DEIR Spotlight

This page is a collection of some stories that highlight AGNR DEIR efforts. 

Pride FlagIn celebration of Pride Month, Dean Beyrouty recognizes the modern-day impact that LGBTQ+ members are having upon the agriculture industry.

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Wanda MacLachlanFor more than three decades Wanda MacLachlan, the first black, female, agriculture extension agent in Maryland, has inspired thousands of people to care for the land and the Bay. 

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Beatrice Pfefferkorn holding an awardBeatrice Pfefferkorn broke barriers for women agriculture in the State of Maryland in 1944. Today nearly half of the UME extension agents are women. 

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Dr. Nia Imani FieldsFor the last several decades, 4-H programs around the country have committed to a promise to remove barriers and increase access for all youth to experience what 4-H has to offer.

 

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Samara holding up a fish on a boat. Samara Nehemiah (’15 ENSP) uses prestigious Sea Grant fellowship to continue important research assessing fish populations in Maryland.

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Mikayla NaSya LewisMikayla NaSya Lewis, president-elect of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS), helps shape a more inclusive future in agriculture related fields. 

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Map of MarylandStudent mapping highlights food access problems in Prince George’s County and provides policy recommendations in ENSP interdisciplinary capstone project.

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Jennifer Dixon Cravens and after-school program studentsJennifer Dixon Cravens helps youth groups in the region understand how environmental health is important to the health of their community with hands-on workshops.

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Gold Street Park dedication ceremony with attendees sitting in a circleGold Street Park in Baltimore is transformed into a sustainable, public oasis by Landscape Architecture Students using a thoughtful, inclusive partnership with the local community.

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Student scientist in a labAnnual 10-week research program helps students learn the skills they need to carry them on to graduate school. Students from across the state, country, and beyond are hosted by AGNR in the Summer Opportunities in Agricultural Research and the Environment (SOARE) program. 

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Aerial view of Ripple projectA UMD team engages indigenous tribes ecological experiences as it creates an award-winning self-sustaining station called Ripple, for the regeneration of native biodiversity and ecological knowledge.

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Faculty featured in the PEARLS programA new program encourages students from non-traditional geoscience fields, such as chemical engineering, to access geoscience disciplines via extracurricular experiences and training. The $385K award from the National Science Foundation entitled, “GP-GO: Providing Early Access to Research & Learning in geosciences goes by the name PEARLS.

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