DIVersity, INclusion, and Equity (DivInE) in COLSA

COLSA Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity

COLSA recognizes that the fields of life sciences, food and agriculture, natural resources, and applied technical and social sciences are engrained in all facets of our society. Innovation in these areas is achieved when diverse voices provide critical and complementary perspectives toward problem-solving. Diversity encompasses the multiple intersecting backgrounds that characterize each of us, creating unique sets of experiences and vantage points. COLSA acknowledges the importance of a diverse College community that values all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. Important steps need to be taken to improve our campus climate that holds the college accountable in promoting an inclusive and equitable environment that distributes support and resources to all its community members regardless of background and identity.

COLSA is committed to:

  • Engendering mindfulness and respect on issues related to diversity and inclusion among our students, staff, and faculty;
  • Equipping all our students to be competitive members of a diverse global workforce; and
  • Preparing marginalized students to excel in professions where they have been historically underrepresented.

Current COLSA DivInE (DIVersity, INclusion, and Equity) Committee Members

  • Josephine Anes, Administrative Assistant, Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Sherman Bigornia, Assistant Professor, Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
  • Laurie Chapman-Bosco, Professor, Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
  • Serita Frey, Committee Chair and Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Daniel Howard, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
  • David Plachetzki, Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences
  • Adriana Romero-Olivares, UNH Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholar, Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Athena Ryan, COLSA Student Representative
  • Mindy Prieur, COLSA Student Representative