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February 7, 2022

Diversity Programs Office: Black History Month

Submitted by Zelia Wiley

First Black Graduates of Kansas State University

Happy February and Black History Month! In celebration of the month, the College of Agriculture/KSRE Diversity Programs Office and the K-State Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences, or MANRRS, Chapter recognizes George Washington Owens, 1875-1950, and Minnie Howell Champe, 1878-1948, the first Black male and female graduates of Kansas State University for helping to pave the road for all who have followed.

The Diversity Programs Office welcomes Me’Laiha Enriquez to the team. Enriquez is a K-State undergraduate student majoring in fashion studies and marketing. She is also a 2021 Project IMPACT KOMPASS scholar. We are excited to have her share her talents with us.

Please mark your calendars to join us throughout February and March, as the Diversity Programs Office and MANRRS have many upcoming events noted below:

  • Feb. 8: KSRE Multicultural Summer Research Fellowship application deadline.
  • Feb. 9, 6 p.m.: College of Agriculture Resume writing workshop
    • 342 Waters Hall
    • The Diversity Programs Office and K-State MANRRS plan to support this event, hosted by the Master of Agribusiness program and Career Center.
  • Feb. 16, 6 p.m.: Virtual MANRRS Corporate Showcase
    • Zoom ID: 921 5689 0187
    • Join us in hosting John Deere Co., Cargill, Ardent Mills, USDA, Merck Animal Health and Syngenta during this event
  • March 23: Indigenous Students' College for a Day
    • In partnership with the Indigenous Faculty and Staff Alliance, K-State College of Agriculture, Diversity and Multicultural Students Affairs, and Indigenous students in the state of Kansas.
  • March 23-26: National MANRRS Conference in Jacksonville, Florida.
    • K-State MANRRS will be represented by a 12-student delegation.
    • The College of AG/KSRE Diversity Programs Office and the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine will partner during the Career Fair at the conference.

We are proud of our students and their efforts. These are trying times of adjustment and we ask for you to embrace all in the path to move forward. Thanks in advance for your participation in the upcoming events. If you would like to see more of what is coming, please visit our social media pages: Facebook — Diversity Prog Office- Kansas State University; Twitter — @dpo_kstate; and Instagram — @dpooffice.

If you require more information, please contact Zelia Wiley, assistant dean and director of diversity programs, at 785-532-5793 or zwiley@k-state.edu

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