Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine recently welcomed via Zoom Kemba Marshall, DVM, MPH, DABVP (Avian). Marshall spoke to the veterinary college’s fourth year students about diversity, equity and inclusion framing her presentation around questions submitted in advance by the students.
Marshall said that she found the best way to approach difficult conversations is through communication and that the critical thinking skills veterinary students learn can be useful in walking through problems. She reminded students that diversity covers many areas including religion, sexual orientation, age, military status, socio economic status, race, level of education, hearing challenges and more. Marshall explained that equality, equity and justice are not the same and for true justice to be accomplished barriers must be removed.
Dr. Carlos Risco, dean of the veterinary college, shared that this discussion is the beginning for the college. In concert with Dr. Jason Kirksey, vice president of Institutional Diversity, the college will establish a committee comprised of faculty, staff and student representatives to look at diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within the veterinary college.
A former student of Dr. Risco’s, Marshall earned her DVM degree from the University of Florida. Following a one-year internship, she completed a residency in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her Master’s in Public Health degree from the University of Iowa and is a boarded Avian specialist of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Marshall focuses on one health, the intersection of animal human and environmental health. As director of Veterinary Services, she oversees the health and wellbeing of all animals on the 170-acre Land O’Lakes Purina Animal Nutrition Center complex and serves as Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee officer. Marshall recently founded Marshall Recruiting Consortium to address the lack of diversity in agriculture and animal health sciences.
Contact: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU College of Veterinary Medicine | 405-744-6740 | email@example.com