Edward Romero, founder of AgForLife, speaking Nov. 13

On Nov. 13, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Diversity Council will host Edward Romero for a discussion of the recruitment and retention of underrepresented populations.

In 2009, Romero formed AgForLife LLC to help address the lack of students majoring in agricultural and life sciences, particularly from underrepresented populations.

“Having a larger pool of highly diverse students in the agricultural, food, and life sciences arena will translate into a more dynamic and vibrant agricultural industry that is better equipped to serve the changing demographics in the U.S.,” Romero said.

Edward Romero presentationRomero is currently the chief diversity officer at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he is responsible for the development of designing, coordinating, implementing, and enhancing all diversity and inclusion efforts of the university and works collaboratively with the senior management team, colleges, departments, offices, groups, and individuals.

During his visit to Virginia Tech, Romero will share his insight and help bolster efforts and plans for improved diversity and inclusion. Everyone is welcome to attend the open seminar at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 13 in the Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1, seminar room 108. For more information on his visit, contact Eric Kaufman at 540-231-6258.

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