About the Summit

Careers in wildfire range from firefighters to researchers. Although the employment and career opportunities are diverse, the specialists in this field are not. Hosted by the Southern University Agricultural and Research Center and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Diversity and Wildfire Summit will introduce students in 1890 land grant universities to lucrative career options while promoting diversity within the field of wildland fires.

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

LAND-GRANT CAMPUS

During this two-day event, students will have the opportunity to network with other students and learn about the various options available to them in agriculture and wildfire.

Wednesday, April 19 Opening Session 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Attendees will be introduced to wildfire and urban forestry and an open house to meet representatives from various government agencies and network with students with similar interests. College of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Science Banquet 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

SUMMIT SPEAKERS

Marc A. Thomas Director-Field Operations Garrett Edgerson Southern University Marching Band Communications DeQuincy J. Gordon USDA Forest Service-Fire Management Specialist Sylvia Staples USDA /Forest Service-Regional Recruiter Darryl Lawson Alabama A&M University Fire Dawgs Coordinator Beattra Wilson USDA Forest Service-National Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager Demetria Elosiebo USDA Forest Service-Aviation Management Specialist Rusti Liner Certified GIS Specialist Mary Sword USDA Forest Service-Research Plant Physiologist Kamran Abdollahi, PhD Professor and Project Director Southern University Land-Grant Campsus
Thursday, April 20 Diversity in Wildfire Summit 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Students will learn about the profession and pertinent topics related to wildfire and agriculture from top professionals in the field, including the following: Real estate and Urban Planning Conservation Careers and Opportunities Effects of Fire on Personal Properties Drones Budget and planning Effects of Fire on Natural Resources GIS Mapping
Alabama A&M University Alcorn State University Central State University Delaware State University Florida A&M University Fort Valley State University Kentucky State University Langston University Lincoln University North Carolina A&T State University Prairie View A&M University South Carolina State University Southern University A&M College Tennessee State University Tuskegee University University of Arkansas Pine Bluff University of Maryland Eastern Shore Virginia State University West Virginia State University
1890 Land Grant Universities

