Iverson Bell Midwest Regional Diversity Summit

The theme for this year’s summit is “From Talk to Action: Becoming a Change Agent on your Campus.”

Sessions will be held in the Dejope Hall Lake Mendota Room (1165) unless otherwise noted.

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. 

Registration Begins

Dejope Hall – Lake Mendota Room

11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch and Opening Session

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Mark D. Markel, DVM, PhD, DACVS
Dean, UW School of Veterinary Medicine

Lynn Maki, MA
Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs, UW School of Veterinary Medicine

Keynote Presentation: Welcome from the Ho-Chunk Nation

Marlon WhiteEagle
President of the Ho-Chunk Nation

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.


1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Action Planning for DEI in Veterinary Medicine

Working Groups (Goals)

  • Track I: Faculty/Staff  (Lake Mendota Room)
    Facilitator: Dr. Kevin Leonard, MS, PhD
  • Track II: Administrators (1112 Dejope Hall)
    Facilitator: Elizabeth Martinez-Podolsky
  • Track III: Students (1110 Dejope Hall)
    Facilitator: Micaela Flores
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Keynote Presentation: Healing Through Art

Tia Richardson, Community Mural Project

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Break/Community Painting/Tours of the School of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medicine Building – 2015 Linden Drive (mural painting will take place in Room 2225)

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception with Hors d’oeuvres

School of Veterinary Medicine

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Increasing Access to Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Alejandro Larios Mora, PhD, DVM, DACVP

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

DEI in Action Example and Working Groups (Specific Action Items for Goals)

  • Track I – Faculty/Staff (Lake Mendota Room)
    DEI in Action – Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity ISCORE
    Presenter: Japannah Kellogg, MRC
  • Track II – Administrators (1112 Dejope Hall)
    DEI in Action – DEI Strategic Planning
    Presenter: Dr. Latonia Craig, EdD
  • Track III – Students
    DEI in Action – Let’s Talk
    Presenter: UW-Madison VOICE
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Keynote Presentation: Integrating DEI in the DVM Curriculum

Dr. Teresa Graham Brett, JD

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Working groups (Barriers/Assessment/Recharge)

  • Track I: Faculty/Staff – Lake Mendota Room (1165 Dejope Hall)
    Facilitator: Dr. Kevin Leonard, MS, PhD
  • Track II: Administrators – 1112 Dejope Hall
    Facilitator: Elizabeth Martinez-Podolsky
  • Track III: Students – 1110 Dejope Hall
    Facilitator: Micaela Flores
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Awards Reception

Heavy hors d’oeuvres and hosted bar

Midwest Regional Iverson Bell Summit Award Presentation sponsored by Zoetis

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.


9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Cross Group Dialogue

  • A to H – Lake Mendota Room (Dejope Hall 1165)
  • I to P – 1112 Dejope Hall
  • Q to Z – 1110 Dejope Hall
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Group Presentations
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks

Richard Barajas, MIPA, MPH
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, UW School of Veterinary Medicine

12:00 p.m.

Box Lunch

Friday, May 20

President Marlon WhiteEagle

Marlon WhiteEagle headshot

Marlon WhiteEagle is the President of the Ho-Chunk Nation, a federally recognized tribe based in Wisconsin but whose traditional land spreads throughout the Midwest.

WhiteEagle became President of the Ho-Chunk Nation in June 2019 and is currently serving his first four-year term. Prior to becoming President, he was the Editor of the Hocak Worak, the Ho-Chunk Nation’s tribal newspaper. The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) has recognized WhiteEagle with numerous awards and accolades for his editorial work, photography and sports reporting.

As President, he advocates for developing future leaders through comprehensive education and providing opportunities for both personal and professional growth. WhiteEagle has also increased accountability and transparency by standardizing the latest technology within the tribal organization. He has partnered with Cisco WebEx to increase virtual participation in governmental meetings and engagements which proved indispensable during the outset of the coronavirus pandemic.

President WhiteEagle is a Marine Corps veteran, a husband, a father and has two French Bulldogs. He lives and works in Black River Falls, Wisconsin where the Ho-Chunk Nation is headquartered.

Tia Richardson

Tia Richardson headshotTia Richardson is a full-time community mural artist based in her hometown of Milwaukee, WI and beyond. In 2003 she graduated with an Associates degree in Graphic Design from Milwaukee Area Technical College. Since 2007 her work has evolved into collaborative mural efforts that offer many community members from all walks of life a chance to freely express their feelings.

Tia has completed over 50 murals in partnership with non-profits, K-12 and post-secondary schools, businesses and local government. She was awarded Artist of the Year by the Milwaukee Arts Board in 2018.

She believes in the power of shared experience to create a sense of belonging and mutual appreciation of what we each can contribute to the bigger whole to make it better. Documentation of her efforts in the news, print, tv and film shows evidence how, despite our differences, we can work together for the common good.


