Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for science, and something we value in our laboratory. The unique perspectives of each person are important, and we respect the profound ways identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinions enrich the community. We are committed to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and clinical service, and believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are inextricably linked with these scholarly pursuits.

Though we recognize that as humans, we are never perfect, we strive to create a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background in our lab. We put particular effort into recruiting and supporting people from historically marginalized groups, particularly groups that continue to be marginalized in veterinary medicine and academia.

Everyone is welcome here!

The University of Wisconsin–Madison, and our laboratory, occupy ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial. In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory. Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin.

This history of colonization informs our shared future of collaboration and innovation. Today, UW–Madison respects the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin. To honor this history, our laboratory works to involve and engage First Nations people of Wisconsin in education and training, and research collaboration.