Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Respect

AGNR's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Respect

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources joins the University of Maryland’s renewed commitment to inclusion and respect for our community. We will serve as a key partner and leader by engaging our deep network of internal and external audiences to offer opportunity and a home for the underserved, underrepresented, and disadvantaged. A diverse community of students, staff, and faculty will reinforce AGNR’s commitment to excellence.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Respect Plan


This plan, the first in the history of our college, titled Observing the Past While Transforming the Future: A Reaffirmed Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect, is a bold, multi-layered, and leadership driven effort to establish the ideal embodiment of AGNR: a diverse educational community where all individuals are included in our programs and treated with the utmost respect.



AGNR embodies the university's land-grant mission with a commitment to eliminate hunger and malnutrition, preserve our natural resources, improve quality of life, and empower the next generation through world-class education. Our DEIR mission is to become a diverse college where individuals are equally welcomed and included in all our activities and respected for their differences. Furthermore, AGNR’s mission is to incorporate DEIR efforts in all our strategic and operational efforts so that it becomes a seamless business and operational practice.


Our vision is to have all units committed to DEIR and have DEIR become a common element in programming and employment. Given our unique role as the cornerstone college of the University of Maryland with the privilege of effectuating the land-grant mission for the university, we further see our college becoming a leader among land-grant institutions meeting the needs of all people.


1. Foster a College of Agriculture and Natural Resources that respects diversity and encourages equity and inclusion.
2. Recruit, retain, and develop a diverse community within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (faculty, staff, and students).
3. Provide College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs to underserved, underrepresented, and/or socially and economically disadvantaged audiences. Build and strengthen partnerships with diverse communities, industry, government agencies, civic and community organizations to support AGNR’s external DEIR and outreach efforts.
4. Provide Communication and Information Technology Support to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources DEIR Plan.

Faculty, Staff & Student DEIR Initiatives 



AGNR will provide college level DEIR capacity and funding support for unit’s outreach efforts to underserved, underrepresented, and/or socially disadvantaged audiences to assure continuous DEIR programs throughout the college. This would include outreach efforts to reach underserved minority audiences where data shows efforts are needed. AGNR will provide college level training in addition to training that may be offered at the unit level to assure consistency and that DEIR training is tied to DEIR goals. 

Women and Minority Leadership Development


Employment data shows the need for a program to support leadership development of AGNR women and minority faculty and exempt employees. AGNR will develop such a program to include leadership training, leadership development and mentoring, and identifying short term and permanent leadership opportunities for women and minorities. The leadership program is also viewed as a DEIR program with potential opportunities for external funding support.

Language Translation


Beyond AGNR’s outreach efforts, language translation is a crucial element of efforts to reach audiences who may be Limited English Proficient (LEP) and/or English is not their primary language. In addition, a LEP plan is required of AGNR by USDA as part of our civil rights programs. Our efforts will reach beyond the minimum requirements of USDA LEP guidance and become more inclusive of Marylanders. We will provide college level training, provide language tools, and encourage staff to become certified translators or interpreters in at least the top seven languages spoken in Maryland.

Grow Your Own AGNR 3Ps


AGNR identified in goal 2 “grow your own” as a long-term strategy to increase the number of underrepresented faculty, staff, and graduate students. The AGNR “grow your own” programs will be unit supported from the college level. AGNR academic units will develop three distinct programs: 1) Pathway forward from professional track faculty to tenure track faculty and 2) Pipeline program from undergraduate students to graduate student level and beyond or to staff employment, and 3) Possibilities from high school to AGNR.

Student Programs


The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources fosters an environment in which diversity is welcomed and celebrated. AGNR's Retention, Diversity and Special Initiatives plays a role in maximizing the education and career outcomes of undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnic background, age, sexual orientation, disability, or economic status.

Ag Discovery at UMD

Ag Discovery is a 3-week program sponsored by USDA/APHIS in conjunction with the University of Maryland to promote agriculture and natural resources and allow high-school students the opportunity to experience campus. 

Ag Discovery information 

Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANNRS)

The Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Program promotes academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences.

MANRRS information 

Summer Opportunities in Agricultural Research and the Environment (SOARE)

Summer Opportunities in Agricultural Research and the Environment (formerly Summer Research Opportunities Program, SROP) is a gateway to graduate education, providing underrepresented undergraduate students with on-campus research experience to establish important relationships with faculty in their respective fields of study and to conduct graduate-level research.

SOARE information

2+2 Transfer Program

AGNR is the first college at the University of Maryland College Park to implement a "2+2" transfer program.  Following two years of study at a foreign university, participating students transfer to Maryland where they complete their education and earn a bachelor's degree. 

2 + 2 Program information

Provide Educational Access to Research & Learning in geoscienceS (PEARLS)

This program will apply scientifically ratified best practices to Provide Educational Access to Research & Learning in geoscienceS (PEARLS) for non-traditional geoscience majors, women, under-served, and underrepresented minorities. 

P.E.A.R.L.S Program

College-Wide Impact


Magdalene Ngeve 

Born and raised in Cameroon, postdoctoral researcher Magdalene Ngeve recently co-published a large-scale study examining the genetic diversity of mangroves over more than 1,800 miles of coastline in the Western Indian Ocean, including Eastern Africa and several islands. 

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Indonesian women taking pictures

In a study published in Conservation Science and Practice, AGNR researchers partnered with Indonesian experts to explore the motivations and challenges of women pursuing a career in conservation sciences in Indonesia. 

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Audrey Wilke

Landscape Architecture Student Audrey Wilke is using national Olmsted Scholar award funds to create a comprehensive guide for disability-inclusive landscape design.

Making Landscapes More Inclusive



A diverse team of recent alumni and students created a stunning self-sustaining eco-restoration base, Ripple. With their design, the team will create a flexible space that allows humans to regenerate native plant diversity and ecological wisdom of the Great Basin region, in an effort to pay equal homage to the land and the indigenous tribes who once lived there.

The Ripples of Ripple