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123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

March 14, 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 DPO would like to congratulate Cameron Bradshaw, Junior in Agribusiness, who was recognized by the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development and received an award for diversity and service at their luncheon on Thursday, March 9. Among the things noted by the Huck Boyd Institute about Cameron are his and his family’s involvement with the National Black Farmer’s Association, Cameron accompanying his father Rod to Washington DC to meet with the United States Department of Agriculture to discuss the challenges facing African-American farmers, and his involvement with the K-State Chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS). Cameron is from Jetmore, KS, and serves as the Ag Student Council Representative for MANRRS.
• The K-State Chapter of MANRRS set up a booth and met with high school students at the Celebration of Diversity and College Success event on Friday, March 10, to talk to them about the College of Agriculture and our MANRRS chapter. The Celebration of Diversity and College Success event hosts high school students, groups and their parents. Its aim is to introduce students to different majors at the university and programs that will help them succeed in college. Students learned about college life, majors, ways to pay for college, housing options, multicultural student organizations, sororities and fraternities, and more.
• The K-State Chapter of MANRRS would like to thank everyone who attended the chapter’s fundraiser at Panda Express last week. The chapter was able to raise $198. Thank you for your continued support!
• There will be a MANRRS general body meeting on Wednesday, March 15, at 6 p.m. in 137 Waters Hall. Professional development will be the topic for this meeting as the students prepare for the MANRRS National Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, from March 29 - April 1.

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.