Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences
Advisor: Clark Williams
Room 400 E. L. Hlloway Ag. Bldg.
MANRRS is a non-profit organization registered in the state of Michigan. The central thesis for the organization is stated in its constitution as follows:
We the members of this society pledge to support endeavors that will always foster and promote the agricultural sciences and related fields in a positive manner among ethnic minorities. We also pledge to initiate and participate in activities and programs that will ensure that ethnic minorities will also be involved in and associated with the agricultural sciences and related fields... We pledge to work for the inclusion, achievement, and advancement of all people in the agricultural sciences.
MANRRS is a national society that welcomes membership of people of all racial and ethnic group participation in agricultural and related sciences careers. MANRRS members are encouraged to be full participants in other professional societies for their basic disciplinary and career interests. However, MANRRS attempts to provide networks to support professional development of minorities. It is a springboard for their entry into and advancement in careers where they otherwise could be lost in the sheer number and established connections of mainstream participants. For student members, MANRRS provides role models and networking opportunities.
MANRRS also offers students opportunities to enhance leadership and organizational and public speaking skills, and to experience professional critique of scholarly worked in a "user friendly" environment. An annual membership directory is planned to provide student members national exposure in career and graduate study markets. MANRRS professional members are often the only, or one of few, minority participants in their basic disciplinary societies or at their career locations. MANRRS provides them a network of counterparts from similar background with related interests and goals. More experienced members serve as mentors for newer graduates.
The historical roots of traditionally formed networks within professions will prevent their replacement by MANRRS or any other alliance. However, MANRRS provides its members a similar inner circle of relationships to circumvent some of the exclusionary impacts of established professionals' lines of communication. Finally, MANRRS also serves employers in the broader agricultural sector. It provides them a locus to identify prospective well qualified employees who are members of ethnic groups, which, when combined, are projected to be the new majority in the work force in the not too distant future.