diversity/inclusion issue in animal science

An issue that I believe is still seen in animal science is the lack of diversity. When I first got into the field of animal science, especially at the university of Missouri, most of my professors and graduate teaching assistants were predominantly white. Now, to my first year in graduate school I believe that the field of animal science has took a great step in the right direction. Obviously diversity and inclusion are still and issue but like what Dr. Alworth from the University of Georgia says diversity is already becoming increasingly present in the workplace and in the lab setting. Just from moving from Missouri to Virginia, I have seen a vast diversity in the building of animal science when it comes to professors and graduate students, but I believe there is still a disconnect to get more diversity into the undergraduate level. I personally do not know if international students just do not want to be in the field of animal science, if it is the non-promotion from this department, or if it is a mixture of both. All I do know though, is that diversity in animal science will give us more perspective on the global issues and not just the issues we see in the United States. I believe that animal science especially needs to be more diverse and inclusive because our future of feeding our growing population is going to be a majority on our shoulders. Another statement by Dr. Alworth that supports this is that diversity brings the potential to generate creative discussion and innovation, which is exactly what we need moving forward.

The journal article below was my main source for this blog post and I believe it has some great messages for societal diversity as well. In the article it also provides some examples of promoting more inclusion and diversity.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20353686

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