Happy Pride Month! 🏳🌈 For the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring the stories of our ACVIM Members and highlighting the important work being done by veterinary organizations to support and enhance visibility for LGBTQ+ individuals in this space.
Member Feature: Chamisa Herrera, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
What does being an ally mean to you?
The world is in desperate need of people who are more than allies on issues of social justice. We need people who see their own humanity tied to fighting for a world that is more just and more loving. To me "ally" is a term people use to signal support for a cause that is outside of themselves, a cause they do not consider a personal problem. Rainbow washing and blackouts on social media are not enough. For the world to change for the better, people can't think of this work as helping others. By advancing equality and dignity and justice you are acknowledging that this is personal. That the world you want to live in has yet to be created. Participation is an obligation. If you're reading this, and to you any injustice is personal, you can consider yourself a co-conspirator or accomplice and we need you here. Welcome.
- Chamisa Herrera, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Our first organization highlight is @PrideVMC. The Pride Veterinary Medical Community, or PrideVMC, was founded to create a better world for the LGBTQ+ veterinary community through education and advocacy, student empowerment through their Student program (PrideSVMC) and member recruitment, engagement and outreach.
You can get involved in PrideVMC’s mission by becoming a member - membership is open to everyone in the animal health and veterinary community. You can also participate in one of the many activities and events they have scheduled for Pride Month, including:
“The Intersectionality of DEI and Vet Med,” a webinar open to all scheduled for June 14, 6:00-7:00 pm MDT
Instagram Live Convos with PrideVMC leadership scheduled for June 4 and June 11
Vet Med Pride Celebration: June 17, 6:00-7:00 pm MDT. Virtual spaces for story sharing, games and dancing. All are welcome!
For details and registration links, go to https://pridevmc.org/calendar/