ODEI First Tuesday: Featuring Cinnamon Butler from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
December 1, 2020 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Contact: Ayodele Daré
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion invites the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources community to attend the ODEI First Tuesday Event.
The December event features Cinnamon Butler, division director with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
These monthly discussions are open to all though are geared toward graduate student concerns.
First Tuesday events are an opportunity to hear from diverse scholars and professionals from the agriculture and natural resources industry, government and higher education disciplines speak about their own career and life paths, as well as their research, work or opportunities in a variety of fields.
Register to receive the online participation details. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Background on Cinnamon Butler
Cinnamon Butler is division director with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D.C. As the youngest division director within this agency, she supervises the Program Adjudication Division in making final civil rights discrimination determinations for the USDA.
In this position, Butler also works with community-based organizations on issues involving minority land retention, heir property preservation, economic development and access to USDA programs for small, limited resource, and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.
Butler was raised on a 400-acre family farm in western Kentucky. She obtained a bachelor's degree in animal science from the University of Kentucky in 2002 and doctorate in law from the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law in 2007. During her academic pursuits, Butler won a national public speaking contest with the Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) and fellowship from the American Association of University Women to pursue her career in agriculture law, a field traditionally dominated by men.
Butler's prior work experience has included Perdue Farms Inc., the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s legal counsel office and the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.
Recent awards and recognition include a feature in Black Enterprise magazine entitled “Bountiful Careers in Agriculture,” Louis D. Brandeis Young Alumna Award, D.C. Bar Leadership Academy recipient, National Bar Association’s 40 Under 40 Award, and Selected Fellow for the Presidential Management Council. As a Selected Fellow, Butler was identified as high performing talent within the USDA and received executive core qualification training in the White House Office of Management and Budget. In her community associations, she serves as a volunteer attorney with the D.C. Probate Resource Center and Legal Counsel for the Elderly.
The CANR Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion offers First Tuesdays events as an opportunity for MSU graduate students, faculty, visiting scholars, guest speakers and peers to interact outside of the classroom. Guest speakers include diverse scholars and professionals from the agriculture and natural resources industry, government and higher education disciplines.