NDSU Agricultural Affairs, to include NDSU Extension, North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (NDAES), Research Extension Centers and the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources (CAFSNR), is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion for all employees, clientele and partners. Our core values include equal access, service to diverse audiences, equity and diversity in recruitment and employment, and fostering genuine inclusivity throughout our units. As such, we remain committed to diversity, equity and inclusion as both a mindset and in action.
The NDSU Agricultural Affairs Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council was first convened in 2020, with the mission of promoting a system that values differences in meaningful way to enhance our land grant mission of teaching, research and extension.
- Additional information on institutional equity and compliance; NDSU policy manual; posters; recruitment and hiring; and documents and forms.
- Diversity – appreciating the differences between people and treating people's values, beliefs, cultures and lifestyles with respect.
- Equity – ensuring everyone in a setting has equal opportunities, regardless of their abilities, their background or their lifestyle.
- Inclusion – a sense of belonging. The deliberate act of welcoming diversity and creating an environment where all different kinds of people can thrive and succeed. It includes the organizational efforts and practices in which different backgrounds are accepted, welcomed, and equally treated.
Role of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council
- Supporting healthy, thriving and culturally-diverse communities through our educational programs and opportunities
- Improving the diversity profile of our employees at all levels and across the state.
- Nurturing the understanding and skill development of employees and volunteers in areas of equity, inclusion and diversity.
Goals of the Council
- A diverse workforce within NDSU Agricultural Affairs
- Multiple, regular educational programs and resources on diversity, equity and inclusion are readily available and accessed by all staff
- Stronger relationships with our 1994 North Dakota land-grant institutions and Tribal partners
- All resources developed and utilized by NDSU Agricultural Affairs are viewed through a cultural lens before distribution
Current Council Members
Members of this council are from all divisions within Agricultural Affairs to include NDSU Extension, North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, Research Extension Centers and the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources.
|Name||Title and Department/Unit|
|Holly Arnold||Extension Parent Educator, Ward County (Region 2)|
|Nathaniel Brown||Extension Agent, Family Nutrition Program, Sioux County|
|Ryan Buetow||Extension Cropping Systems Specialist, Dickinson Research Extension Center|
|Sara Clemens||Extension Agent, ANR*, Bottineau County|
|Danielle Condry||Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Microbiological Sciences|
|Amanda Dahners||Extension Agent, FCW**, Grant County|
|Lynette Flage||Associate Director, NDSU Extension|
|Caley Gasch||Assistant Professor, Soil Health, School of Natural Resource Sciences|
|Jim Gray||West District Director, NDSU Extension|
|Shelby Hewson||Extension Agent, ANR*, Slope County|
|Sue Quamme||4-H Youth Development Specialist, NDSU Extension|
|Shafiqur Rahman||Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering|
|Madeleine Smith||Extension Agent, ANR*, Pembina County|
|Jan Stankiewicz||Community Health and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension|
|Gerald Stokka||Associate Professor, Extension Veterinarian, Department of Animal Sciences|
|Justin Swanson||Director of Development, NDSU Foundation|
|Shannon Ueker||Administrative Secretary, Department of Plant Sciences|
|Abbey Wick||Associate Professor/Extension Soil Health Specialist, School of Natural Resource Sciences|
|Ryan Yonk||Lecturer, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics|
* ANR - Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent
** FCW - Family and Community Wellness Agent
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council meets virtually, every-other-month to learn together, provide committee and organizational updates, and determine ways to promote diversity, equity and inclusion education for the entire organization. Four standing committees assist in the work of the council and include 1) education, 2) tribal connections/1994 relationships, 3) inclusive publications, and 4) civil discourse. Additional committees are possible and will be developed by the council based on needs of the organization.