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Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives: Creating an Inclusive Environment for The Gator Nation and The World


Jim Lloyd

James W. Lloyd, D.V.M., Ph.D.

The UF College of Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to providing a diverse community within the college where everyone feels safe, heard, respected and valued for the talents and diversity they bring.

Our Dean’s Council has worked diligently to identify three top priorities that will lead our charge as we continue to create a college that celebrates and encourages diversity and inclusion.

  • Priority 1: Provide diversity and inclusion training for faculty, staff and students, as well as our residents, interns, and technicians at the UF Veterinary Hospitals
  • Priority 2: Define and create a clear organizational structure for our diversity and inclusion efforts
  • Priority 3: Increase our efforts in Pipeline Development to establish systems to encourage diversity and inclusion

We continue to promote these priorities through a variety of initiatives that include: trainings, resources, events, speakers, policies, and the recruitment and retention of a committed student body, faculty and staff.

Together, we are the change agents creating the future of veterinary medicine. We are the leaders in our communities who must advocate for fairness and equality. We must continue to be the mentors for underrepresented minorities who must have access to opportunities. The work we have to do is exciting and ongoing. Our collective efforts will bring greater global awareness to veterinary medicine, creating a new generation of veterinarians from diverse backgrounds, who will enrich our profession and our world.

Go Gators!

James W. Lloyd, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Professor and Dean


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Upcoming Events

  • January 26-27, 2017: Provost Symposium: Implicit Bias (Bob Graham Center for Public Service, Gainesville).
  • February 3, 2017: UF President’s Council on Diversity Symposium (Reitz Union, Gainesville).
  • March 10-12, 2017: AAVMC Annual Conference & Iverson Bell Symposium (Washington, DC).
  • March 16-18, 2017: Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) 2017 Diversity, Learning, and Student Success (Jacksonville).
  • March 22, 2017: 1st Annual Diversity Graduate Research Symposium (Reitz Union, Gainesville).  The symposium will include both oral and poster presentations from graduate students from the University of Florida and a keynote speaker addressing the importance of diversity in research. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The event will be interdisciplinary encompassing biological sciences, social sciences, humanities, computer science, engineering, math and physical sciences. The goal of this symposium is to showcase the outstanding quality and diversity of graduate-level research at the University of Florida. Students will receive monetary awards and recognition for best oral presentations and posters.  This event is sponsored by the Black Graduate Student Organization, the College of Medicine Biomedical Sciences Diversity Committee, the Graduate School, and the Office of Graduate Minority Programs. Everyone is welcome to attend, but must click here to register for the symposium.
  • March 29-April 1, 2017: Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) National Conference (Pittsburgh, PA).
  • May 22-June 30, 2017: UF Summer Health Professions Education Program (Gainesville). Early admission deadline is February 1; college freshmen or sophomores apply here:
  • May 30-June 3, 2017: National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) (Ft. Worth, TX).