CVM's Rogers Named Recipient of AAVMC 2019 Iverson Bell Award
Posted March 01, 2019
The Association of American Veterinary Medical
Colleges (AAVMC) has named Dr. Kenita S. Rogers, executive
associate dean at the Texas A&M University College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), as the
recipient of the 2019 Iverson Bell Award.
The award is presented in recognition of outstanding leadership
and contributions in promoting opportunities for underrepresented
minorities in veterinary medical education.
“Dr. Rogers’s ongoing efforts in promoting diversity and
inclusion in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical
Sciences and in our profession, as a whole, have been
extraordinary,” said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King Dean of
Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M. “Her work has had a
tremendous impact on the reputation the CVM has developed in making
the college a welcoming, thriving, and inclusive climate for all.
We are so proud of all that Dr. Rogers has accomplished and that
she is being honored for that work with this award.”
"The AAVMC is proud to recognize outstanding educators and
researchers like Dr. Rogers who elevate academic veterinary
medicine and inspire others through their commitment to
professional excellence and service,” said AAVMC chief executive
officer Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. “We look forward to publicly
honoring her for her achievements during our 2019 annual
Rogers will receive her award during the AAVMC's 2019 Annual
Conference and Iverson Bell Symposium, March 8-10, at the Hyatt
Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., where she
will also address attendees.
“I am thrilled and humbled to receive the Iverson Bell award,”
Rogers said. “I believe that it actually represents a great deal of
creative and consistent work by the students, staff, and faculty of
the CVM in the areas of climate, inclusion, diversity, wellness,
and conflict management. I couldn’t be prouder of the passion
and dedication of our incredible, collective team.”
In addition to serving as executive associate dean at the CVM,
Rogers is the college’s director for inclusion and diversity.
In this capacity, she has worked to develop memoranda of
agreements (MOAs) with four Texas A&M University System schools
for pipeline recruitment, including one historically black
university and two Hispanic-serving institutions. She also has
infused the CVM’s curriculum with multiple diversity initiatives,
including mandatory cultural competency and conflict management in
all years and adding diversity awareness and cultural competency as
required core competencies.
Her efforts also led the CVM to receive the Higher Education
Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for Diversity in Health
Professions for two consecutive years.
Rogers has presented on topics such as implicit bias at multiple
national meetings and served on numerous national committees,
including the AAVMC Diversity Committee and the steering committee
for the Southeast DiVersity Matters Symposium. She has served as
co-adviser for the national Broad Spectrum Association and received
the national Broad Spectrum LGBTQ+ Awareness Award.
“The briefest conversation with her enables quick recognition of
a woman with deep-rooted values that include kindness, integrity,
respect, leadership, and fairness,” said CVM associate dean for
professional programs Dr. Karen Cornell, who was among those who
nominated Rogers for the award. “To say that she is passionate
about diversity and inclusion would be a gross understatement.”
Rogers is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary
Internal Medicine in the specialties of internal medicine (1987)
and oncology (1990), the author of more than 50 articles in
refereed journals and 30 book chapters; she also has presented well
over 100 continuing education seminars.
She has won numerous teaching awards, including the Norden
Distinguished Teaching Award, the Richard H. Davis Teaching Award,
and the College-level Association of Former Students Distinguished
Teaching Award (1991, 1997, 2003).
In 2009, Rogers was named to the Dr. Charles H. and Mildred
Kruse Bridges Chair in Veterinary Medical Education, and in 2011,
she became director for diversity and inclusion.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in animal and veterinary
science from West Virginia University and her Doctor of Veterinary
Medicine (DVM) degree from Louisiana State University. She received
her Master of Science degree and joined the faculty at Texas
A&M University in 1986.
The AAVMC is a nonprofit membership organization working to
protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and
the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary
medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges
in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean Basin, Europe,
Australia, New Zealand and Mexico.
Listen to Rogers discuss her award on the AAVMC's
DiversityMatters podcast here.
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