Hill's @Home CE - Diversity Matters - Aug 25
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Sam Richards


Dean Ruby Perry


Dane Whitaker


Elizabeth Alvarez


Event Schedule

Enjoy FREE high-quality veterinary CE! Grab your favorite beverage and join us for these 4 exciting lectures!

The pre-show countdown begins at 13:30 CDT

Speaker: Sam Richards, PhD
As a Sociologist I’m trained to examine patterns and trends in the ways in which people are living their lives. My particular focus of study is the relationships between people of different racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. Because this is also an area of social life that has been fraught with patterns of unequal treatment, it can be difficult for many of us to have open conversations about things that would otherwise naturally spark our curiosity. Our troubling history (and present) can also make it difficult for many of us to form relationships with people who appear as foreign and different but with whom we actually have much in common. In my talk and in the Q & A I would like to explore how and why it matters that we consider expanding the range of connections that we have with people we’ve never come to know.

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August 25
14:03 CDT
Speaker: Sam Richards, PhD
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August 25
14:31 CDT
Speaker: Dean Ruby Perry, DVM
Although we are in a profession of caring and compassion that we impress on our students for our clients, yet we find it difficult to demonstrate the same to people outside of that bubble. We hear; we see; and we read about the major concerns in our veterinary profession of being the whitest profession, yet there remains silence to change. Much is written on diversity and inclusion as positional statements on websites, yet lag of measurable outcomes and thus, very little movement of the needle for change. The same courage and purpose as educators when we walk into the classroom takes the same to make a more diverse and inclusive veterinary workforce.

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August 25
14:47 CDT
Speaker: Dane Whitaker, DVM, MPVM
Stories are powerful. It is through our stories that we relate to one another and when we see a bit of ourselves in others, we connect and learn. Sit back and listen as Dr. Whitaker takes you on his personal journey through veterinary school, private practice, and on to graduate school as a transgender veterinarian. Through these personal experiences, you will learn the importance of allowing and supporting all members of your team to be their authentic selves. You will also learn some tips and tricks to creating a culture of inclusion in your practice or classroom so that everyone is supported and uplifted to be their best.

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August 25
15:17 CDT
Speaker: Elizabeth Alvarez, DVM
Objectives: At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:Define bias and cultural humility Have a greater understanding of one’s own lens as it relates to bias and cultural humility Understand why learning about bias is important to humanity, practicing, and stress Take action to discover their biases through individual reflection and group activities.

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August 25
15:47 CDT

A short break: 16:22 - 16:27 CDT

Speakers: Drs. Dane Whitaker, Elizabeth Alvarez, Dean Ruby Perry
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August 25
16:28 CDT

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Sam Richards, PhD
Dr. Samuel Richards is an award-winning teaching professor and sociologist at Penn State University who instructs the largest race and cultural relations course in the United States. With nearly 800 students each semester and a 27-year legacy, SOC 119 was the subject of an Emmy Award winning television broadcast called, “You Can’t Say That.”
This course is currently live-streamed to the world (and nearly 50,000 subscribers from 160 countries) every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon (EST) at the class YouTube channel. The channel’s videos have generated over 8 million views by someone in 207 countries worldwide. Sam’s class “Stream Team” has produced numerous viral videos, including one that generated over 13 million views. Sam’s willingness to take risks and push new ideas is what led him to be named one of the “101 Most Dangerous Professors in America.” He obtained his Ph.D. from Rutgers University with a focus on socioeconomic development of Africa and Latin America. His current work focuses on developing ways to think about and discuss complex and controversial topics in a fresh way for the purpose of bridging cultural divides. Arguing that empathy is the core of Sociology, his “Radical Experiment in Empathy” is one of the most widely viewed TEDx talks online, having reached over 3.5 million people. As the Co-Founder and Director of Development at the World in Conversation Center, Sam co-directed an innovative research project sponsored by NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Programme to develop a virtual, facilitated cross-cultural dialogue tool for NATO military personnel and civilians in conflict zones. His work has been reported on in The New York Times, MSNBC, The Christian Science Monitor, and PBS, as well as numerous other national and international media outlets. Dr. Richards and his collaborator (and wife), Dr. Laurie Mulvey, have been called the “parents of radical empathy.”
Ruby L. Perry, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate-ACVR
Dr. Ruby Perry is the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Perry is also a professor of veterinary radiology. Prior to this, Dr. Perry served as interim dean and associate dean for academic affairs for the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health. She is an alumna and former president of the Tuskegee Veterinary Medical Alumni Association.
From 1982 to 1988, Dr. Perry was an assistant veterinary radiology professor at Tuskegee. She also served as acting chair of the Department of Small Animal Medicine, Surgery and Radiology. In 1995, Dr. Perry served as section chief of diagnostic imaging at Michigan State University, a post she held for six years. She was also a tenured associate professor of veterinary radiology for more than 17 years before returning to Tuskegee. Dr. Perry received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1977 from the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. She received a Master of Science degree from Michigan State University in 1991 and is also a board certified radiologist and member of the American College of Veterinary Radiology.
Dane Whitaker, DVM, MPVM

Dr. Dane Whitaker has been practicing veterinary medicine in the San Francisco area for over 25 years. He completed his Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis in 2017, and is currently providing veterinary relief services for the marine Mammal Center in Sausalito CA. He also provides small animal clinical relief services across central California. 

Although a Bay Area native, he grew up in Florida and graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. After graduation, he completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital. His veterinary interests include small animal medicine, clinical pathology, marine mammal medicine and One Health. Dr. Whitaker is the president of the Pride Veterinary Medical Community and takes an active role in promoting the ideas of inclusion and acceptance for all members of the community in the veterinary profession.
Elizabeth Alvarez, DVM, DABVP (Canine And Feline Practice)

2013 Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine and Feline Practice)
2007 Rotating Internship, Veterinary Specialty Center, Lynnwood, WA
2003 DVM, Michigan State University

Clinical Assistant Professor, Primary Care Service, Section Head
Clinical teaching: Fourth year veterinary student clinical rotations with primary care service
Medical Director, WisCARES Clinic
Clinical Interests–
Canine and feline wellness (preventative and ongoing care for all life stages). Special interest in Internal Medicine, Communication Education and Access to Care.