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Preamble

The American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) is comprised of professionals with varied interests in diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology as well as different backgrounds, perspectives, goals, and personal needs. We believe our College best serves the needs of our members and the public by fostering an inclusive community that celebrates our common ground and values personal and professional differences. The ACVR Principles of Community explicitly states our commitment to building and maintaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community.

ACVR Principles of Community

We work to build and maintain a culture of personal and professional respect within our College. We affirm freedom of open expression, within the boundaries of professional and personal courtesy and with the understanding that we will assist and challenge one another to better understand and respect our differences.

We reject prejudice and discrimination of all forms, including discrimination based on race, gender, gender expression, age, ethnicity, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, religious/non-religious or spiritual beliefs, political beliefs, socio-economic status, and all other differences or identities.

We value diversity and believe it strengthens our community. We work to create an inclusive community that welcomes and supports people from all social identity groups and people with disabilities. We will provide a sustained commitment to creating an inclusive atmosphere, including continued learning and improvement in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.

We work to provide safe and welcoming professional spaces, where members of our community are comfortable being themselves. This includes, but is not limited to, the annual scientific meeting, committee meetings, Executive Council, the website and other leadership and professional activities. We will not tolerate any form of discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment and bullying) or any conduct or behavior which creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. We will work to identify and combat systemic biases in our structures, policies, and practices. We will provide and develop resources that reflect the commitments listed above and support the wellness and personal growth of those in our community. We will encourage feedback and suggestions from all members of our community on how best to meet these objectives.