Educational Session 4

Education Session 4

Tuesday, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Engaging Students, Alumni & Donors of Color

Karl Lorenz
Director of Diversity Programs, University of Minnesota, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences

Zelia Wiley
Assistant Dean for Diversity Programs, Kansas State University, College of Agriculture; current National President of MANRRS

Leonard Savala
Director of Undergraduate Diversity, Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

The demographics of our institutions and communities are in a time of dramatic change that will only increase over the next 15-20 years. A multicultural America is emerging comprised of increasing populations of African Americans, Asians, Hispanics and other communities of color. This diverse pool of students will increasingly make up our college profiles, participate as alumni volunteers and eventually fund programs as donors. How prepared are we to address the needs of this population and serve the many unique cultural interests they represent?

A group of current MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture and Natural Resource and Related Sciences) students, as well as alumni professionals from other land grant institutions, will participate in a panel discussion about what it's like to be a person of color in an ag/natural resources college. They will highlight some of the cultural differences that are important for professionals to consider when working with this group of stakeholders. We will also address the potential role of MANRRS as an important campus resource and how diversity offices can partner in shaping access to alumni, giving, building capacity and developing a consistent communications strategy for fund raising.

Recruit Student: Yes We All Can!

Brice Nelson
Student Recruitment Coordinator, University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Charlotte Emerson
Director of Student Development and Recruitment, University of Florida, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Recruitment is no longer solely the responsibility of the Dean’s office. Faculty, Staff, Development Officers, Current Students, Alumni and other stakeholders are being asked to participate in the recruiting of potential students. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss methods used at their respective institutions. We will also review several survey instruments involving recruiting and internships for current students as an added bonus!

Data-Driven Decision Making: An Essential Tool for these Critical Times

Steve Gillard
Senior Data Analyst and Information Systems Architect, University of Minnesota, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

The current climate of fiscal stress and uncertainty have made accountability, efficiency and effectiveness more important (and expected) than ever. Taking a data-driven approach to our work can help ensure we make informed decisions in a timely manner that align with our mission, goals, priorities, and strategies. While our organizations are awash in data, how do we know whether we are collecting and managing the right data? What skills, tools, resources and related infrastructure are needed to access, manipulate, analyze and present that data? Are we effectively using the data we have to make strategic decisions? Building the capacity for data-driven decision making creates a foundation to plan, measure, analyze, improve, and control not only a set of processes, but also outcomes that ultimately position us for success and influence our actions moving forward . This session examines the role of data in a decision-making context and how it can effectively be used for assessing returns on investment. Specific case studies related to advancement will be used to frame the discussion.


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