Message from Coordinator of Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity and Inclusion at the Herbert College of Agriculture means we are ALL VOLS. I am committed to enhancing and advancing the advantages and opportunities a diverse and inclusive Agriculture and Natural Resources environment brings to our campus, state, and the global market. My vision is to serve a student population that mirrors our great state of Tennessee. Culturally competent student leadership training is a top priority, along with self-awareness and globally minded citizenship. We will succeed at feeding the world with value driven team dynamics, effective communication strategies, and fostering a culture of inclusive excellence for students, faculty, and staff here at the Herbert College of Agriculture. I am grateful to be able to serve and I look forward to connecting with each person that comes my way!
Sharon Couch, Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion
We pursue the goal for an inclusive and diverse academic program by recruiting and retaining a diverse group of students, staff, and faculty.
The Herbert College of Agriculture encompasses disciplines across dealing with food and fiber crop production, agribusiness, biotic and abiotic threats, food safety, agriculture, engineering, and environment. In the practice of developing new varieties of plants and new breeds of animals, diversity brings to us opportunities to breed novel valuable traits such as disease or stress resistance. In our studies of natural resources, we learn about what a rich environment surrounds us here and how gifted we are to have the Great Smoky Mountains National Park close by. This park is a haven for more than 19,000 different species, boasts tremendous diversity for native fish in its streams, and because it supports over 30 species, is often called the salamander capital of the world. Agriculture and the natural world that surrounds us teach us every day about the value of diversity, and those of us in tune with it listen to that message very clearly.
The Herbert College of Agriculture and all its family embrace, value, and appreciate diversity of every kind. We will need this diversity of thought as we face the challenges of feeding the world and safeguarding the environment for future generations. We do not tolerate hatred or bias of any kind as that violates the ethics and ideals that are an essential part of who we are. I am grateful to have students, faculty, and staff who demonstrate, by their actions, that we are one family who support, encourage, and appreciate each other.
We seek to ensure that everyone in Herbert feels welcome and that all those that seek to gain an education here feel valued. We will spread that message and recruit particularly underrepresented groups. We will engage them quickly into Herbert life by offering a rich palette of activities and events. Our faculty will reinforce the message of acceptance and appreciation of all those who bring their unique selves to us. The challenges that we face are great but we are united under the sacred mission of the land grant and its philosophy of access for all.
Caula Beyl, Dean of the Herbert College of Agriculture
We pursue an inclusive and diverse academic program…