Doing the Work

At the Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, we are thrilled to be hosting the 2022 Western Regional Iverson Bell Conference online on April 8-10, 2022. Our theme is "Doing the Work." 

At Oregon State, diversity is a core value and we constantly pursue inclusive and equitable practices to make all feel not only welcome but supported, valued and able to bring their true selves to the classroom and to work.

However, we recognize that creative, continuous and collaborative efforts are necessary to continue to transform our universities and institutions into ones motivated by diversity, inclusion and social justice. 

At this year's conference, we invite you to join in Doing the Work of making veterinary medicine, particularly in the academic sphere, more inclusive. 

Please join us from the comfort of your home or office for the 2022 Western Regional Iverson Bell Conference. 

Eilea Delgadillo, DVM '21, examines a ewe at the Oregon State Expo during wildfire disaster response efforts. Photo courtesy of Katherine Kimball Photography

Where and when is it? 

April 8-10, 2022


I'm in, sign me up!

Thank you for your interest in the conference! We're working out all the registration details. Please fill out this form, and we will follow up with you in January when registration opens. 

Cost will be $75 for faculty and staff and $25 for students. 

Dr. Lisa Greenhill, Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lisa M. Greenhill is the American Association of Veterinary Medical College's senior director for institutional diversity and research. Her work primarily focuses on the ongoing development and implementation of the DiVersity Matters initiative at the national and local levels as well as promoting the veterinary medical profession within underrepresented and marginalized communities.

Lisa also directs the association’s national research agenda. She collects and analyzes data and produces reports related to academic veterinary medicine to include the applicant pool, enrollment, institutional economic impact and diversity.

Previously, she worked as a research associate at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and as the legislative manager for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

She earned a master’s degree in Public Administration (with a specialization in health policy) from George Mason and an EdD in Higher Education Administration and Organizational Change from Benedictine University.

Lisa is the mother of teenage daughter and the owner of a fun-loving puppy. She also currently runs a blog about adoption in communities of color.


What's your agenda?

Noon to 1 p.m.

  • Early check in. 

1-2 p.m.

  • Message board: What do you hope to learn at the conference? 

2-4 p.m.

  • Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine Tours. 

4-4:30 p.m.

  • Dean's welcome and conference housekeeping.

4:30-6 p.m.

  • Open

6 p.m.

  • Student social hour. 

8-8:30 a.m.

  • Breakfast. 

8:30-9:30 a.m.

  • Keynote address: Lisa Greenhill, AAVMC senior director for institutional research and diversity, "Invisible Curriculum." 

9:30-10 a.m.

  • Break

10-10:45 a.m.

  • Panel: "How can faculty and staff support you as an underrepresented student? Your experiences thus far." 

10:45-11 a.m.

  • Break

11 a.m. to Noon

  • Workshop: Anne Gillies, Oregon State University Search Advocate Program director, "Creating change in hiring practices to advance diversity." 

Noon to 1 p.m.

  • Boxed lunches. 

1-2 p.m.

  • Workshop: Role playing situations for faculty/student and client/student interactions.

2-2:30 p.m.

  • Sponsor presentation: Purina

3-4 p.m.

  • Breakout sessions
    • Admissions: Native student outreach
    • Faculty/Staff: "How to create an inclusive syllabus"
    • Student: Professional skills

4-5 p.m.

  • Student abstract presentations




8-8:30 a.m.

  • Breakfast

8:30-9:30 a.m.

  • Panel: "How can schools with a small team be successful? How can we help our DEI officers? What tools are effective for outreach?" 

9:30-11 a.m.

  • College presentations (15 min. each). "What has worked for your college? What have you implemented in orientations, speakers, programming, clubs? What questions do you still have? What have you taken away? Open discussion."

11-11:15 a.m.

  • Dean's closing remarks

11:15 a.m. to Noon

  • Break


  • Boxed lunch and tours of the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine

I have questions.

We're happy to help. Please reach out to conference organizing co-chairs Sara Smith or Alex Rowell

Thank you, sponsors!

The conference is generously sponsored by Purina, Banfield Pet Hospital and Zoetis.