The Office of Diversity is responsible for the development, administration, and support of diversity programs and initiatives for students, faculty, and staff throughout the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. We foster a commitment to assisting students through academic, professional, and personal growth. It is through these efforts that we strive to provide enrichment on the importance of diversity within our work, educational and social environments.

We hope to engage our Alumni in programs, events, and much more! If you are interested in being a presenter, host a workshop, speak at a professional development event, or host a vendor table for our signature pipeline program, Junior MANRRS, please consider speaking with one of our officers below to find out how to reach our new generation of Wildcats and future Wildcats in the making!

UK MANRRS Alumni Affiliate Network Officers

Tiffany Monroe, President                                             Sylvester Miller, Vice President                            Jericho Curry, Secretary & Treasurer

Tiffany Monroe, UK MANRRS Alumni Affiliate Network President

 tiffanycmonroe@gmail.com

Learn More About Alumni Giving Here:

College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Office of Philanthropy and Alumni

Program Offerings Include:

  • American Private Enterprise System Youth Program
  • CAFE Graduate Student Fellowship
  • Cooperative Extension Internship Program
  • Cultivating Inclusion Series
  • Extension Diversity Awards
  • Intercultural Awareness Day
  • Junior MANRRS Leadership Institute and Program
  • MANRRS Professional Society
  • Unconscious Bias and DEI Training for students, faculty & staff
  • Social Justice Trainings
  • Coming Together for Racial Understanding Training

We visit Middle and High Schools, Youth Programs, Youth Career Awareness Fairs, and University Career Fairs!

The Office of Diversity takes advantage of all opportunities to recruit a diverse audience of students, faculty and staff into the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, to include the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Please use the contact information below if you would like us to host a recruitment program at your school, participate in a university career fair or schedule a campus visit. We are happy to engage all future Wildcats, both students and professionals, as we share information on academic programs and professional opportunities available through the University of Kentucky. 

Places that we have visited include:

Chicago High School of Agriculture Sciences

Hopkinsville Middle School

Tates Creek Middle School

BMW Program

BMore Program

North Carolina A&T University

 cafediversity@lsv.uky.edu

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The late Percy R. Luney Sr., a native of Breckinridge County, was a war heropublic servant who conducted pioneering work analyzing highly classified information and a champion for civil rightsHe served for four years as part of the famed 92nd “Buffalo” Infantry Division in World War II and was awarded three Bronze Stars. In 1953, he completed a master’s degree in agricultural economics at UK, becoming the first African American to receive degree from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. He went on the do post-graduate studies at the University of Chicago before taking a post as an intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency 

Luney used high-altitude photography and satellite-based remote sensing to project agricultural production in the Soviet Union. He left the CIA after 11 years and moved to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, Natural Resource Economics DivisionIn 1969, he became deputy chief for the evaluation unit in the USDA Office of the Secretary of Agriculture for Civil RightsHe developed and evaluated various tools to measure the impact of USDA programs on minority participantsHe established base data to measure USDA programs’ progress toward equal access and opportunity. 

His work in support of civil rights at USDA continued as chief of the Program Planning and Evaluation Division in the Office of Equal Opportunity (1971-1978) and as chief of the Civil Rights Division in the Office of Equal Opportunity (1978-1982). He retired from USDA in January 1982 and moved from Washington, D.C. to Durham, North Carolina. Mr. Luney died in 2004. 

Watch the video as we honor the achievements of Mr. Percy R. Luney, Sr. 

https://fb.watch/bvBBp-wdsi/

Upcoming College & Campus Events

Please see below events happening across the University of Kentucky campus engaging in diversity, equity, and inclusion topics. 

Event fliers will be provided as more information becomes available.