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Community and Culture

Building an inclusive community is critical to the CVM’s academic mission and ensuring the success of our students. New perspectives deepen our understanding, strengthen our community and propel our innovation

Mission Statement

NC State College of Veterinary Medicine strives to be the premier institution for training and preparing future leaders in veterinary medicine and research sciences. We are committed to excellence. Belonging and inclusion are vital to our goal. We recognize that an inclusive community generates diverse thought necessary to successfully create relevant and effective solutions to complex challenges. We choose to be a culture that values belonging, inclusion, respect, empathy and equality for all.

Inclusion at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is defined as the practice of intentionally building a culture that values people and ideas and embraces the meaningful participation of all.

At NC State, it is our vision that the positive lessons of valuing one another will extend well beyond our college community and have broader far-reaching impacts on the future of the veterinary medicine profession.

Project Safe Ally Program

The Project SAFE Ally program is a three-hour workshop that NC State CVM undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni participate in to understand and address the needs of GLBT students. The CVM contributes over 25 allies to this initiative. The curriculum addresses a wide range of information.

Veterinary Students as One In Culture and Ethnicity: VOICE

The NC State CVM chapter of Veterinary Students as One In Culture and Ethnicity is a student-run organization that addresses a need for sociocultural awareness that is not part of the current core veterinary curriculum. We are an organized and unified student voice contributing to enhancing the diversity of the profession and the cultural competence of veterinary students.

Cultural Awareness Programming

Creating belonging through engaging programs that raise awareness and encourage cultural competency, through community engagement are important to support relationship and knowledge development in our CVM Community.

Each semester several Cultural Awareness focused programs are offered on a variety of subjects and in a variety of formats for the CVM Community. The goal of the programs are to develop and increase cultural competency, and raise awareness of topics and issues that impact veterinary medicine and STEM fields. Formats have included luncheons, panels, speakers, movies and discussions that celebrate and acknowledge the diversity of our community. 

What’s the Diversi-TEA? In collaboration with SAVMA

This program introduces participants to various topics that support student success and community building. The objective of these workshops is to increase cultural awareness and competence, encourage community building, and give participants the knowledge and skills needed to be inclusive in veterinary medicine.

Inclusion Symposium

The Inclusion Symposium will feature topics related to STEM and Veterinary Medicine for the CVM Community. The goal of these virtual seminars is to highlight research and practices that lead to greater inclusion and community engagement.

Community Outreach

The students, faculty, and staff of the College of Veterinary Medicine embrace NC State’s mission of community outreach and engagement. CVM representatives are active in the community, the state, the nation, and the world.

See You at CVM Visit Day

This program seeks to engage North Carolina college students in a day-long visit to the CVM to learn about the campus, curriculum, and application process. Students will engage with faculty, staff, and students from various departments at the CVM and receive information to assist them in the application process. Invitations are shared with college advisors in the Fall. 

College Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

The Committee will focus on developing strategies and actionable items that will help to increase inclusivity leading to a great sense of belonging at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Representatives from across the college, including students, faculty, and staff work together to develop and implement strategies aligned with the strategic plan.


  • NCSU Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity
    Diversity and inclusion is everyone’s responsibility, but the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) spearheads the effort. OIED seeks to create an NC State experience where everyone, regardless of beliefs, background, orientation or ability, feels at home as part of the Wolfpack.
  • NCSU Campus Community Centers
    NC State’s Campus Community Centers are comprised of the African American Cultural Center, the GLBT Center, Multicultural Student Affairs, and the Women’s Center. The Campus Community Centers work to cultivate a sense of community, belonging and affirmation. We provide spaces of support, leadership development, and education for students at NC State University.
  • Disability Resource Office
    The DRO works diligently to ensure that students with disabilities are provided an equal opportunity to participate in courses and programs by determining appropriate accommodations for students and serving as a resource to faculty in helping them understand their obligation in the provision of approved accommodations. If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact us.

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