Faculty, staff, and students from the college learned about ways to increase diversity and inclusion during the Nov. 12-13 visit with Edward Romero. Romero gave a presentation entitled “Strategies for Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Populations in Agriculture” and met with several groups during his visit. He shared his insights to help bolster efforts and plans for improved diversity and inclusion.
This presentation was sponsored by the CALS Diversity Incentive Fund. Eric Kaufman submitted the winning proposal to bring Romero to campus.
“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.
Romero 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 across the university.