Alpha Zeta Partners (AZP) is a professional, honorary fraternity for men and women in the College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). After induction into AZP, first-year members complete a year-long program with goals around leadership development, developing individual leadership capacity for leading change in organizations and society.
This year-long program consists of four separate seminars. AZP members complete an initial seminar on Leadership and a second seminar on Diversity and Inclusion. Many consider the heart of the program is the third seminar: a six-week education abroad experience in Brazil. Students spend almost half their spring semester in an immersion learning experience that is a collaboration between CFAES and the University of Sao Paulo's Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ) in the state of Sao Paulo. The in-country programming includes coursework on Brazil, food and agriculture industry visits, service-learning, and a home stay with a Brazilian family. Through study, observation, and first-hand experience, students explore aspects of the history, culture, economy, agriculture, environment, and sustainability in Brazil. After returning to the U.S., students complete a final seminar in Washington D.C. to learn about organizational leadership and public policy.
After the year-long program, members of AZP stay involved with the organization through meetings, social events, service opportunities, and seeking ways that we can continue to further our leadership and diversity in order to serve the community around us and prepare ourselves for future careers in the professional world.