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Feature Article: Perspectives on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Profession

Donald Hirasuna(a), Dawn Thilmany(b), Andrew Muhammad(c), Deacue Fields(d), and Spiro Stefanou(e)
(a)Minnesota Department of Commerce, (b)Colorado State University, cUniversity of Tennessee, (d)University of Arkansas, (e)USDA Economic Research Service

JEL Codes: A10, A11, A12, A13, A2, A20, A23, J7, M5, O10, Q00, Q10, R00
Keywords: Agricultural and Applied Economics, diversity, equity, inclusion

Publish Date: April 11, 2023
Volume 5, Issue 2

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In this paper, we present perspectives on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) from leaders in the Agricultural and Applied Economics profession. The leaders address how to enhance DEI by identifying goals, barriers, and strategies. DEI programs are already underway, and with the changing student demographics to an increasing proportion of minority students, leaders in Agricultural and Applied Economics departments and employing organizations may want to further position themselves to continue to have an impact. Moreover, creating a successful DEI environment for students may also require improvements in the hiring and retention of diverse talent in academic departments and government institutions. Professional associations like the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) may assist in helping students transition from their academic programs to successful careers, particularly if in collaboration with hiring institutions.

About the Author: Donald Hirasuna is an analyst with the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Dawn Thilmany is a Professor and Co-Director of the Regional Economic Development Institute at Colorado State University. Andrew Muhammad is Professor and Blasingame Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Policy at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Deacue Fields is Dean of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, University of Arkansas. Spiro Stefanou is Administrator of the Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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