Saturday, May 21

Alejandro Larios Mora PhD, DVM, DACVP

Alejandro Larios Mora with dogAlejandro Larios Mora was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. His parents moved to the U.S. when he was a small child and he grew up in Anaheim, California. He attended California Polytechnic University and received a bachelor degree in Animal Science and Biotechnology. He also received his DVM and PhD degrees from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP). His research is in Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) infection in a neonatal lamb model for use in therapeutic testing. After completing his education, he worked as a diagnostic pathologist at Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. He now resides in Madison, Wisconsin, and works as a toxicological pathologist for Labcorp Early Development.

Japannah Kellogg MRC

Japannah Kellogg headshotJapannah Kellogg currently reports to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs at Iowa State University, serving as the Director of the unique and strategically positioned NCORE-ISCORE Office at Iowa State, a new role and office that provides a training and development platform through the NCORE and ISCORE experience centered on an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to engage in positive interaction and dialogue, increasing awareness, knowledge, and skills with the focus on race, ethnicity, and multicultural relations. Japannah has worked at Iowa State University since 2000, and served in various roles, starting as a Multicultural Liaison Officer (MLO) for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, before his position as Director of the TRiO Student Support Services Program. From 2005-2007, he served as the Interim Director of Multicultural Student Affairs.

Japannah received his masters’ degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and obtained his undergraduate degree in Sociology and Physical Education at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota.

Throughout the past 20 years, Japannah has worked with a committed team of volunteers who have helped the NCORE-ISCORE Project become a national flagship project in Student Affairs. Each year, the Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity has increased attendance and value to the student, staff, and faculty experience. The 2017 NCORE cohort was an example of the university’s trust and confidence in the project supporting the largest delegation of students, faculty, and staff at the national conference (85 participants) and in the project’s history. Japannah continues to engage with the campus community to determine new direction and opportunities for the project’s future.

Latonia Craig EdD

Latonia Craig headshotDr. Latonia Craig leads the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine as the Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence. Dr. Craig has devoted most of her career to providing educational programs in social change and changing the conversation from diversity and inclusion to inclusive excellence. In her current role, she drives the development of DEI programming and initiatives, modeling innovative practices with a social justice lens and infusing a “sense of belonging” into the culture of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Craig offers a unique blend of leadership, vision, and knowledge. Dr. Craig’s proven track record for executing excellence, driving innovative results, and championing progressive change. Through her leadership, Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine received the 2021 and 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award for being a top college for diversity in the health professions, and the 2021 and 2019 Insight to Diversity magazine award for “Inspiring Programs in Stem” for “Vet Up!”, a nationally recognized program that targets underrepresented populations interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Craig strategically leads the office to increase diversity beyond the numbers by building meaningful relationships across the globe. Dr. Craig has been featured on the cover of Today’s Woman Magazine and as a Top Forty under 40 professional in Louisville Business First’s Magazine. Latonia holds a Doctor of Education degree from Spalding University, a Master’s Degree in Urban Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati, a Masters in Pan-African Studies, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Louisville.

UW-Madison SVM VOICE Chapter

VOICE logoVOICE is a student-run organization that seeks to increase awareness, respect, and sensitivity to differences among all individuals and communities in the field of veterinary medicine. VOICE also aims to celebrate diversity within our profession, to encourage campus environments that embrace diversity and promote the success of all students, and to emphasize the importance of cross-cultural awareness in veterinary medicine in order to meet the needs of our diversifying clientele. Lastly, in order to ensure a more diverse future for veterinary medicine, VOICE chapters provide leadership and mentorship to youth, particularly those from underrepresented and minoritized backgrounds, who are interested in careers as veterinarians.

Teresa Graham Brett JD

Teresa Graham Brett headshotDr. Teresa Graham Brett currently serves as the Interim Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine.  In this role she has been in a leader in infusing DEI topics throughout the veterinary medicine curriculum.  Dr. Graham Brett is a two-time graduate of the University of Arizona, with a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate. She has spent her higher education career primarily leading social justice education, diversity, and inclusion programs. In particular, she has developed a passion and experience in intergroup dialogue processes and transformative learning.


Best Western Plus InnTowner Madison

2424 University Ave, Madison WI 53726

A block of rooms has been reserved for Iverson Bell Summit attendees at the special rate of $149.99/night, which includes continental breakfast.

Reserve a room

  • Book online
  • Phone: Call the hotel directly at (608) 233-8778, option #0. Please reference your arrival and departure dates, as well as group #1712-1, when requesting a room.

The cutoff date to book under the group block is April 28, 2022.

Shuttle Service

The Best Western Plus InnTowner Madison offers complimentary shuttle service for all guests between the hours of 7:15 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. The shuttle operates within a two-mile radius of the hotel, which includes the Veterinary Medicine Building and Dejope Hall.




  • Driving directions
  • Please let us know if you plan to drive to campus for the Friday sessions, as permits are required for weekday parking in the lots adjacent to the school.



Please contact Richard Barajas, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, at barajas@wisc.edu or (608) 263-2488.

The Iverson Bell Midwest Regional Diversity Summit is a collaboration between:

  • Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
  • The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine