Black, Indigenous and people of color
As we reflect upon the pain and grief as the nation responds to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the countless other Black men and women who have had their lives taken away by extreme acts of violence, the College is looking for ways to do a better job of sharing the stories and voices of Black and Brown people in our communities. In that spirit, we are introducing a new section to our website that elevates the voices of our BIPOC AgSci community – past and present.
I chose my field of study because it changed my life: hemp and cannabis. I beat sarcoma in 2018! I see myself furthering my education. I aspire to be an accelerated master's student in my undergraduate days and, if I fulfill this goal, I will definitely pursue my doctorate. Everyone said they saw a lot of potential in me even when I didn't see it in myself, so I started working harder.
I am a proud first generation Asian American of parents who immigrated from the Philippines. Throughout my entire life, my parents have always taught me there is nothing more valuable than a college education. I knew I always wanted to pursue higher education, and while I haven't been able to pinpoint exactly what I want to do, I just know I want to help people.
MANRRS is one of the largest and most diverse national non-profit societies. Its 60-plus university chapters in six regions across the country are dedicated to preparing its student membership for careers in agricultural and related sciences. The OSU MANRRS Chapter has proven itself a vital piece to bridging the gap in enrollment and graduation rates, and perhaps even more importantly, for preparing students for their post-campus careers.
Of OSU's nearly 400 recognized student organizations, one repeatedly honored in recent years is MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences), a student-run professional development group. As BioResource Research senior Alejandra Márquez Loza explains, MANRRS is far more than a social club.
My horticulture science major aligned with my interest in growing my own food and sharing that with others. I was highly influenced by my family and my high school agriculture teacher Ms. Moyer. It is important to provide sustainable and equitable ways for people to access food and ensure inequities do not exist.
Through working in the animal behavior lab at OSU and Heartland Humane Society I have found I want to continue helping shelter animals and improving their adoptability. In addition to helping companion animals in the community, I am also passionate about marine mammals and marine conservation.
While my program is in Fisheries Science, I work on the social dimension side of fisheries science. Instead of looking at fish species, I work with the people who catch the fish, manage the fish, and eat the fish. Specifically, I explore decision-making strategies with small-scale fishers in Jamaica.
Eric Wade, a fisheries social scientist graduate student, wrote, “Your BIPOC [Black, Indigenous and people of colour] students, faculty, and staff are juggling a lot and many of us have to fight an uphill to feel like we belong in this space.” He added: “The current social climate makes this harder.”
Palmer Patton recognized as earliest identified African American graduate, faculty member at Oregon State
Palmer Patton, graduated from OAC (Oregon Agricultural College) with his bachelor’s degree in 1918 and a master’s degree in 1920.