Developing diversity among student leaders is an important goal that we foster through student organizations and supplemental leadership activities.

Listen to our graduates talk about their career experiences and how ACES prepared them for success.


Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS)

MANRRS-Illinois is a chapter of the national society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences. They support endeavors that promote the agricultural sciences and related fields in a positive manner among ethnic minorities. MANRRS welcomes undergraduate and graduate students in all agricultural and related science programs. MANRRS provides mentors and networking opportunities on campus and with the business community. They also offer students opportunities to enhance leadership, public speaking skills, and professional developmental activities.

Contact: Diana Rodriguez, M.A.
Coordinator of Diversity Programs
University of Illinois, College of ACES   


Our Extension and academic programs allow us to serve local and statewide communities. These partnerships help us better understand the issues of under-resourced neighborhoods and work to promote equitable resources. Our engagement gives these neighborhoods a public voice where one does not always exist.

Programs with Illinois residents include:

  • Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
  • Save our Urban Land
  • Spanish Language Program
  • Teach for America
  • Community Gardens

In partnership with the University of Illinois Extension, the Office of Academic Programs's Diversity Office conducts several outreach efforts around the state:

  • Celebrate Youth Event at Shawnee College in Ullin, a two-day career awareness event in collaboration with Shawnee College and U of I Extension Unit 27.
  • Writing Competition on Agriculture and the Environment for seventh graders in Extension units located in Union, Johnson, Alexander, Pulaski, Massac, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair counties.
  • Collaboration with the Agribusiness Council in St. Louis, Mo.
  • Recruitment events in St. Clair and Madison Counties that involve visits to local high schools and sponsoring visits to explore ACES and other campus events.