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

September 15, 2020

The Diversity Programs Office Update

Submitted by Zelia Wiley

Happy fall! We trust that all are transitioning well to the hybrid class mode. Next week, September 23, at 6 p.m., the Diversity Programs Office (DPO) and K-State Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) chapter will be hosting our first Virtual MANRRS Corporate Showcase with various corporate sponsors and students in attendance. The event will feature presentations by the companies and breakout sessions for networking. The Zoom ID for the event is 971 0673 7838.

The DPO would like to welcome Josephine Gianni and Sanders Barbee to our office and welcome back Lonnie Hobbs, Jr., Summer Smades, McKenzie Stevens, and Raymond Thomas. We would also like to congratulate our 2020 MAPS and KOMPASS cohorts on a job well done. The students named below showed resilience in successfully completing the first virtual Project IMPACT programs. All are incoming freshmen. 

Project IMPACT Kompass (College of AG) 2020 

  • Jacob Abrams, Animal Sciences & Industry 
  • Mark Perry, Agronomy 
  • Narely Rodriguez, Animal Sciences & Industry 

Project IMPACT MAPS (College of AG) 2020 

  • Brienna Walker– Pre-Veterinary Medicine 
  • Brandon Green – Animal Sciences & Industry 
  • Leah Hudson – Agronomy 
  • Grayeen Harrell – Pre-Veterinary Medicine 
  • Selena Gilyot – Animal Sciences & Industry, Pre-Veterinary Medicine  
  • Alyssa Harris – Pre-Veterinary Medicine 
  • Brian Owouche – Agronomy 
  • Grace Huynh – Pre-Veterinary Medicine 
  • Jazmine Torres – Animal Sciences & Industry, Pre-Veterinary Medicine 

We would like to recognize the new officer board for the K-State MANRRS cohort listed below. We look forward to seeing the future of the MANRRS club under our new leadership. 

Officer Board (MANRRS 2020-21) 

  • President – Maria Kimzey 
  • Undergraduate Vice President – Jenika Hazelbaker 
  • Graduate Vice President – Raymond Thomas 
  • Secretary – Sanders Barbee 
  • Treasurer – Selena Gilyot 
  • Public Relations – Mayra Damian 
  • Parliamentarian – Brandon Green 
  • Co-Advisor – Lonnie Hobbs, Jr. 

We congratulate and thank our past 2019-20 MANRRS officer team: Jordan Bailey, Akayla Calhoun, Raymond Thomas, Shymel Townes, Diane Perez, Marisa Araila, Jenika Hazelbaker, Sabine Hoff, and Mayra Damian. 

Also happening in the next few weeks is our general body meeting, #NewBeginnings, and the Virtual 2020 Regions 4-6 MANRRS Cluster Meeting coming up October 2-3.   

  • Please note the Growing Our Mindset Forum on October 20, 5:30 p.m., Meeting ID: 971 0673 7838, on-site venue is Umberger 105. The event will feature Mr. Edward F. Honesty, Jr., President & Chief Operating Officer at Best Harvest Bakeries. The Growing Our Mindset forum is open to the public and will follow university and Riley County health Department guidelines. 
  • We continue to partner with the KSRE Inclusion and Diversity Task Force and Navigating Difference trainers to increase the awareness of diversity to the KSRE workforce.    

The Diversity Programs Office thanks you for your continued support of our programs and efforts! If you require any additional information about these events or about the Diversity Programs Office, please contact Dr. Zelia Wiley at zwiley@ksu.edu or 785-532-5793.