Program Manager for Diversity and Graduate Student Recruitment at the Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Sandra Addo brings a new perspective at the Davis College. Addo received a bachelor’s degree from the Rawls College of Business and her master’s from the College of Media and Communications.
As an outsider looking in, who did not grow up with an agricultural background, Addo brings a unique perspective to the industry. While learning the importance of advocating for agriculture it then grew her love for the industry and the Davis College.
“I was approached by someone at the Davis College,” Addo said. “I was not interested; I did not know anything about the college, and I’m not from there, but I came over here, did an interview, and I fell in love instantly with the college.”
After touring the department following her interview, Addo said she felt at home because the college was her “speed.” This helped Addo realize what she wanted to do, and the new position offered her everything she was looking for.
“I’ve been at events where someone comes up to me and says they have never seen someone who looks like me represent agriculture and natural resources,” Addo said. “Being someone of color, who invites other students of color or other minoritized backgrounds, and letting them know they can be interested in this type of thing.”Sandra Addo, program manager for diversity and graduate student recruitment
“The moment I sat down at the front and was waiting to go back for my interview everyone stopped and said hi to me,” Addo said. “They said they were excited to have me there; it was overwhelming.”
Addo said, students are the main reason she comes to work because everything she does is for their success. This is one of the most rewarding parts of her job because she loves connecting with students and helping them achieve their goals for their future careers.
As program manager, Addo hosts graduate fairs and attends many events on behalf of the Davis College. This has allowed Addo to get to know students and represent the college. Being an African American woman, she brings a unique and valuable perspective to the college.
“I’ve been at events where someone comes up to me and says they have never seen someone who looks like me represent agriculture and natural resources,” Addo said. “Being someone of color, who invites other students of color or other minoritized backgrounds, and letting them know they can be interested in this type of thing.”
Addo has had discussions with the Texas Tech faculty about keeping conversations in the classroom knowledgeable for everyone, so they all can leave with the same competitive advantages. Having new students come to campus, brings more unique and diverse backgrounds to the classrooms. Addo believes as a university having conversations about diversity and cultures will ensure the college continues to challenge the student’s views.
“There is not a certain kind of person who needs to be interested in this industry,” Addo said.