Group equips students as allies for diversity in ag

 

By Becca Frazier, Agriculture Future of America (AFA)

via Tri-State Neighbor/AgUpdate - Apr 6, 2021

 

Last year brought a variety of social issues to the surface and created momentum within racial justice movements, heightening conversations about diversity of all types.

 

The make-up of the country and agriculture industry continues to evolve. Agriculture has an opportunity to embrace the benefits diversity provides, including individuals with valued skills, identities and ideas.

 

College students are continually exposed to people from differing ideological, ethnic, geographic, spiritual, socioeconomic, sexual and political backgrounds and experiences. It is vital to prepare them with skills and tools to effectively engage in conversations that challenge their perspectives and ways of thinking.

 

“Within higher education, we often hear industry professionals note it’s essential for new hires to be proficient in cultural EQ,” said Katie Gaebel, Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership, and director of programs for Agriculture Future of America. “Similarly, new hires report they’re not looking to see how fast they can get the corner office anymore. They want to work at a company that prioritizes diversity and shares their values.”

 

Rising to the challenge of providing a safe space for the future leaders of agriculture to learn and practice such skills, Agriculture Future of America (AFA) hosted a virtual experience for young professionals studying in agriculture and related fields. The series, AFA Bridge...

 

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