What is VALID?
We are a DVM student-run organization that works closely with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at UF CVM. Our main goals are to educate others on topics regarding diversity and inclusion in veterinary medicine, to empower those from under-represented communities, and to promote an open, safe, and inclusive environment at UF CVM. We collaborate with our local Gainesville community by creating opportunities for dialogue regarding local events, policy, and change.
This student organization was founded in 2013 by Drs. Rachel Warnes, Florence Whitehill, and Andrew Torchia. At the time, it was called “Full Spectrum Veterinary Alliance” and was an organization dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ+ community at UF CVM. As time went on, the student leaders recognized a need for an inclusive organization that supported all marginalized groups at the college. Thus, in 2018, the Diversity and Inclusion Veterinary Alliance (DIVA) was born. DIVA established several events at the college as well as a relationship with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at UF CVM. In the summer of 2020, the organization went through a final name change to VALID: Veterinary Alliance for Leadership, Inclusion, and Diversity. This name better represents our priorities and the organization’s goals. The new logo includes the upward moving arrows, reflecting leadership, progress, and empowerment.
- ASL for Vet Med
- Vet Med for Black Lives fundraiser
- AAPI in Vet Med panelist event
- Spanish for Vet Med
- Pride Week celebration
- Disability Awareness Training
- Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month celebration
- Deaf/HOH panel
- MLK Day of Service
- Vet School: Ask Me Anything panel
- Holiday Donation Drive
- And much more!
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uf.dvms4diversity/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/valid.ufcvm/
The 2021-2022 VALID Team:
VALID Vice President and Social Media Coordinator
VALID Treasurer and Pride Liaison
VALID Merchandise Chair
Giselle La Hoz
VALID First-Year Class Representative