The Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC) is excited to announce the following two new veterinary and veterinary technician student awards.

The PrideVMC Student Diversity Bonus Award powered by Merck Animal Health

Scott E. Page is a professor at Michigan State University and author of many articles and books including The Diversity Bonus.  According to Page’s research 1 + 1 can actually equal 3, but only when the two 1s are different.  He emphasizes the benefits of all types of diversity, including cognitive diversity. These benefits include better decision making, multi-dimensional decision making, increased creativity, less turnover, and the ability to capture more of the market by having more perspectives represented in all aspects of the business. Not only do teams win, but diverse teams beat homogeneous teams time and time again.  The 2020 award winner of $4000 will be the veterinary or veterinary technician student applicant that is ranked the highest on their award application on creativity, innovation, and professionalism. The award application includes a maximum 300 word essay on how the diversity bonus has had a positive impact on their life as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.  

Application link:  The PrideVMC Student Diversity Bonus Award Application

The PrideVMC Student Intersectionality Award powered by Merck Animal Health

Kimberlé Crenshaw defined the term intersectionality to help us acknowledge and understand the compounding effects of oppression.  Intersectionality is a lens through which we view the world, it is “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage”.  When the oppression that results from these differences is acknowledged we can then work collaboratively to stop discrimination and, in its place, leverage our differences for the benefit of all. The 2020 award winner of $4000 will be the veterinary or veterinary technician student that is ranked the highest on their award application for creativity, innovation, and professionalism. The award application includes a maximum 300 word essay on how understanding the lens of intersectionality and being a member of the LGBTQ+ community will help them be a better leader.

Application link:  The PrideVMC Student Intersectionality Award Application

The application window for both awards is open until 11:59pm CT on March 31, 2020.

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The mission of the Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC) is to create a better world for the LGBTQ+ veterinary community by striving to foster acceptance and inclusivity for people of all sexual orientation, gender identities and gender presentations within the veterinary medical profession and community. We fight discrimination, build collaborative networks and support LGBTQ+ veterinary students through mentorship and scholarship programs. For more information please contact info@pridevmc.org.

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