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The following is a message to all members of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association, on behalf of the SAVMA Executive Board.
November 17, 2016
The student veterinary community is a place for all people. It is not, however, a place for all behavior.
Sadly, we’ve seen a dramatic rise in hateful acts following last week's U.S. presidential election. These hateful acts have even reached students at University of Pennsylvania, home to the Penn School of Veterinary Medicine.
The Student AVMA has no stance on federal policy, but we do have a stance on hate: we wholeheartedly denounce it in all forms. Our mission includes supporting all veterinary students, and to not decry discrimination would be a failure in that mission.
We will fight for campus communities to remain places where students can pursue their education free of judgment and concerns for their safety. Our schools, as well as the future of our profession, must be safe for members of all race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, and political affiliation.
The Student AVMA remains committed to inclusion, diversity, and wellness. At our summer meeting, the House of Delegates formed a Wellness Committee and installed the inaugural Cultural Outreach Officer (Kyle Hohu: firstname.lastname@example.org). If you would like to learn – or have ideas for – how to actively create a more inclusive community, your chapter President or Delegates would love to hear from you.
We end this message the same way we started it, with a reminder that at the end of the day, we all belong to the same community.
Take care of each other,
Matt Holland, President (SAVMAPresident@avma.org)
on behalf of the SAVMA Executive Board