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Cummings School is a 2017 Grant recipient for the nationwide pipeline program, This Is How We “Role,” supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program, of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The program focuses on students in grades K-4 who are educationally disadvantaged due to socioeconomic status, race, or ethnicity, with the long-term goal of diversifying the veterinarian-scientist workforce. Veterinarians and veterinary students help kids learn about the breadth of careers in the veterinary profession and how we can prevent and treat health conditions that impact both people and their animals. One of the goals of the program is to introduce underrepresented children to the idea of a career in veterinary medicine, by exposing them to diverse role models, including those of different ethnic backgrounds. Priority was given to veterinary colleges that have student role model teams representing diversity in the profession (i.e. race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, geographic origin, specialty/research interest).

Thanks to India Napier V20 for helping to identify a partner elementary school (Belmont St. in Worcester) and seven students who will help deliver an after-school curriculum for one-hour, two to three times per week (12 lessons total). Without her work, this program would not be happening. Other involved students include V20s Margarita Brown, Diane Chen, Josue Lugardo, Ruby Ng, Derek Standlee, and James Su. Involved faculty/staff include, Ms. Erin King, and Drs. Dr. Janetrix Hellen Amuguni, Deborah Kochevar, Melissa Mazan, Megan Mueller, Elizabeth Rozanski, and Cynthia Leveille-Webster.