College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Spanglish by Elena

28 Jan 2020 12:58 PM

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When I first started in my major in Global Resource Systems here at Iowa State, I was tasked with fulfilling language credits for my major, and it provided me a unique opportunity.

See, when I was in high school, I had taken American Sign Language and fully committed myself to become as conversational in the language as I could. While Spanish was offered, I was afraid to join a class in a city where 63% of the population is Latinx, and I would be the only Latinx student in the classes.

In My Words     Latinx, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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How to Make Your Own Compost by B

03 Dec 2019 12:42 PM

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  1. Start with an appropriate container. Location determines what type of container is most appropriate for you.
    1. My passions lie with regenerative agriculture and the stories of people of color. I find joy and strength when I listen to others tell their story and when I work outside under the sun with the land. Due to my passions, I study within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. I am originally from Latin America and have made my home in Iowa, specifically in a vibrant area of Des Moines.

In My Words     Latinx, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Four Things Black Womxn Can Relate to on Campus by Joi

29 Oct 2018 11:27 AM

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It has been 4 years since I decided to leave my predominantly black neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri and come to Iowa State’s campus. It was a huge adjustment, but I’ve come to realize that a lot of other black womxn have had similar experiences on campus. Here’s a list of a few things that I think other black womxn will relate to:  

In My Words     College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Black/African American, Classroom

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President’s Leadership Class 2015-2016: The First Transition of a Puerto Rican to ISU & How it Helped Her Grow as a Leader by Laura

28 Nov 2017 9:53 AM

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I would have never imagined that a graduating senior from a Puerto Rican public high school would be in the President’s Leadership Class with the previous President of Iowa State University, Dr. Steven Leath, and his wife, Mrs. Janet Leath. I still remember receiving the acceptance email and the immense joy that it brought to me since I was 1 of 30 students selected from a pool of around 6,000 applicants.

Leadership Callout     Latinx, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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To Be The Change You Want To See by Phaedra

26 Oct 2017 11:58 AM

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Photo of PhaedraMove-in day freshman year was arguably the biggest change I had ever faced in my life. It didn’t matter that I hadn’t left my hometown or that my parents worked on campus. My life was drastically changed anyway. I went from having my own room to sharing a small space, from having three siblings to having three roommates, and from knowing what I was doing to being clueless again. Change is scary, but I’m going to share with you how I have learned to accept change and even promote it.

In the first few semesters of college, I was often encouraged by faculty and staff to be a change agent. Being a change agent seemed like a less than desirable position to me. I associated being a change agent with being assertive and challenging the status quo.

In My Words     College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Honors, Department of Residence

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Staff Interview: Carleen Silva

16 Oct 2017 11:07 AM


I am happy to present to you all Carleen Silva, MSA's newest George Washington Carver intern. Carleen Silva is a Senior from San Antonio,Texas studying Animal Ecology. Read below to learn a more about her! Who knows, you might find a few things in common. 

What do you love most about ISU?

The trees! especially in fall; it is a pretty sight to see. 

Staff/Faculty Interview     GWC, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cynthia

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Meet Elizabeth Martinez-Podolsky

17 Sep 2017 11:17 AM


Let me introduce you all to Elizabeth Martinez-Podolsky! Elizabeth works as a Multicultural Liaison Officer for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Elizabeth is from South Texas-Rio Grande Valley but currently lives in Ames Iowa with her life partner Joey and her children. Students can come fine her as 0020 Curtis Hall.  

Staff/Faculty Interview     College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cynthia