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