College of Agriculture student groups emphasize diversity and inclusion

November 09, 2021

By Annabelle Stokes Lang

MANRRS group picture

MANRRS at LSU chapter members include, left to right, Kayla Benton, Madison Gregory, Keenon Hill, Micheal Perkins, Nya Lewis, Lauren Norman, Kortni Blalock, Lauren Sanders, Raina Washington, Tadj Blackwell.

– Annabelle Stokes Lang

LSU College of Agriculture students are empowered to champion diversity and inclusion for all students. Both groups complement the College’s vision to foster a diverse and inclusive environment.

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) is a national society that welcomes members from all racial and ethnic groups interested in careers in agricultural and related sciences. The longstanding legacy and leaders of MANRRS at LSU promote the advancement of underrepresented ethnic and cultural groups within agriculture. Over the past academic year, MANRRS has successfully doubled its active members.

Tigers for Cultivating Change was established in 2021 to provide a safe, inclusive network for LGBTQ+ and ally students interested in agriculture sciences. Focusing efforts on advocacy, education and community, this organization will promote inclusion and visibility for LGBTQ+ individuals within the College of Agriculture and the larger Louisiana State University community. Cultivating Change is a national nonprofit organization that was launched in 2016. LSU is among the first colleges to join its Collegiate Ambassadors Program (CAP).