Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity is who we are. Inclusion is what we do.

As scientists, we know that biological diversity is the key to healthy ecosystems. That same principle applies to our college community.

Diversity matters

We are committed to increasing diversity and inclusion among students, staff and faculty, so that the college is a welcoming and supportive place for all.

This includes people of any age, culture, mental/physical ability, ethnicity, first generation status, familial status, gender identity and expression, sex, geographic background, marital status, national origin, race, religious and spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, or different perspectives and ideologies.

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee includes undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff from across the college.

Anti-Racism Pledge

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University publicly declares our unwavering support for the Black Lives Matter movement. We as a college community, including many of us who are people of privilege, share a commitment to be allies for Black and Indigenous people, and People of Color, and will work to become actively anti-racist. If each of us commits to daily action as a first step, we believe that our community can help the world become a safer and more equitable place for all oppressed individuals.

Committee Priorities

Faculty, student, and staff training

College leadership supports undergraduate and graduate student travel awards, the Creating Inclusive Excellence Program for staff, the Inclusive Pedagogy Workshop for Faculty, and the Iverson Bell Symposium.

Recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty, and staff

In support of CSU’s commitment to achieving a diverse workforce and student body, the college embraces the concepts of equal opportunity, equal access, non-discrimination, and diversity and inclusion in the hiring process, and actively recruits diverse and under-represented populations at student conferences and fairs around the country.

Grant writing and research

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee supports diversity-focused grant submissions.

Find your community

Diversity at CSU

Committed to promoting a campus environment which recognizes, values, and affirms diversity.

First Generation

Committed to first-generation students, providing them with support and guidance that address their unique needs.


Veterinary Students One in Culture and Ethnicity

International Veterinary Students Association

International and intercultural exchange of ideas in order to increase the standard of veterinary education.


Student-run LGBT+ club for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students.

Veterinary Student Organizations

A wide range of clubs supported by the student chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee Leadership

Rushika Perera, Ph.D.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair

Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

Gilbert John
Gilbert John, Ph.D.

Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Assistant Dean for Research