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Class Reflection

Before taking this diversity class, I had previously taken a similar course at my undergraduate program and I did not have a very good experience. The instructor was not the most understanding of other people’s views and it was taught in a style that if you did not agree with him and what he thought, …

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The Gaps Between Higher Ed and Industry

The Issues: There are several issues going on today that involve higher education and my field of study. One of the biggest ones is the issue with job availability as you continue on with your education. One example of this nutrition. I cannot vouch for the other species, but for swine, there are very few …

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Intersectionality

What is intersectionality? As defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary, intersectionality is “the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups.”  In other words, its multiple types of discrimination applied to the same person all …

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Diversity in Agriculture

If you look at a breakdown of the US population by profession, only 2% are involved in farming and there are a lot of people that think this is the only component of agriculture. Typically, an old man in overalls driving a tractor with a couple cows wondering around his property is what people think …

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This is me

Hi everyone! My name is Jessica Neary and I am from a small town in Illinois about 45 minutes east of St. Louis. My preferred pronouns are she/her/hers. I studied Animal Science with a focus on livestock production at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Here at Virginia Tech, I am a first year masters student …

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