Access and Engagement

Message from the Office of Access and Engagement


Welcome to the Access and Engagement unit of the College. Our goal is to serve as a catalyst for your academic, personal, and professional success via the promotion of access and engagement throughout all aspects of the College. We work to ensure that all stakeholders recognize the importance of diversity as we aim for academic excellence, character development, and innovation through the development and implementation of specialized programs, training opportunities, research endeavors, and student success initiatives. Our hope is that you will acquire vital cultural competencies to thrive in an ever-changing and increasingly diverse world. Below, you will find information on our access and engagement programming, student organizations, and resources. 

Office of Access and Engagement

Student Resources

Our Programs

We, the members of this society, pledge to support endeavors that will always foster and promote the agricultural sciences and related fields in a positive manner among ethnic minorities. We also pledge to initiate and participate in activities and programs that will ensure that ethnic minorities will also be involved in and associated with the agricultural sciences and related fields. We pledge to work for the inclusion, achievement, and advancement of all people in the agricultural sciences.

MANRRS is a national society that welcomes membership of people of all racial and ethnic group participation in agricultural and related science careers. MANRRS members are encouraged to be full participants in other professional societies for their basic disciplinary and career interests.

MANRRS provides networks to support professional development of minorities. It is a springboard for their entry into and advancement in careers where they otherwise could be lost in the sheer number and established connections of mainstream participants. For student members, MANRRS provides role models and networking opportunities.

MANRRS Herbert Executive Board

President: Adrianna Johnson


Please contact MANRRS President Adrianna Johnson for more information.

Sigma Alpha is a professional agricultural sorority that promotes scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship among its members. The sorority was founded in 1978 at the Ohio State University by five women who wanted an alternative to the social Greek sorority system. Since that time, Sigma Alpha has become a national organization consisting of more than 80 chapters, comprised of undergraduate and alumnae members. Today, more than 19,000 members have been initiated into Sigma Alpha Sorority. The University of Tennessee Chapter of Sigma Alpha was founded in 1990. The chapter focuses on the academic, personal, and professional success of women in agriculture through intentional programming, recreational activities, and career-related opportunities for growth, development, and future success.  

For more information regarding Sigma Alpha, please click HERE.  

The Herbert Life LLC provides students from all walks of life with opportunities to connect with classmates and explore the various programs of study within the college. You will participate in experiential learning workshops, programs, a teambuilding/first-year studies course, and field trips conducted by various faculty and staff members throughout the Herbert College of Agriculture for the purpose of learning how all majors/departments in the College are interconnected. You will also impact the Knoxville community by completing group-based service projects each semester. By living in the same residence hall and taking courses with your peers, you will quickly meet others who share the same academic or career interests, form study groups, and expand upon the educational component of your classes.

As a Herbert Life LLC student, you must be a first-year student with a Herbert College of Agriculture major. As a member of this community, you are required to enroll in AGNR 103: Teambuilding (during both the fall and spring semesters). Living & Learning Community participants are expected to attend class, participate in LLC programs and complete the required course assignments. Failure to enroll, attend, and participate in the year-long course will result in early dismissal from the LLC program. To learn more about the Herbert College Living & Learning Community, please click HERE

Learn more about Access and Engagement programming at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.