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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Cultivating Change for LGBTQ+ Students Interested in Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

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Come join a community of Ohio State LGBTQ+ students and their allies who are interested in food, agricultural, and/or environmental sciences. The Ohio State University chapter of Cultivating Change aims to provide a safe, inclusive network for students to learn, grow, and explore. The connection with the national foundation provides a pipeline to jobs within agriculture. Student leaders have the opportunity to attend the annual national summit, a 3-day conference that focuses on providing resources and networking opportunities with other LGBTQ+ agriculturists across the U.S. Students who participate in Cultivating Change at Ohio State have access to a wealth of resources and contacts at important agencies such as the USDA.

For more information reach out to advisor Dr. Leo Taylor in the CFAES Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

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Upcoming Cultivating Change Meetings

All meetings take place 6-7:30pm on the Ag Campus.

To receive building and room information please join the mailling list or contact

A Zoom link can be provided for remote attendance.

Spring 2024

February 12
March 4
March 25
April 15

The Cultivating Change Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization was launched at the start of 2016. The Foundation’s mission is to value and elevate LGBTQ agriculturists through advocacy, education, and community. The Foundation will continue to develop new programs and educational materials to ensure our conversations reach a broad audience and promote positive change for LGBTQ+ individuals in agriculture.

Cultivating Change aims to provide a safe space for all people to express themselves. To that end, we have and hold ourselves to a high-level and broad diversity policy, built around respect for individuals regardless of where they are on life’s journey. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, color, ethnicity, citizenship, cultural background, socioeconomic status, age, disability, religion, or veteran status. Furthermore, Cultivating Change also prohibits any harassment that detracts from the learning experience or threatens an individual in any form.

Notice of Nondiscrimination 

The Ohio State University is committed to building and maintaining a diverse community to reflect human diversity and to improve opportunities for all. The university is committed to equal opportunity, affirmative action, and eliminating discrimination and harassment. This commitment is both a moral imperative consistent with an intellectual community that celebrates individual differences and diversity, as well as a matter of law. Ohio State does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law, in its activities, academic programs, admission, and employment.