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. 

As prepared by the Diversity and Equity Commission and The President’s Diversity Initiative

"To this end, we take diversity to mean both the recognition and appreciation of the different backgrounds, values, and ideas of those who comprise our campus, as well as a commitment to ensuring that all people on our campus are treated according to principles of fairness, civility, dignity, and equity. We are committed to building an educational community that understands people from different backgrounds and economic circumstances, with different needs, and from diverse personal and philosophical beliefs. We want to make all people who are part of the University feel welcome and valued in campus life." 

Student programs

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.

The CANR Diversity Committee will be developing activities, training and programming aligned with the mission and values upheld by the University of Delaware. 


Student Staff Faculty Ex Officio
Aniya Brown (Undergraduate) Christy Mannering (Current Chair) Harsh Bais (PLSC) Dean Keeler
Jahnia Hodge (Undergraduate) Ernie Lopez Mark Parcells (ANFS) Noël Wolhar
Graduate student vacancy Vacant Kyle McCarthy (ENWE)  
Graduate student vacancy Vacant Tony Seraphin (APEC)  
Additional voting members include:  
Emily Salanon, HR  



Student Staff Faculty Ex Officio
Hope Mongare (Undergraduate) Christy Mannering (Chair) Erin Sparks (PLSC) Dean Keeler
Amelia Boerner (Undergraduate) Lauren Bradford Mark Parcells (ANFS) Noël Wolhar
Grace Savoy-Burke (Graduate) Aisha Hoggard Deb Delaney (ENWE)  
Liz Smith (Graduate) Ernie Lopez Tony Seraphin (APEC)  
Additional voting members include:  
Emily Salanon, HR   



Student Staff Faculty Ex Officio
Kenly Velasquez (Undergraduate) Christy Mannering (Chair) Erin Sparks (PLSC) Dean Keeler
George Biddle (Undergraduate) Lauren Bradford Mark Parcells (ANFS) Katy Daly
Grace Savoy-Burke (Graduate) Aisha Hoggard Deb Delaney (ENWE) Akilah Alleyne
Liz Smith (Graduate) Ernie Lopez Tony Seraphin (APEC)  
Additional voting members include:  
Kathryn Thoroughgood, HR   


Photo of a wooden sign says retreat


A day of discussion, presentations annd immersive activities for college leadership. There will be a focus on implementing the university and college strategic plans with an emphasis on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. Guest speakers with discuss UD and college DEI Initiatives and how to implement best practices and utilize available resources 

Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Office of Equity and Inclusion Trainings

Register for all classes below through ConnectingU with your CAS log-in.

  • ABCs of Diversity
  • Allying and Advocating for Others
  • Engaging in Courageous Social Justice Conversations
  • and more.

Academic Impressions

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 101: A 10-Day Foundational Program

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. 

May 2021 - Interfaith Leadership in Higher Education virtual presentation with discussion. Premise: Given the unique potential of higher education to lead the way in responding to the new religious and civic realities in America, an essential question emerges: to what extent is the collegiate experience preparing students to be successful leaders in our religiously diverse society?

August 2021 - Submitted an Equity, Justice, Diversity and Inclusion Framework in draft form to CANR Dean for review by the CANR Leadership Team.

September 2021 - a) Presented Equity, Justice, Diversity and Inclusion Framework to CANR Leadership Team, those in attendance voted unanimously to approve the measure. The next step will be to send the document out to the CANR community including students, staff and faculty. b) CANR DEI Committee attends the CANR Fall Fest to raise awareness and recruit students to the committee. c) The current DEI Committee Chair begins coordinating the second year of the CANR Dual Enrollment Program at Christiana High School. d) The committee receives a formal college budget.

November 2021 - a) The DEI committee is an event sponsor for a "Decolonizing US History" talk by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz a historian, writer, and professor emerita at California State University, and a longtime social justice activist. b) Equity, Justice, Diversity and Inclusion Framework was voted on by CANR faculty during an all faculty meeting and passed. It is now an official document to be linked within the CANR By-Laws. The framework can also be found here.

March 2022 - On March 24, Dr. Adam Foley from the Office of Institutional Equity presented a student workshop centering around intercultural communication hosted by the CANR DEI Committee. The goal is to equip individuals and groups with the tools necessary to hold difficult conversations that lead us to act to create more just campuses.

May 2022- On May 12, Guest speaker President Freeman Hrabowski of the University of Maryland Baltimore County visits to discuss intercultural competence and inclusive excellence. This type of competence is invaluable in an increasingly globalized world where we are more likely to interact with people from different cultures and countries who have been shaped by different values, beliefs and experiences. Throughout his career, President Freeman Hrabowski has exemplified the importance of intercultural competence in his work with students, parents, faculty, staff and the community.

University of Delaware Anti-Racism Initiative (UDARI)

In response to continuing occurrences of violence and systemic racism throughout the nation and the growing racial justice Black Lives Matter movement, and in order to address instances of racial prejudice and implicit bias on campus, University of Delaware faculty, staff and students have initiated a new grassroots UD Antiracism Initiative (UDARI).

If you are interested in joining the Antiracism Initiative, please complete the UDARI interest form.

Upcoming Events

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. 

Download Findings >>

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.

Download Findings >>

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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An interfaith discussion was held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST


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.

Now available for the UD Community:

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