Health Begins Here

"The core strength of our organization is our people. By following the guidelines established in our 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, we continue our commitment to empowering and strengthening our community of faculty, students and staff through programs dedicated to well-being, diversity and professional development.



Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

  • Development of an antiracism statement and plan to address structural racism at every level of the college, including:
    • Mentoring, alumni engagement and D.V.M. student pipelineTwo DVM students pose for the camera
    • D.V.M. education and curriculum
    • Community-building and education
    • Faculty and staff recruitment
    • Communications
    • Infrastructure
  • Establishing the new position of assistant dean of inclusion and academic excellence and appointing Dr. Melanie Ragin in this inaugural role
  • Continuing the monthly diversity and inclusion dialogues series, “Many Voices, One College,” which provides an open forum for the college community to cultivate understanding.
  • Held virtual CVM Town Hall meetings on antiracism, including:
    • "Creating a CVM antiracist action plan"
    • Standing up against racism and a moment of silence for Black lives lost to racist violence
  • Continued support for the Program for Achieving Career Excellence program, which supports early career faculty and underrepresented minorities through networking, professional development and mentoring programs
  • Required diversity statements by all prospective faculty candidates
  • Added evaluation and reporting on diversity and inclusion activities in annual performance dialogues for college leadership and faculty
  • Ongoing recruitment efforts resulting in 24% of incoming Ph.D. students being from underrepresented minority groups
  • Training of hiring managers on best practices for inclusive interviewing
  • Gender decoding of staff job ads


Student Wellbeing

  • Held a student-wide viewing of Cornell Health's "Life Hacks" video and a follow-up discussion by a faculty/student/young alumni panel on navigating difficult times in school and avenues for seeking help
  • Hosted webinars about mental health in veterinary medicine and held training from the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention
  • Hosted journal/book club on well-being topics 
  • Telehealth counseling appointments with Cornell Counseling and Psychological Services now make access much easier for all D.V.M. students
  • Stress relief activities in conjunction with Peer Mentors and Student Wellness Initiative, such as remote cooking classes and game nights
  • Learning strategies workshops led by assistant dean of students and instruction
CVM students pose for the camera at the 2019 Wellness fair

Faculty and Staff Wellbeing

  • Held weekly virtual CVM Town Hall meetings for the entire CVM community during the COVID-19 shutdown, and continue to host regular meetings to support the community. Topics have included:
    • “A framework for managing stress for individuals and organizations”
    • “Finding and adapting to summer childcare options”
    • "Employee well-being at work and home during uncertain times"
  • Held annual CVM Wellbeing Fair – hosting a variety of vendors supporting wellbeing initiatives
  • Held informative well-being meetings at night for our second- and third-shift employees, highlighting benefits and the variety of resources available to staff
  • Hosted the annual Pie and Ice Cream Celebration for all CVM faculty, staff and students
  • Provided weekly communications starting shortly after COVID showcasing the various resources available as a result of working and living in a pandemic
  • Onsite counseling services one day a week
  • Provided in-house trainings on effective communications, managing change and conflict resolution
  • Provided 24/7 human resource services to help support the mission of CVM