The LGVMA has announced the winners of their annual Student Leadership Awards for 2013!
The LGVMA has provided these awards to students interested in participating in leadership conferences that will facilitate their participation in organized veterinary medicine and to students developing programs in line with the LGVMA's mission and vision. The mission and vision are detailed in the original call for applications posted on this blog.
LGVMA Vision: “The LGVMA is the professional organization that fosters acceptance, inclusivity and leadership for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary students, of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and their allies, through community development, professional advocacy, and personal empowerment.”
Congratulations to Randi E. Frankle, at the University of California, and Celena Quist, at Oklahoma State University.
Both winners plan to use their awards to create a more inclusive environment at their veterinary school. According to the LGVMA press release "both demonstrated a history of leadership on campus and had strong plans to support the betterment of animal care and human acceptance." Randi E. Frankle plans to reestablish the student chapter of the LGVMA at UC Davis and jump start the organization with lectures and networking events to help build community. We wish Randi the best developing an inclusive environment at UC Davis for LGBT members of the veterinary community at UC Davis. Celena Quist plans to establish an educational program to "create a positive, enlightening experience for non-LGBTQ college community members". This programing will include invited speakers, activities and discussions that educate individuals on the use of inclusive language and explain the importance of allies. Celena hopes these activities will help create a safe space and promote mutual understanding at Oklahoma State.
We're very happy to spread this news to other students. Congratulate these students if you know them! Don't forget that support from Hill's Pet Nutrition and Zoetis make these awards possible!