Diversity, equity and inclusion


The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) is committed to promoting an inclusive and supportive environment for all faculty, staff and students. View a page of selected resources.

The CANR Diversity Committee will be developing activities, training and programming aligned with UD's Diversity Action Plan.

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CANR DEI Focus Areas

Three priority focus areas have been identified from the 2019-2020 CANR climate audit of staff and faculty provided by the University of Delaware’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and results from a CANR undergraduate and graduate student survey. The full results of these assessments can be found here: https://sites.google.com/udel.edu/canr-staff- resources/dei-resources

1) outreach, recruitment, and retention;

2) training and assessment, and

3) facilitating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.

Office of Equity and Inclusion Trainings

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December 2019 - The Office of Equity and Inclusion began a DEI audit involving a four-step data collection process in consultation and collaboration with members of the college. The information gleaned from this audit would then be used to make recommendations recommendations for an enhanced commitment to DEI through policy and practice.

August 2020 - The Office of Equity and Inclusion completed and shared a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Assessment of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. A summary of these findings can be found further down on the page.

September 2020 - An informal meeting took place on September 9 to begin initiating an official CANR DEI Committee within the college, and on September 24, a group met for their first formal meeting to discuss an action plan.

October 2020 - On October 19, 2020, the dean sent out a 13-question anonymous survey created by the CANR DEI Committee to assess how undergraduate and graduate students perceived the climate of the CANR college community. A summary of these findings can be found further down on the page.

November 2020 - On November 12, 2020, the CANR faculty voted to amend the college by-laws to officially include a standing, formal DEI Committee that will consist of 13 voting members plus two ex officio, non-voting members. These members will be chosen from each of the four college departments and Cooperative Extension. The committee includes two undergraduate and 2 graduate students, 4 staff members, and 4 faculty members as noting members. The complete by-laws can be found here.

November 2020 - A college-wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Virtual Town Hall was held on November 19, 2020, during which CANR leadership spoke about DEI initiatives, the CANR DEI Committee shared a summary of results from a student survey about CANR climate and time for open discussion was provided for students, staff and faculty to share and ask questions.

January 2021 - Two members of UD's Cooperative Extension participated in a national "Coming Together for Racial Understanding Training." The program brings participants together to share and discuss with each other how our attitudes, behaviors, and existing social, organizational, and institutional structures impact our working and living environments in ways that do not promote justice, equity, and respect for all. 

Survey IconCANR Classroom and Workplace Climate Survey


CANR has partnered with the Office of Equity and Inclusion to conduct a college-wide assessment of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and engagement. In addtion to examining college documents, programs and processes, a crucial piece of this assessment is input from members of the college community collected through the classroom and workplace climate survey. 

It is important now more than ever that we identify ways in which we can effectuate real and lasting change. 

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Student SurveyCANR DEI Student Survey


One of the first steps to developing a strategic diversity, equity and inclusion action plan is to assess the current climate and culture within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Students also emphasized the need for more transparent follow-through on efforts to increase social justice awareness among members of the college community. There was a desire to hear DEI matters discussed more openly and consistently by their advisors and supervisors. In an effort to do this a brief student feedback survey tool was designed by the CANR DEI Committee because student input is critical to this process and to the outcomes.

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Members of the UD community are encouraged to report concerns through regular lines of communication such as unit management, Human Resources, the Internal Auditing and Compliance Office or other campus entities as appropriate. 


Click the gold UD Compliance Hotline button below to access an anonymous, confidential and independent resource, serviced by EthicsPoint, as for reporting suspected misconduct and other issues of concern in the workplace.

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Register for CANR DEI Town Hall

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is developing a college-wide action plan to enhance diversity, close achievement gaps, and create a welcoming physical and cultural environment. Student input is critical to this process.

We invite the entire CANR community — undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty — to attend a 90-minute virtual town hall. CANR administration and the DEI Committee will offer insight on action steps we have taken and plan to take, as well as address student concerns submitted through an anonymous student survey.

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