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,

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!

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.

First Meeting Tuesday 28 Sept 4:30-6 pm Cheatham Lounge

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!

CALS Hokie Hello and CNRE Welcome Back Bash events this week

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


Welcome back for fall 2021 Sept 4 and 9th!

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!)


NoVa Diversity Conversations 3 Aug 2021

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,

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
6:30-8:30 p.m.
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.

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