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Diversity and Inclusion in Ag and Applied Economics

Under-Represented Groups in Ag and Applied Economics

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I currently serve as a member of the American Economics Association's Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession. CSMGEP works to increase the representation and advancement of historically under-represented minorities in the economics profession, as well as to ensure that related issues are considered in the work of the AEA. CSMGEP sponsors several initiatives for diversity and inclusion, including the Mentoring Program for Ph.D. students and early career doctorates, the Summer Training Program, hosted by Howard University, for undergraduates interested in pursuing doctoral studies in economics, and the Summer Economic Fellows Program, which strives to connect senior graduate students and early career faculty with fellowships at sponsoring research institutions.


Take a look at CSMGEP's annual report and newsletter, the Minority Report, published jointly with the American Society of Hispanic Economists (ASHE), the Association for Economic Research of Indigenous People (AERIP), and the National Economic Association (NEA). 

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Committee on Women in Agricultural Economics

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I am currently serving as the Chair for the Agricultural and Applied ​Economics Association's Committee on Women in Agricultural Economics. CWAE's purpose is to promote the welfare of women and other underrepresented groups in the profession of agricultural economics by representing their interests and by engaging in activities that encourage their professional advancement through networking and leadership opportunities. For 2020-2021, we have four working groups. Please contact me if you would like to work with us!


Nominations: Identify women to nominate for AAEA awards and honors, including Fellows, and coordinate nomination efforts with unit heads and other supporters; develop templates and best practices for compiling nomination packets; draft support letter on behalf of CWAE, focusing on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


CWAE Awards: Help establish two (2) new CWAE awards – one at the senior level and one at the junior level – including selection criteria and nomination and selection processes; identify short list of potential award recipients; help promote and solicit donations for the Georgeanne Artz Memorial Fund, as well as applications for the Georgeanne Artz Memorial Travel Grant.


Social Media: Retweet information relevant to CWAE members; develop original social media content that engages CWAE twitter followers; promote achievements and accomplishments of women in AAEA; help identify CWAE Members in the News and increase visibility of women in popular press.

40th Anniversary Task Force: Develop anniversary poster; solicit suggestions and work with CWAE leadership to develop proposals for commemorative activities throughout the year, particularly at 2021 AAEA Annual Meeting; support organization of CWAE anniversary activities

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President and Provost's Council on Women

In 2021, I served as the Chair-Elect of The Ohio State University's President and Provost's Council on Women, housed at The Women's Place in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. PPCW leads the charge to advance women across The Ohio State University. PPCW advocates to the president and provost for all Ohio State women and provides leadership for the development of policies and practices that positively affect the working environment for women employed at the university. Read our position statement on racial equity here.

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Task Force on Racism and Racial Inequities

I serve as a member of a university task force established at The Ohio State University to provide tangible recommendations to create a more equitable, healthy, supportive, and nurturing community. This 17-member group, which includes students, faculty and staff, will be engaging broadly with the Ohio State community to identify and propose action steps. The task force has been asked to propose “serious, achievable action steps that will advance principles of and promote an equitable, healthy, supportive and nurturing university community.” Other elements of the charge include hosting inclusive, candid conversations about racism; identifying aspects of Ohio State that contribute to inequities and differential outcomes; identifying effective practices that address these problems, and transcending prior approaches. Please see our calendar of racial justice events here.

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The Multi-institutional mEntoring Network for Transforming Organizational cultuRe (MENTOR) Program focuses on increasing underrepresented minorities and women in the agricultural and life sciences. MENTOR will partner with six historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and seven predominantly white institutions (PWIs) to bring intentional and inclusive mentoring-based programs to these campuses. The mentoring initiative, based out of Purdue, will will distribute mini-grants to pilot mentoring programs at participating institutions, which will allow teams at these schools to tailor the initiative to the needs of the student body. Ohio State is a recipient of one of these grants, and I will be directing a new culturally-responsive mentoring program at CFAES, joint with Mary Rodriguez, Francesca Hand, and Jera Neiwoehner-Green.

CFAES DEI Action Council

I am a member of the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Council. The vision of the Council is to exemplify a college-wide culture where diversity, equity, and inclusion are embraced, practiced, and celebrated. All members of the CFAES community are supported in developing to their highest potential. We aim to serve as catalysts to foster inclusiveness within our college along with dialogue and educational opportunities and advise the Dean onmoving the college forward in the realms of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read my profile for some more thoughts on DEI work within CFAES and keep up with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through their monthly newsletter.

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