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K-State Research and Extension
123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

September 29, 2015

Diversity Programs Office Update

Submitted by Zuleica Gerardo and Dr.Zelia Wiley

The DPO would like to share some information about our upcoming events:

• Thank you to the corporations that participated in the MANRRS 2015 Corporate Showcase. The corporations that were in attendance were: Cargill, Ardent Mills, and Cattle Empire. It was an educational event that helped our students to learn more about job and internship opportunities.
• We would like to thank everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to aid the office in the interview process for the new Diversity Programs Office Coordinator over the past two weeks. Your input is greatly appreciated.
• On Friday, September 25, the Diversity Programs Office hosted Career and College Day. Thanks to all involved, we successfully hosted activities catering to school-aged students and their parents. We’d like to especially thank Dr. Terri Blackmon, Dr. Keith Harris, and Dr. Fadi Aramouni for their participation in the Round Robin as well as Dr. Greg Aldrich for his talk on Pet Food Careers. Finally, I’d like express my appreciation to Aliah Mestrovich Seay and Dr. Barbara Stone for their support of this event as well as the Multicultural Engineering Program and the Center for Engagement and Community Development.
• As you know, September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. The 9th Annual Midwest H.A.L.O. Encuentro will be held on Tuesday, October 6, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Kansas State University Grand Ballroom. The guest speaker is Roy Juarez with a special performance by Grupo Tropa Norteno.

Roy Juarez was born and raised on the south side of San Antonio, TX. There he faced situations and obstacles that could have turned him into a negative statistic but he found a way to overcome those challenges. At the age of 14, Juarez was a high school drop-out and one of the hundreds of homeless youth on the streets of San Antonio. He carried with him only a duffel bag of personal items that he called a home. He moved from house to house to survive. Juarez eventually graduated high school, at the age of 20, and later earned a college degree. Now he travels the country as a motivational speaker and will share his message to students here at K-State.

Please continue to look for more diversity events as we continue to advertise. We appreciate your support. For more information about upcoming events or to collaborate with the DPO, please call 785-532-5793 or contact Dr. Zelia Wiley, Assistant Dean of Diversity, zwiley@ksu.edu. --Zelia Wiley