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

February 14, 2017

Diversity Programs Office Update

Submitted by Phil LeBlanc

The Diversity Programs Office would like to share some information about upcoming activities and events involving the office:

• The K-State MANRRS Chapter will present Dr. John Floros, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of K-State Research and Extension, with the Wallace Kidd Award tomorrow at 6 p.m. in 137 Waters Hall. The purpose of this biennial award is to recognize outstanding diversity accomplishments of faculty, staff and students at Kansas State University. Recipients have demonstrated a commitment to diversity on-campus or in the community through mentoring, outreach initiatives and other activities which advance the institution’s goal of inclusion.

This award was established in memory of Wallace Ray Kidd. Kidd was a family man, community leader, and the first African-American graduate from the Department of Entomology. He set an example for everyone, students, adults, faculty, community, black and white. This Award is truly a fitting commemoration of his legacy and commitment.

• Two students from the K-State MANRRS Chapter will be attending the USDA’s 2017 Agricultural Outlook Forum from February 20-24. Tiffany Carter, Ph.D. student in Agronomy; and Carlos Flores, senior in Agricultural Economics; will attend a briefing and discussion about career opportunities with the USDA in Washington, DC on February 20-21. On February 22 they will tour the Nation’s Capital, and on February 23-24 they will attend the 2017 Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Virginia. Carlos and Tiffany will be among 30 agriculture, agricultural business, agricultural economics, communications, nutrition and food science or pre-veterinary junior or senior and graduate students from Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Non-Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture to attend the forum.

• We would like to congratulate Dr. Zelia Wiley on receiving the 2017 Spirit of Martin Luther King Community Service Award, along with Rev. Caela Simmons-Wood, which was presented by Manhattan’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Committee. The awards were presented during the annual Martin Luther King Community Celebration on Sunday, January 22, at the Fire Station Headquarters, at Denison & Kimball Ave.

Please continue to look for more diversity news and 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, Interim Associate Provost of Diversity, zwiley@ksu.edu.