Saturday 4/30 farm tour

This Saturday morning 30 April 2022 at 9 am we are getting a guided tour of Virginia Tech Farms!  The event is open to all, so feel free to bring family members including kids.

This will be a great way to network with students and staff who are interested in promoting inclusion and equity for people of color in disciplines related to life sciences and related social sciences, build camraderie, and see baby animals!

The tour:
  • Sheep shearing and barn
  • Dairy Show
  • Beef Cattle pregnancy detection
  • Horses

Interested participants can sign up at the link here, https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeXAS17YODaZMcBCTm94dZCoC85lXX0pTDWDs_sSZc6NuwqxQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

We expect the trip will last about 2.5 or 3 hours.

Panel on APIDA experiences in Ag and Nat Res April 19

Please join us to attend this panel at the Asian Cultural Engagement Center (Room 140 Squires) or by Zoom (preregister to get Zoom link, QR code on flier) at 6 pm on Tuesday 19 April 2022.  A chapter co-advisor, Dr. Carola Haas, will be moderating a panel of VT faculty and alums including a former president of our MANRRS chapter, to discuss experiences of Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans in agriculture and natural resources.  There will be food!  Please spread the word and bring a friend!  Click on the image to enlarge.

Meeting April 21 4:30-6:00 pm

Our next meeting will be Thurs, April 21 4:30-6:00 pm in Room 1810 Litton-Reaves.  If you are interested in serving as a chapter officer next year, please fill out the google form.  We hope all of you interested in running can plan to attend and speak briefly about your goals for the chapter.  Officer and committee roles are listed in the pdf document on the sidebar to the right.  We look forward to working with you.   We will also be discussing some upcoming events and professional development opportunities for next year. Please mark your calendars and keep your eyes out for a trip to see baby farm animals on the morning of Saturday April 30th!

Meeting Thurs 31 March 2022

Please mark your calendars for a meeting on Thursday, 31 March 2022, from 4-6:30 pm in 1810 Litton-Reaves.  We will hear about student experiences at the National MANRRS Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, and discuss plans for the rest of the semester.  Also keep your eyes open for a potential social activity on Saturday 19 March 2022.  If you aren’t on our listserv or GroupMe, be sure to join before then, and follow our social media!

Please Support MANRRS on VT Giving Day!

Please support our students and chapter activities by donating directly to our chapter’s foundation account on VT Giving Day! Please go to the university’s link below, look for Student Organizations, and then use the drop down menu under Fund Designation to select Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences. Thank you! Contributions as small as $5 to $10 add up, and are important signs of broad support for our endeavors. Thank you! https://givingday.vt.edu/giving-day/42940/donate?dept=42990

End of Year Social 7 Dec 2021

Please join us in 1810 Litton-Reaves from 4:30-6 pm on Tuesday December 7th!  We want to provide a relaxing place to support you going in to finals!  Please reach out to the advisors or e-board members if you have any suggestions or requests!  Sorry for the late notice–we’ll provide updates on the listserve and here.  Feel free to bring friends and help us get a vibrant group ready to start in 2022!

Next meeting Nov 9

Our next meeting will be held in 1810 Litton-Reaves, from 4:30 to 6 pm on Tuesday November 9th.  We’ll have several of our graduate students practicing elevator pitches about their research or proposed research projects.  It will be an opportunity for them to practice public speaking with a friendly audience (contact Dr. Haas if you’re a grad student and you want to speak–cahaas AT vt(dot)edu).  It will also be an opportunity for undergraduates to learn about what sort of research opportunities are available.  We plan to have an ambassador from the Office of Undergraduate Research to talk about how to get involved!

We also plan to have some time to talk about the organization and to get involved in some of our committees.  Please bring your ideas for community service and fundraisers!  We really appreciated the enthusiasm and engagement last week!  We look forward to seeing everyone in November!

Microinterventions 10/26/21

Our next meeting will be Tuesday 26 October 2021 from 4:30 to 6 pm in 1810 Litton-Reaves.  Please mark your calendars, plan to bring a friend or classmate, and spread the word! (Click MicroInterventions if you’d like to download a pdf format flier to print or share.)  This Tuesday we will have a brief presentation and discussion on how to respond to microaggressions (both as a bystander and a recipient).  Then we’ll move into goals and planning, and how to become involved in the national organization.  If you want to pay dues at this meeting, you can pay on CashApp or bring along $10. (But don’t worry about dues–fine to just check out the organization first before you decide to join!)   We’ll also have a drawing for some of the prizes you registered for at Gobblerfest and earlier events!  We aren’t planning to have food because of masking requirements, but will have some granola bar type snacks you can take with you!  Looking forward to seeing everyone!  See post below for additional meetings this semester.

Fall 2021 Meeting/Event Times

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we re-boot for the semester.  Please mark your calendars for the following Tuesdays and plan to gather!

Tuesday October 26 4:30-6 pm 1810 Litton-Reaves

Tuesday November 9 4:30-6 pm, probably 1810 Litton-Reaves or lounge

Tuesday December 7 4:30-6 pm social gathering, location TBD