Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Events

CAFES organizes events throughout the year focused on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. These events are designed to bring together people from across the college, campus and community to celebrate diversity and inclusion, learn from each other, and engage in meaningful dialogue.

Aspire to Grow 2023

Cultivating Tomorrow’s Leaders: Diversity and Innovation in Food and Agriculture 

Wednesday, February 22, 2023
3:30 – 5 p.m. panel discussion 
5 – 6 p.m. networking social 
Location: JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture 


There are more than 21 million jobs associated with food, agriculture and natural resources in the U.S., and related industries contribute nearly a trillion dollars to the nation’s GDP. The Aspire to Grow Conference aims to inform and empower students from across campus about the many and varied career opportunities in these industries. It will also create a forum for students to learn from and network with companies for which diversity and inclusion are an essential part of their visions, and that have recognized that workplace diversity increases productivity, innovation, and other factors that provide a competitive edge.

2023 Conference

The fifth-annual Aspire to Grow Conference explores innovation in the food, agriculture and natural resource sectors. 

Student Committee Chairs

Jillian Gipson, plant sciences major 
Daniela Ramos, agricultural communication major 


Kimberly Brown

Vice President, Company Resources // Wonderful Orchards

Kimberly Brown is the vice president of company resources at Wonderful Orchards. Her previous roles in the company included senior director of water resources and water resources manager.

Boris Coto Calvo

Head of Field Solutions // Bayer Crop Science North America

Boris Coto Calvo is the head of field solutions for Bayer Crop Science North America. Previous roles included director of product development in the company’s Latin America region and director of agronomic development and regulatory affairs in Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean. He previously worked at FMC Corporation, Syngenta and Laboratorios Químicos Industriales S.A. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Universidad de Costa Rica UCR.





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