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Minority-Serving Higher Education Institutions

In partnership with 1890 historically black land-grant colleges and universities, 1994 tribal land-grant colleges and universities, and Hispanic-serving institutions, the Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement works to establish opportunities that ensure equitable participation in USDA programs, services, and resources for rural, tribal, and historically underserved students and the communities they serve.

Additionally, these partnerships support capacity building initiatives that bolster education and career opportunities for students and faculty and help develop a strong pipeline of talent for USDA.

These efforts ensure USDA meets its legal and statutory obligations while fostering hope and supporting wealth creation and asset building.

USDA Liaisons

USDA Liaisons serve as a key USDA representative in communities across America. USDA Liaisons advise and assist communities, students, faculty, universities and colleges, farmers, ranchers, foresters, and others on USDA programs and initiatives. USDA liaisons develop and maintain partnerships with key USDA stakeholders in order to enhance greater outreach between USDA stakeholders and USDA agencies, mission areas, and staff offices.

Find your local USDA Liaison (PDF, 627 KB) 

Centers of Community Prosperity

The Centers of Community Prosperity convene state, federal and tribal partners, land-grant universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges, historically black colleges and universities, national development organizations, nonprofit organizations, faith leaders, veterans, and other strategic partners, to focus on the White House Rural Prosperity Taskforce recommendations, as well as the executive orders regarding the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, as well as the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council.