LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2021) — Agriculture is a broad and diverse industry full of little-known professions. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment wants to show potential students that it has something for everyone.
The college’s Office of Diversity is hosting "Ag is for All," Oct. 26, on the UK campus in Lexington. The event is geared toward underrepresented high school juniors and seniors.
“In my role, I have been observing barriers that students have faced in preparing to apply for, and navigate through, college. The Office of Diversity created the event to be intentional in assisting students as they prepare to apply for college,” said Mia Farrell, assistant dean for diversity. “It is important that we give students the tools they need to succeed before attending college.”
The day will begin at 9 a.m. EDT with a welcome from Nancy Cox, college dean, and Carmen Agouridis, associate dean for instruction. Sessions before lunch will include overviews of college majors, scholarships and deadlines, student financial aid, an explanation of the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a panel of college faculty and students. Participants will also learn about the Living Learning Program.
After lunch, participants will tour the university, and the event will conclude at 3 p.m.
“Students should attend the conference to get resources on how to prepare for college and how to navigate the university,” Farrell said. “This program will also allow students to begin to build their network and build relationships before attending the university. It is important to begin the process as early as possible to prepare our present and future leaders.”
For more information and to register, visit https://students.ca.uky.edu/A4A-2021.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.