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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 In Culture and Ethnicity (VOICE), the Broad Spectrum Veterinary Student Association (BSVSA), and the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI). The focus has since expanded and now includes veterinary student representatives from VOICE and BSVSA (with plans to hopefully include WVLDI in the future). Graduate students, faculty, house officers, staff, and administrative personnel from Cummings School are also represented.


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

TVCD Events

TVCD Executive Board Members

2018-2019 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.

Student Co-Chair India Napier, V’20
Student Co-Chair Elect (Events) 2nd year TBA
Faculty Co-Chair TBA
Treasurer Sarah Wilson, V’21
VOICE Representative
Veterinary 2nd year
Vishwa Rasania, V’21
Broad Spectrum Representative (BSVSD) Jay Sheintop, V’21
Angelia Di Rienzo, V’21
SCAVMA Liaison Derek Standlee, V’20
Social Media Liaison TBA
Veterinary 1st year TBA
Veterinary 2nd year Tatiana Henry, V’21
Veterinary 3rd year Avery Berkowitz, V’20
Veterinary 4th year Cindy Cesar, V’19
PhD David Pirovich, 2021
Master TBA
Faculty Rep FHSA/HLA Jennifer Graham
Flo Tseng
Faculty Rep At Large Flo Tseng
Staff – Hospital Juanita Hicks
Darlene Martell
Staff – Non-Clinical Kate Beckett
Danielle Buczek
Staff – Support TVCD Donna Roberts