Leaders Enhancing Agriculture, Diversity, Inclusion and Trust, Collective

**APPLICATION LINK: https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bfiZEe5fb1Ajf6Z


A professional group photo of the LEAD IT Collective members. Mission

Through professional development and mentorship, the CALS, LEAD IT Collective is committed to building strong leaders and community partners who not only acknowledge the values of diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion, but also recognize the importance of developing intercultural competency through active engagement with academics, multicultural programs, and social justice initiatives.

The CALS, LEAD IT Collective members serve as liaisons to student organizations, academic departments, and assist in the development and implementation of specific projects.  Team members provide an invaluable link to the student body as representatives of the CALS Dean’s Office. The program provides avenues for selected students to facilitate discussions, provide peer diversity training, host diversity related programming, and represent the CALS Dean's Office at outreach events.


  • Student must be in "Good Standing" at Iowa State University with a 2.5 grade point average and above.
  • Commitment to learning more about the dimensions of diversity and inclusion; particularly race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, class, gender; and working to build a diverse campus community.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Willingness to be a leader, eager to take risks and to try new things.
  • Open to meeting and engaging with new people.
  • Must have at least 3 semesters remaining

Time Commitment

  • Ambassador for the full academic year
  • Two retreats scheduled for: January and August (exact dates to be determined).
  • Bi-weekly 90-minute group meetings
  • Attendance at National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE); NCORE 2019 will be in Portland, OR, on May 28 - June 1, 2019.
  • Developing and executing diversity trainings and programs to address topics around diversity, inclusion, and intercultural competence throughout the year.


Applications will open on Thursday, November 1, and close on Friday, November 23.  In order for your application to be considered, it must be completed by received by November 23.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by December 6. 

All students majoring in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are welcomed to apply.

Application link: https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bfiZEe5fb1Ajf6Z

Meet The Members

Name: Nicole Trice
Classification: Sophomore
Major: Biology (AGLS)
Dear CALS: The reason I chose the words "justice" and "equality" was because that's the first thing I think of when I think of equal rights and diversity. Everyone in the world should have equal rights and justice no matter their skin color, gender, sexuality, etc. I will fight for equal opportunities for everyone, no matter what. No one should be given less opportunities than someone else just because of society's "standards" or because someone is "different."

Name: Eboni Adderley
Classification: Junior
Major: Animal Science
Dear CALS: I chose this statement because it was created during a time when a single country became strong and unified. I believe that globally we need to adopt this mantra now more than ever. 

Name: Amali Stephens
Classification: Sophomore
Major: Biology (AGLS)
Dear CALS: Where you come from and how you tell that story is tied up in your identity. At times, that validity is challenged, your identity is challenged. In some way or another, it doesn't line up with what people think. They don't expect you've achieved so much or done all you have done despite the details. That doubt they have for your story doesn't matter. Tell your story because your facts make you who you are and valuable for it. 

Name: Paulina Padrón 
Classification: Junior
Major: Animal Science
Dear CALS: Perseverance is needed to succeed and keep moving forward as a minority in our college. 

Name: Taylor Hintch
Classification: Junior
Major: Global Resource Systems
Minor: Sustainability, Horticulture 
Dear CALS: I feel like a lot of people have this idea that they can hide behind their silence about issues. In contrast to that, I have always thought that taking action and speaking out about problems facing both myself and others was essential in moving forward toward a more inclusive and just generally caring society. In other words, being silent in an oppressive system is taking the side of the oppressor and it is absolutely counterproductive for myself and anyone else to be on that side. 

Name: Erica Parker 
Classification: Sophomore
Major: Animal Science
Dear CALS: For years, women have been underestimated on their abilities and have been compared to men. It is an ongoing battle of proving how strong women can be. Women have made many different accomplishments showing they are just as important as men. Women are strong leaders, fight in the military, excel in the sciences, and so much more. This proves that women are powerful. 

Name: Valeria Cano Camacho
Classification: Junior
Majors: Agronomy, Global Resource Systems
Dear CALS: I have always felt I wasn't adequate to speak about these issues, and when I first started speaking about it, my voice would shake so much. Then I saw this quote, and it was really empowering and comforting. 

Name: Megan Kemp
Classification: Junior
Majors: Agronomy, Global Resource Systems
Minor: Spanish
Dear CALS: The respect and celebration of diversity and inclusion cannot happen with tolerance. Tolerance is like saying "I guess I can live with having people of color in my classes, at my job, and on my campus." That's not enough. As a community, we need to work toward the mentality of saying "It's okay that there are people of color in classes, at my job, and on my campus because they belong here just like I do." We need to do better together.