CASNR students and faculty represent minorities in agriculture at leadership forum
Additionally, five undergraduate students attended the conference:
- Derek Correa, a freshman agricultural and applied economics major from Lyford, Texas
- Briana Rendon, a junior animal science major from McAllen, Texas
- Masi Mejia, a senior natural resource management major from Laredo, Texas
- Horacio "Trey" Garza, a sophomore animal science major from Edingburg, Texas
- Silvano "Dos" Pena, a sophomore animal science major from Hebbronville, Texas
Garcia served as the group’s sponsor and was a speaker at the forum where she gave a presentation entitled, "Proven Methods in Recruiting Hispanics into Agriculture."
Mejia was selected to serve on a discussion panel as well at the forum to represent
a student’s perspective.
According to conference organizers, the program for the forum was designed to connect
agriculture stakeholders with Latino/Hispanic representatives and assist in creating
relationships to better recruit students, employees and consumers. Attendees represented
14 states and three countries.
Since 2010, Garcia has assisted the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in
increasing diversity by aiding in the recruitment of first generation college students
"Getting the student to Texas Tech is only half the battle," Garcia said. “Keeping
them is the other half.”
To boost retention, she has voluntarily organized a mentor group for all minorities.
The group was organized to help minority students feel welcome and encourage networking
to form a support group for these students. The group currently boasts 18 student
members. Garcia also works as a mentor for the MentorTECH program, where she is paired
with three additional first generation students.
CONTACT: Lyda Garcia, Ph.D., Instructor, Recruiter and Researcher, Department of Animal
and Food Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech
University at (806)742-2805 or email@example.com.