The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is committed to a comprehensive diversity program focusing on undergraduate and graduate academic programs, outreach, and research. The College provides opportunities for U.S. citizens of underrepresented groups while also strengthening multicultural understanding among students, staff and faculty.
The Faculty Diversity Committee created the Diversity Enhancement Faculty Award in 2002 to recognize outstanding performance of faculty in enhancing diversity. The Diversity Committee drafted examples of Diversity Enhancement for Faculty in response to including diversity as a part of faculty evaluation.
Through the Office of Multicultural Programs, the director advises students of color and conducts recruitment and retention activities for undergraduate students of color.
The office coordinates the George Washington Carver Internship Program for undergraduate and high school students. Interns are matched with faculty mentors and have the opportunity to conduct research in areas that interest them during the summer six to eight week program.
Students at ISU can join the MANRRS CHAPTER (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) to help foster interest in fields of agriculture and create a welcoming environment at ISU.
Through the Office of Diversity Programs, the College supports the
- George Washington Carver Internship Program,
- Graduate Research Assistantship Match,
- Faculty Research Exchange Visits, and linkages with the 1890 Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, the 1994 Land-Grant Tribal Colleges and Hispanic-serving Institutions to provide collaborative opportunities among diverse populations and to attract minority students to graduate studies at Iowa State University.