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Mission

The Office of Multicultural Affairs provides leadership to help the College of Ag Sciences proactively address diversity issues and opportunities. Fostering diversity is a strategic priority and core value of the academic and outreach missions of the College.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will serve as a focal point for coordinating and enhancing multicultural initiatives across the college.

Responsibilities of the office include:

  • Leadership of the college Diversity Coordinating Council
  • Implementation of the college's 2010-2015 Framework to Foster Diversity,
  • Oversight of the creation of diversity committees in the academic departments,
  • Handling of civil rights issues and reporting, and
  • Liaison with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Civil Rights Compliance Office.

Additional goals for the office include:

  • Increasing the diversity of candidate pools for faculty positions,
  • Creating and expanding diversity-related professional-development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students
  • Promoting the creation of diversity-related student programs, and
  • Encouraging the recruitment and participation of underrepresented students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

 

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