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 About the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center The Land-grant Campus of the Southern University and A&M College System embraces a mission consistent with the University’s tripartite mission of teaching, research, and extension/public service. Our land-grant role is to educate, train and mentor a cadre of highly skilled students and professionals to prepare them for a highly technological and globalized workforce. To effectively serve the agricultural and food science industry, we conduct basic and applied research and disseminate information statewide. This allows us to better serve the citizens of Louisiana in a manner that is useful in addressing their scientific, technological, social, economic and cultural needs and enhance their overall quality of life.
Wednesday, April 19 Opening Session 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Attendees will be introduced to wildfire and urban forestry and an open house to meet representatives from various government agencies and network with students with similar interests. College of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Science Banquet 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 20 Diversity in Wildfire Summit 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Students will learn about the profession and pertinent topics related to wildfire and agriculture from top professionals in the field, including the following: Real estate and Urban Planning Conservation Careers and Opportunities Effects of Fire on Personal Properties Drones Budget and planning Effects of Fire on Natural Resources GIS Mapping
Marc A. Thomas Director-Field Operations Garrett Edgerson Southern University Marching Band Communications DeQuincy J. Gordon USDA Forest Service-Fire Management Specialist Sylvia Staples USDA /Forest Service-Regional Recruiter Darryl Lawson Alabama A&M University Fire Dawgs Coordinator Beattra Wilson USDA Forest Service-National Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager Demetria Elosiebo USDA Forest Service-Aviation Management Specialist Rusti Liner Certified GIS Specialist Mary Sword USDA Forest Service-Research Plant Physiologist Kamran Abdollahi, PhD Professor and Project Director Southern University Land-Grant Campsus
1890 Land Grant Universities
Alabama A&M University Alcorn State University Central State University Delaware State University Florida A&M University Fort Valley State University Kentucky State University Langston University Lincoln University North Carolina A&T State University Prairie View A&M University South Carolina State University Southern University A&M College Tennessee State University Tuskegee University University of Arkansas Pine Bluff University of Maryland Eastern Shore Virginia State University West Virginia State University
 About the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center The Land-grant Campus of the Southern University and A&M College System embraces a mission consistent with the University’s tripartite mission of teaching, research, and extension/public service. Our land-grant role is to educate, train and mentor a cadre of highly skilled students and professionals to prepare them for a highly technological and globalized workforce. To effectively serve the agricultural and food science industry, we conduct basic and applied research and disseminate information statewide. This allows us to better serve the citizens of Louisiana in a manner that is useful in addressing their scientific, technological, social, economic and cultural needs and enhance their overall quality of life.
Wednesday, April 19 Opening Session 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Attendees will be introduced to wildfire and urban forestry and an open house to meet representatives from various government agencies and network with students with similar interests. College of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Science Banquet 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, April 20 Diversity in Wildfire Summit 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Students will learn about the profession and pertinent topics related to wildfire and agriculture from top professionals in the field, including the following: Real estate and Urban Planning Conservation Careers and Opportunities Effects of Fire on Personal Properties Drones Budget and planning Effects of Fire on Natural Resources GIS Mapping
Marc A. Thomas Director-Field Operations Garrett Edgerson Southern University Marching Band Communications DeQuincy J. Gordon USDA Forest Service-Fire Management Specialist Sylvia Staples USDA /Forest Service-Regional Recruiter Darryl Lawson Alabama A&M University Fire Dawgs Coordinator Beattra Wilson USDA Forest Service-National Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager Demetria Elosiebo USDA Forest Service-Aviation Management Specialist Rusti Liner Certified GIS Specialist Mary Sword USDA Forest Service-Research Plant Physiologist Kamran Abdollahi, PhD Professor and Project Director Southern University Land-Grant Campsus
1890 Land Grant Universities
Alabama A&M University Alcorn State University Central State University Delaware State University Florida A&M University Fort Valley State University Kentucky State University Langston University Lincoln University North Carolina A&T State University Prairie View A&M University South Carolina State University Southern University A&M College Tennessee State University Tuskegee University University of Arkansas Pine Bluff University of Maryland Eastern Shore Virginia State University West Virginia State University
 About the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center The Land-grant Campus of the Southern University and A&M College System embraces a mission consistent with the University’s tripartite mission of teaching, research, and extension/public service. Our land-grant role is to educate, train and mentor a cadre of highly skilled students and professionals to prepare them for a highly technological and globalized workforce. To effectively serve the agricultural and food science industry, we conduct basic and applied research and disseminate information statewide. This allows us to better serve the citizens of Louisiana in a manner that is useful in addressing their scientific, technological, social, economic and cultural needs and enhance their overall quality of life.
Wednesday, April 19 Opening Session 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Attendees will be introduced to wildfire and urban forestry and an open house to meet representatives from various government agencies and network with students with similar interests. College of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Science Banquet 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 20 Diversity in Wildfire Summit 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Students will learn about the profession and pertinent topics related to wildfire and agriculture from top professionals in the field, including the following: Real estate and Urban Planning Conservation Careers and Opportunities Effects of Fire on Personal Properties Drones Budget and planning Effects of Fire on Natural Resources GIS Mapping
