MANRRS: Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences



Ana BreachAnushka TandonAshley FennellGabriel AcevedoJanna ChapmanMikaylaNoah Lee


Promotes academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences.


"Changing the Face of Agriculture by Linking Hands Around the World"

MANRRS is a non-profit organization registered in the state of Michigan. The central thesis for the organization is stated in its constitution as follows:

We, the members of this society, pledge to support endeavors that will always foster and promote the agricultural sciences and related fields positively among ethnic minorities. We also pledge to initiate and participate in activities and programs to ensure that ethnic minorities will also be involved in and associated with the agricultural sciences and related fields. We pledge to work for all people's inclusion, achievement, and advancement in the agricultural sciences.

MANRRS is a national society that welcomes people of all racial and ethnic groups to participate in agricultural and related science careers. MANRRS members are encouraged to participate in other professional associations for their fundamental disciplinary and career interests. However, MANRRS attempts to provide networks to support the professional development of minorities. It is a springboard for their entry into and advancement in careers where they otherwise could be lost in mainstream participants' sheer number and established connections. For student members, MANRRS provides role models and networking opportunities. MANRRS also offers students opportunities to enhance leadership and organizational and public speaking skills and to experience a professional critique of scholarly work in a “user-friendly” environment. An annual membership directory provides student members with national exposure in career and graduate study markets. MANRRS professional members are often the only, or one of few, minority participants in their primary disciplinary societies or at their career locations. MANRRS provides them with a network of counterparts from similar backgrounds with related interests and goals. More experienced members serve as mentors for newer graduates. The historical roots of traditionally formed networks within professions will prevent their replacement by MANRRS or any other alliance. However, MANRRS provides its members with a similar inner circle of relationships to circumvent some of the exclusionary impacts of established professional lines of communication. Finally, MANRRS also serves employers in the broader agricultural sector. It provides them a platform to identify well-qualified prospective employees of ethnic groups, which, when combined, are projected to be the new majority in the workforce in the future.

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Faculty Advisor: Dr. Antonio Silas, Director of the Baltimore City, University of Maryland Extension

Industry Advisor: Dr. Obafemi Elegbede, U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Commission

Graduate Advisor: Mr. Jarvis Scott, Doctoral Candidate, Animal and Avian Science, Ms. Jehnae J. Linkins, Doctoral Student, Mechanical Engineering 

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