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Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

March 7, 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 Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Chapter is holding a fundraiser today at Panda Express. 20% of all purchases made at Panda Express from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. will go to the K-State MANRRS Chapter. Make sure to mention that you are there for the fundraiser.
• The K-State MANRRS Chapter will have a booth at the Celebration of Diversity and College Success event for high school students, groups and their parents this Friday at the K-State Student Union. High school students can learn about college life, majors, financial aid and scholarships, housing options, sororities and fraternities, and multicultural student organizations at the Celebration of Diversity and College Success event. Students at the MANRRS booth will have an opportunity to share with prospective students their experiences in the College of Agriculture and information and opportunities within MANRRS.
• The Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (KS-LSAMP) hosted a Transfer Student Visit Day on Sunday, March 5, for students from Dodge City Community College, Donnelly College, Garden City Community College and Seward County Community College. Phil LeBlanc, Graduate Assistant in the Diversity Programs Office, attended the K-State Resource Panel and spoke to students about the different majors in the College of Agriculture, the Diversity Programs Office, and the K-State Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Chapter. Also at the K-State Resource Panel were Mary Anne Andrews, Director of Academic and Student Services for the College of Human Ecology; Chris Shumway, with the College of Arts and Sciences; and Craig Wanklyn, Assistant Dean for the College of Engineering. Students who attended the KS-LSAMP Transfer Student Visit Day also participated in the K-State Admissions Transfer Visit Day that took place yesterday.
• Vi Nguyen, sophomore in Animal Science and student worker in the DPO, has temporarily left the DPO in order to study abroad at Nagasaki University and continue her learning of the Japanese language during the spring and summer. It was announced last fall that Vi would be a Goss Discovery Scholarship recipient. This scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Kansas State University that are studying abroad and is worth $5000. As part of her scholarship, when she returns to K-State she will share the educational and cultural experiences of her time abroad so that other students can learn about the opportunities available to participate in studying abroad as well.

Vi was a member of the 2015 MAPS Summer Bridge Program class.

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.