Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We believe in tackling the most significant veterinary challenges through action-oriented, community-based inclusive excellence.


Our Mission

We are committed to integrating diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the College of Veterinary Medicine to build and sustain a culturally responsive, inclusive and empowered community.

Learn more about the actions we take to meet our commitment to our student community.

Student Services

Student Services at the College of Veterinary Medicine are designed with students’ diverse experiences in mind. Doctoral candidates, many of whom are first-generation college students, come from a wide array of backgrounds and experiences. At the Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine, diversity is celebrated.


A holistic approach to diversity, equity and inclusion in student learning and affairs is key to creating changes that make a difference in the career field. DEI works to educate staff and faculty about the wealth of experiences our students bring to the table and encourages an inclusive mindset to ensure room for everyone in our workspaces and classrooms. This intentional community-building cultivates an environment where all students can feel confident and supported.


Inclusion is built into the curriculum to help students become adaptive, culturally responsive learners. Each semester, students learn professional skills intended to help prepare them for working effectively with teams of all backgrounds. Career-ready veterinarians are equipped with both medical expertise and interpersonal know-how.

Focused on educating culturally responsive day-one-ready veterinarians, prepared to be transformative leaders in their communities. 

DEI Staff

Alberta A. Arviso, Ph.D. (she/her)

Senior Engagement Officer

Teresa Graham Brett, J.D. (she/her)

Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

J. Eik Diggs (she/they)

Graduate Student

Barbie Gadsden, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP (she/her)

Associate Professor of Pathology in Practice


Athena Ganchorre, PhD (she/her)

Assistant Dean, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Grace Kong, M.Div (she/her)

Administrative Support Assistant

Nita Ocansey, PSM (she/her)

Assistant Director, Student Support

Jihee Yoon (she/her)

Graduate Student


Contact our Admissions team to learn more about our program and the recruitment and application process.  

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