Please join us this Tuesday 28 September 2021 to learn more about our organization and how we can help YOU achieve your professional and personal goals this semester. This will be a welcome to MANRRS event with pizza and an opportunity to talk with officers, advisors, and other members and to let us know your goals for the year. Come share pizza, add to our vision board, and win a prize! Do you want to
- network with diverse professionals and students in the field?
- learn how to participate in research opportunities or recruit research assistants?
- explore career opportunities?
- prepare for internship and job searches and interviews?
- apply microinterventions to respond to microaggressions?
- learn skills such as money-management, negotiating, informational interviewing?
- build your leadership experience and add to your resume?
- participate in hikes and field trips in the surrounding area?
- enjoy food, prizes, and socializing?
We are part of a national and regional organization that can help you do all those things and more! Please drop by our welcome meeting on Tuesday afternoon. UPDATE: We will be in the first floor student lounge area and in front of Cheatham Hall. We encourage you to bring a friend and spread the word!
Please come see our MANRRS table at these events Wednesday and Thursday. We’ll have goodies, a game with prizes, and an opportunity to meet some of our e-board members and learn more about the organization! If you want $10 worth of free food from the food trucks at the CNRE bash, please register in advance at the link here or below!
Wednesday September 8 is our CALS Hokie Hello event. The event will be held in the Ag Quad (the lawn area behind Price and Sandy Hall and in front of Saunders Hall.) The event starts at 4:30pm and ends at 6:30 pm.
Don’t forget to sign up for the CNRE Welcome Back Bash! You can still drop in and see us if you don’t pre-register, but you get $10 worth of food if you do. The event takes place this Thursday, Sept. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Cheatham Lawn. There will be live music, food trucks, games, and more! Register in advance to receive free food vouchers at https://aimsbbis.vt.edu/WelcomeBackCNRE.
Welcome! We hope that our chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences can be a home and a place to build connections. After a year of being virtual, we’re looking forward to seeing folks in person again! Please join us on the Drillfield for Gobblerfest on Sept 4 (2-5 pm) and make sure to sign up for our listserve if you haven’t already.
UPDATE! We are postponing our first General Body Meeting of the semester so we can instead table at the CALS Welcome event on Sept 8 and the CNRE Welcome event on Sept 9 from 5-7 pm. Please join us there, even if you’re not in either college! We’ll post more details soon. We’ll have prizes and free packaged snacks at Gobblerfest and next weeks events so come out and see us!
We look forward to sharing our experiences with MANRRS and learning what everyone wants to focus on this semester. We are still in the planning phases so check back for more details later this week, but we are organizing a welcome event with food on campus in September. Questions? Contact Dr. Haas or Dr. Thorpe. See the About This Site tab for contact information and details on how to join the listserve. (Make sure to join to get notified about our upcoming hike/field trip and other events!)
Please spread the word to alums in northern Virginia area to join the conversation on Tuesday 3 August 2021. Click on flier to enlarge.
Please register at the link available here, https://aimsbbis.vt.edu/cccnvc
Diversity Conversations with Virginia Tech’s Cultural and Community Centers, as well as the Director of the Northern Virginia Center and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Kenneth Wong
August 3, 2021
Virginia Tech Arlington Research Center
Welcoming all alumni for a networking social highlighting diversity. Join a conversation with the Directors of Virginia Tech’s Cultural and Community Centers, and updates from the Director of the Northern Virginia Center and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Kenneth Wong. Learn about upcoming diversity initiatives and ways to engage.
Join us to hear guest speaker and VT alumni, Akea Cader! Akea is the first Operations and Outreach Intern for The Wildlife Society (TWS) national headquarters! At VT, Akea worked to create an inclusive environment for underrepresented students and is continuing her amazing work on the national level. Akea will help improve communication and engagement between TWS and organization units vehicle developing and leading TWS professional offerings and DEI initiatives. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity! Please register in advance to get the zoom link, but it’s a quick process.
Please mark your calendars for our next General Body Meeting, being planned for 6 pm Thursday 25 March 2021. Click here for the registration link for the zoom meeting soon. The topic will be on professional development tips to address concerns about lining up good summer jobs and internships, or getting into graduate school. Our panel of e-board members will discuss leadership skills, documenting service and working for social change on your resume, networking and making connections, where to look find opportunities, an international perspective, and negotiating salaries and offers. Please plan to join us!
We are looking for members to run for office and join our executive board for the upcoming academic year. We’d like to have elections in the spring to allow some time for training and handing off of information before some of our current officers graduate or leave for study abroad. Serving in MANRRS is a great way to get to know students across different departments in CALS, CNRE, and other colleges on campus. We welcome involvement from both undergraduate and graduate students. You can develop your leadership skills, your experience promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, your service and outreach skills–it’s a great opportunity to make new friends, to build your resume, and to grow in so many ways. Please fill out the survey link here to express your interest in one or more positions! And please spread the word to others who might be interested! Click on the image to enlarge the flier below.
We are looking to fill the following positions:
Undergraduate Vice President
Graduate Vice President
Membership development chair
Please join us for an informal “happy hour” to get to know current MANRRS students and hopefully some alums as well! We will have some ice-breakers and opportunities to get to know each other. Please invite your friends to join us. Register at this link to get the Zoom info.
Thanks to everyone who joined our webinar with Dr. Mamie Parker! If you’d like to learn more about MANRRS or get signed up for our listserv, stop by our table in front of Owens Hokie Grill on Friday the 13th (!) from 10:45-4 pm. We look forward to seeing you!
(photo from 2019, pre-pandemic!)
Please make sure to pre-register for this event here so you can get the zoom link. Let us know if you have particular questions that you want Dr. Parker to address. She will be introduced by 2020 VT alum Andrew Bartee, and joined by current VT MANRRS President Brooke Johnson in a conversation about dealing with discrimination in outdoor based STEM fields. Please spread the word!