Where Are They Now: Kashara Bell, CAHS Graduate
October 8, 2018 – Everyone’s journey to agriculture isn’t always the same. For Kashara Bell, a chance opportunity in graduate school led to a new experience and an exhilarating career in agriculture. During her time as Prairie View A&M University undergrad, Kashara majored in Criminal Justice and would go on to receive a Masters in Juvenile Justice. As a graduate student, she took on a grad assistant role for the Cooperative Extension Program in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences (CAHS), and that’s where she fell in love with the impact this program made in communities. After graduating, she continued her work with the program and tied her degrees in criminal justice with her newfound passion for bringing agriculture engagement to communities.
Kashara currently serves as the Family and Community Health Agent in Wharton County. In this role, she helps the community engage in more agricultural experiences and become more aware of food options. According to Kashara her top takeaway from her experience with CAHS was to be open and ready to expand your knowledge in new ways. “I learned that when you stop learning and taking on challenging tasks, you stop evolving. Once you stop evolving, you stop growing. Once you stop growing, you get left behind!”
Before becoming involved with CEP, Kashara didn’t know much about the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, but she quickly learned about the broad realm of agriculture. She said the experience has greatly changed her life and she’s thrilled to have PVAMU as the school that changed her life. “I bleed purple and gold! Prairie View A&M University has been an absolute blessing to my life. My job, family, and growth all came from God and this land-grant institution! I’m so proud to be a panther!”