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

Come join a community of Ohio State LGBTQ+ students and 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.

For more information please reach out to one of the following student leaders:

President: Cat Rockey (Plant Pathology)

Vice-President: Sanaa Miller (Animal Sciences)

Treasurer: Oliver Watson (SENR) 

Coordinating Chair: Emma Holzaepfel (SENR)

Social Chair: Martha Haney (SENR)

You may also reach out to advisor Dr. Leo Taylor in the CFAES Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

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Upcoming Cultivating Change Meetings


Meetings have ended for the 2022-23 academic year. Meetings will resume in the fall. Stay tuned for dates and times.


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.