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Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

February 21, 2017

Diversity Programs Office Update

Submitted by Phil LeBlanc

The Diversity Programs Office (DPO) in the College of Agriculture is dedicated to providing and promoting leadership opportunities, understanding, goodwill, diversity and friendship among students, staff and faculty in the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension. Read below to find out more about the activities and events that help us implement the office’s mission:

• The K-State MANRRS Chapter presented Dr. John Floros, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of K-State Research and Extension, with the Wallace Kidd Award last week. 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. Several students took time to speak about the contributions Dr. Floros has made to diverse students in the college. 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.

• Project IMPACT Scholars from the College of Agriculture, Business, and Engineering will attend a Project IMPACT Professional Development Series Wednesday, February 22 at 6 p.m. in Waters 137. The event will feature representatives from Cargill. This event is being put on by the Multicultural Academic Program Success (MAPS), Cargill, and the Office of Diversity. Next month Project IMPACT scholars will have an opportunity to tour a Cargill Meat Plant in Nebraska City, Nebraska, on Wednesday, March 8. Twenty-five Project IMPACT Scholars will be allowed to attend this trip on a first come, first served basis

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.