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STP Celebrates Black History Month

By Kaliah Stanley posted 02-27-2023 13:37



Celebrating Black History Month 


In honor of Black History Month, the STP would like to celebrate our members of African ancestry. Throughout the month of February, we will share inspiring words and personal experiences from some of our diverse members. Members that have been a part of the STP from its inception, are at various stages of their professional careers and inspire us every day through their scientific contributions and personal impact, helping to make the STP a diverse, inclusive, and dynamic society.



Dr. Julius Haruna, DVM, MVSc, DACVP

“As we celebrate Black History Month, I would like all STP members who are reading this message to always remember to treat all people fairly, provide a level playing ground for all irrespective of race and create an inclusive work environment that allows diverse cultures and ideas to flourish without anyone feeling left out, isolated, or deprived of a sense of belonging.

One of the challenges that I had to overcome in my early career as a toxicologic pathologist was that of self-confidence, as a result of feeling not being good enough or having to work much harder to prove your competence. To overcome this challenge, I had to constantly remind myself that I am very good at what I do, as I continued to develop my skills and knowledge in pathology and management which is a life-learning adventure! So, to any person of color who is right now thinking about or remotely considering a career in pathology, I would say: GO FOR IT!! I was an accidental pathologist because I wanted to become an equine veterinarian. But a twist of fate and destiny brought me into the most exciting and rewarding careering path I could never have imagined. ”


Tierre Miller, 

“In celebrating Black History Month, we think of all the courageous leaders whose sacrifices paved the way to make a difference in the world we live in today—brave leaders who confronted injustices and were not afraid of challenging structural and systematic oppression. These challenges continue today to ensure that everyone, underrepresented and disenfranchised, is treated equally in our society. Like the great leaders before us, we each have a significant role to play for future generations to do our utmost to eradicate discriminatory practices and be kind and considerate to those we may think to have the minutest differences."