Friday, August 11

The Southern University Institute for One Health One Medicine launches Mentoring Program

Mentees get an up close and personal overview of the Animal Science program at the SU Agricultural Land-Grant Campus
Baton Rouge, La. (August 11, 2017) – Two seniors from Zachary High were invited to participate in Southern University’s Institute for One Health, One Medicine for exposure to the agricultural sciences in the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences. The first mentoring program participants were engaged in experiential learning activities on August 3. The students, Ja’Mecia Profit and Amin Washignton, were required to complete a senior project entitled “Windows to the World.” This program will allow the mentees to engage in daily activities through job shadowing and hands-on experiences, while learning leadership skills by working with faculty and staff in the college. This ongoing project throughout their senior year will give the mentees a glimpse of various careers in agriculture with emphasis on animal science.

Both Ja’Mecia and Amin have chosen Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine as their future career option. They will continue to be exposed to poultry, rabbits, canine, swine and equine, among other types of learning opportunities that will be provided to youth through the institute. We look forward to having Ja’Mecia and Amin in our Beginning Agricultural Youth Opportunities Unlimited (BAYOU) Program next summer, and as incoming freshman next Fall Semester.

Renita W. Marshall, DVM & Professor of Animal Science at the SU Land-Grant Campus, serves as the Interim Director of Southern Institute for One Health, One Medicine, and can be reached by calling (225) 771-0252 or emailing

The BAYOU Program provides an opportunity for high school students to gain first-hand knowledge about career opportunities in Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences and related disciplines at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, La.


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