By Nia Haynes, WEC PhD Candidate
The Natural Resources Diversity Initiative (NRDI) is a student run, faculty supported organization that works to introduce a diverse group of students from all disciplines to the natural resources field. We provide connections directly from students to agencies, faculty and other resources available on campus. We participate in recruitment and outreach events to help attract the next generation of diverse natural resource professionals. Our current projects include: leading “Science Fridays” at the YOPP afterschool program; assisting with the development of outdoor recreation projects with the Reichert House, a program for at-risk youth; and planning for the spring Natural Resource Career Showcase, a tabling event that creates networking opportunities for students to meet with conservation professionals. We welcome undergraduates and graduate students from all majors. If you’re interested in learning more about NRDI, natural resource careers, or how to get involved you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The next NRDI meeting will be held on Friday, February 13th at 1pm in Newins-Ziegler Hall room 376. Join us!