Beattra Wilson USDA Forest Service-National Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager Demetria Elosiebo USDA Forest Service-Aviation Management Specialist Rusti Liner Certified GIS Specialist Mary Sword USDA Forest Service-Research Plant Physiologist Kamran Abdollahi, PhD Professor and Project Director Southern University Land-Grant Campsus Marc A. Thomas Director-Field Operations Garrett Edgerson Southern University Marching Band Communications DeQuincy J. Gordon USDA Forest Service-Fire Management Specialist Sylvia Staples USDA /Forest Service-Regional Recruiter Darryl Lawson Alabama A&M University Fire Dawgs Coordinator
Alabama A&M University Alcorn State University Central State University Delaware State University Florida A&M University Fort Valley State University Kentucky State University Langston University Lincoln University North Carolina A&T State University Prairie View A&M University South Carolina State University Southern University A&M College Tennessee State University Tuskegee University University of Arkansas Pine Bluff University of Maryland Eastern Shore Virginia State University West Virginia State University
1890 Land Grant Universities
 About the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center The Land-grant Campus of the Southern University and A&M College System embraces a mission consistent with the University’s tripartite mission of teaching, research, and extension/public service. Our land-grant role is to educate, train and mentor a cadre of highly skilled students and professionals to prepare them for a highly technological and globalized workforce. To effectively serve the agricultural and food science industry, we conduct basic and applied research and disseminate information statewide. This allows us to better serve the citizens of Louisiana in a manner that is useful in addressing their scientific, technological, social, economic and cultural needs and enhance their overall quality of life.
Wednesday, April 19 Opening Session 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Attendees will be introduced to wildfire and urban forestry and an open house to meet representatives from various government agencies and network with students with similar interests. College of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Science Banquet 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, April 20 Diversity in Wildfire Summit 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Students will learn about the profession and pertinent topics related to wildfire and agriculture from top professionals in the field, including the following: Real estate and Urban Planning Conservation Careers and Opportunities Effects of Fire on Personal Properties Drones Budget and planning Effects of Fire on Natural Resources GIS Mapping
Marc A. Thomas Director-Field Operations Garrett Edgerson Southern University Marching Band Communications DeQuincy J. Gordon USDA Forest Service-Fire Management Specialist Sylvia Staples USDA /Forest Service-Regional Recruiter Darryl Lawson Alabama A&M University Fire Dawgs Coordinator Beattra Wilson USDA Forest Service-National Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager Demetria Elosiebo USDA Forest Service-Aviation Management Specialist Rusti Liner Certified GIS Specialist Mary Sword USDA Forest Service-Research Plant Physiologist Kamran Abdollahi, PhD Professor and Project Director Southern University Land-Grant Campsus
Alabama A&M University Alcorn State University Central State University Delaware State University Florida A&M University Fort Valley State University Kentucky State University Langston University Lincoln University North Carolina A&T State University Prairie View A&M University South Carolina State University Southern University A&M College Tennessee State University Tuskegee University University of Arkansas Pine Bluff University of Maryland Eastern Shore Virginia State University West Virginia State University
1890 Land Grant Universities
 About the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center The Land-grant Campus of the Southern University and A&M College System embraces a mission consistent with the University’s tripartite mission of teaching, research, and extension/public service. Our land-grant role is to educate, train and mentor a cadre of highly skilled students and professionals to prepare them for a highly technological and globalized workforce. To effectively serve the agricultural and food science industry, we conduct basic and applied research and disseminate information statewide. This allows us to better serve the citizens of Louisiana in a manner that is useful in addressing their scientific, technological, social, economic and cultural needs and enhance their overall quality of life.
Wednesday, April 19 Opening Session 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Attendees will be introduced to wildfire and urban forestry and an open house to meet representatives from various government agencies and network with students with similar interests. College of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Science Banquet 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 20 Diversity in Wildfire Summit 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Students will learn about the profession and pertinent topics related to wildfire and agriculture from top professionals in the field, including the following: Real estate and Urban Planning Conservation Careers and Opportunities Effects of Fire on Personal Properties Drones Budget and planning Effects of Fire on Natural Resources GIS Mapping
Marc A. Thomas Fort Valley State University Extension Director Garrett Edgerson Southern University Marching Band Communications DeQuincy J. Gordon USDA Forest Service-Fire Management Specialist Sylvia Staples USDA /Forest Service-Regional Recruiter Darryl Lawson Alabama A&M University Fire Dawgs Coordinator Beattra Wilson USDA Forest Service-National Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager Demetria Elosiebo USDA Forest Service-Aviation Management Specialist Rusti Liner Certified GIS Specialist Mary Sword USDA Forest Service-Research Plant Physiologist Kamran Abdollahi, PhD Professor and Project Director Southern University Land-Grant Campsus
1890 Land Grant Universities
Alabama A&M University Alcorn State University Central State University Delaware State University Florida A&M University Fort Valley State University Kentucky State University Langston University Lincoln University North Carolina A&T State University Prairie View A&M University South Carolina State University Southern University A&M College Tennessee State University Tuskegee University University of Arkansas Pine Bluff University of Maryland Eastern Shore Virginia State University West Virginia State University
 About the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center The Land-grant Campus of the Southern University and A&M College System embraces a mission consistent with the University’s tripartite mission of teaching, research, and extension/public service. Our land-grant role is to educate, train and mentor a cadre of highly skilled students and professionals to prepare them for a highly technological and globalized workforce. To effectively serve the agricultural and food science industry, we conduct basic and applied research and disseminate information statewide. This allows us to better serve the citizens of Louisiana in a manner that is useful in addressing their scientific, technological, social, economic and cultural needs and enhance their overall quality of life.