- Author: Jairo Diaz
There are several Hispanics/Latinx working at the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources – UC ANR that provide services to communities statewide. As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month between September 15 and October 15, the UC ANR highlighted the contributions and careers of four Hispanic/Latinx members. One of the members profiled this year is our Center Director, Jairo Diaz. Jairo joined ANR Desert Research and Extension Center in October 2015 after working for over 8 years in the two Land Grant Universities in Mississippi (Mississippi State University and Alcorn State University). Here you can find the videos of each ANR Hispanic members profiled this year:
En la Universidad de California División de Agricultura y Recursos Naturales (UC ANR por sus siglas en Ingles) tiene personal Hispano/Latino que proveen servicios a las comunidades en California. Cada año entre Septiembre 15 y Octubre 15 se celebra el mes de la Herencia Hispania, este año la UC ANR resalto las contribuciones y carreras de cuatro de sus profesionales Hispanos(as)/Latinos(as). Uno de esos empleados es nuestro Director de Centro, Jairo Diaz. Jairo ha estado trabajando con nosotros desde Octubre del 2015 después de haber trabajado por mas de 8 años en dos universidades estatales del estado de Misisipi: Mississippi State University y Alcorn State University. Acá pueden ver el video de Jairo Diaz: https://youtu.be/H07jU7hSs-s
- Author: Mariana Gonzalez Castro
On April 1st, I started my internship with the University of California Desert Research and Extension Center (UC DREC) and the Farm Smart program. When I began this internship, my only experience was working with high school and college students. I wanted to gain experience working with elementary students and creating lesson plans for K-12 schools. When I was notified that the 4-H program's annual Sustainable You summer camp wanted to collaborate with Farm Smart, I immediately offered to help and work with the 4-H program and its youth. I worked closely with faculty from the 4-H program, UC Cooperative Extension Office, and high school students in preparing for the camp's events. My role in this camp was to guide high school students in becoming camp counselors, preparing their lessons, and providing any supplies that they might need for the event.
The camp was divided into five topics, one topic per day. The topics were water, food, land, energy, and air. Each day highlighted the basic concept as well as major environmental issues, shown through group activities