Climate, Diversity and Inclusion

Climate, Diversity and Inclusion

As the founding College of this land grant institution, we have an obligation and mission to not only reflect the society we serve in our composition but also to respect all voices in what we do and how we do it.

The CDI Initiative

In 2020, the College of Agricultural Sciences launched a new Climate, Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) Initiative to assure we are as inclusive and representative as we can be in what we do and how we do it. It has three main goals:

  • To improve how we reflect the population we serve.
  • To create opportunities for respectful and constructive dialogue between people and viewpoints.
  • To eliminate bias in our policies and procedures so they are as supportive as possible for all people.

Led by Dr. Staci Simonich, Executive Associate Dean, this effort is comprised of a task force who will provide counsel and a sounding board for ideas and opinions.

In its first year, the taskforce is focused on assessment with a commitment to financially invest in defined programs that meet the needs identified in that assessment in its second year.

While we recognize real change takes time, we hold ourselves accountable to measurable and meaningful progress in everything we do as we continue to see such inequality in our society on the basis of race, gender and identities of all types.

One way we can make some immediate progress is to advocate for diverse voices across our College and the agricultural sciences.

The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.