Welcome to Catalyze 2022!
March 3-5, 2022 at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC

Iverson Bell


Dr. Lorrie Gaschen - DVM, PhD

Dr. Lorrie Gaschen, Adjunct Professor of Diagnostic Imaging, Louisiana State University of Veterinary Medicine is the recipient of the 2022 Iverson Bell Award. The Iverson Bell Award recognizes outstanding leadership and contributions for underrepresented minorities in veterinary medical education. Dr. Gaschen created the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the school of Veterinary Medicine. Her transformational efforts were instrumental in increasing student diversity from 7% to 30% in the School of Veterinary Medicine over 4 years. The entering class of 2024 included 28% of underrepresented minorities and the highest total number of African American students admitted to a class in the school’s history. During her tenure, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine tied for Second place of all accredited veterinary schools in the AAVMC for number of diverse faculty. As a passionate supporter of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) her efforts have helped both students, faculty, and advancing the field of academic veterinary medicine.

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