HLA Dr. Jennifer Graham Dr. Marjorie Bercier
At-Large Dr. Flo Tseng Dr. Rafael Senos
House Officers FHSA/HLA Dr. Emily Wheeler Dr. Jonjo Reece
Staff Hospital Eric Richman Cristin Kilpatrick
Non-Clinical Suzanne Upkong Sarah Hurd
Ex-Officio Tufts Chief Diversity Officer Dean Joyce Sackey
Associate Director for Diversity and Inclusion Education and Training Adriana Black
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Climate Dr. Flo Tseng