We are pleased to announce that the University of Florida horticultural team, led by Carlene Chase, has been selected as the group winner of the 2021 National Experiment Station Diversity and Inclusion Award!
This award recognizes excellence in promoting diversity, equity, pluralism, and inclusion in our nation's agricultural experiment stations. The ESCOP Diversity Catalyst Committee received a number of compelling nominations, but the committee noted that the UF team is dedicated to reaching underserved populations while training young professionals pursuing careers in agriculture. They were impressed that the team works closely with the Florida Black Farmers Association to train and enhance organic farming strategies, along with a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Last, grant agencies recognize the value of the interinstitutional work between the University of Florida, Florida A&M, and North Carolina A&T.
This award was presented at the annual meeting of the Experiment Station Section’s Annual Meeting in Olympic Valley, CA on September 29, 2021. UF/IFAS Research Dean Robert Gilbert accepted the award on their behalf in California, and then met with the team at UF for a ceremonial "passing of the check."
This is the second year in a row UF/IFAS is receiving this national recognition. In 2020, the Family, Youth, and Sciences Team, led by Tracy Irani, won this award. Many thanks and congratulations to those in our organization who are taking positive actions toward a culture of diversity and inclusion.