Inclusive Engagement Introductory Guide

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This Urban Extension Inclusive Engagement Introductory Guide provides easy access to resources to resources to improve awareness ofEngagement logo urban Extension context for all university Extension personnel, colleagues, volunteers, advocates, and partners.

Diversity in our larger cities requires us to continually improve our cultural competency and inclusive engagement. Everyone brings their own experiences and expectations to this important topic. To make the most of this Just-in-Time Learning module, engage in self-study and dialogue with other learners. As you evaluate and improve your engagement with communities, consider what you know about the people who live, work, play, learn, and worship in your city. 

Participants learn to improve:

  • Awareness of value of many voices. Cultural competency involves lifelong personal development.
  • Knowledge of various definitions and meanings of diversity, inclusion, cultural awareness and more.
  • Ability to engage in authentic experience and create equitable engagement environments in your organization and in your community.


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Urban Engagement

Being a part of the city is a privilege for faculty and staff working with Land Grant and other metropolitan and urban serving universities. Metropolitan communities are filled with unique opportunities for teaching, research, outreach, and communications.

Extension in the City engages multiple people who share the commitment to the quality of life in urban communities, including urban Extension personnel, urban university colleagues, volunteers, advocates, and partners.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

eXtension eFieldbook on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, curated by Shatomi Edward-Luster, University of Missouri, Impact Collaborative Fellow
Diversity and Inclusive Engagement Strategic Plan 2014-18 USDA
Are You an Inclusive Leader?
Implicit Bias Module Series - Kirwin Institute
Implicit Attitude Test
Racial Bias 5-minute video
Project Implicit
Inclusion Starts with I video
Navigating Differences
SEED - Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity
Intercultural Development Research
Racial Equity Tools
The Social Justice Training Institute
Diversity Standards: Cultural Competency for Academic Libraries (2012)
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
NPR Code Switch, Race and Identity Remixed
Creating Inclusive Extension Spaces and Programming
Creating Inclusive Youth Programs for LGBTQ+ Communities (JHSE Article)
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal
DiversityInc. (video)
Facing the Challenges of Diversity (video)
Dismantling Racism - lots of materials and resources on this page
Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Organization
Equity and Urban Planning - Build Institutional Capacity and Culture  
Unnatural Causes, is inequality making us sick? Documentary Series, including Place Matters
National Equity Atlas
Creating a Diverse and Equitable Workplace (Stanford, 2018)
Tool for Institutional Assessment of Equity and Inclusion
3 Ways to Improve Your Cultural Fluency
Diversity Wheel

Civil Dialogue & Civic Engagement

eXtension - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - eXtension Civil Dialogue
Equitable and Inclusive Civic Engagement
The Institute for Civil Dialogue
Civil Dialogue on Race Relationships
The Educated Citizen and Public Health - Association of American Colleges & Universities
Developing Materials for Deliberative Forums
National Issues Forums
The Kettering Foundation initiated an Urban Communities Re-imagined Project (video)
Interaction Institute for Social Change

civil rights

Civil Rights Online Training, eXtension
Theory and Practice of Multicultural Organization Development, from the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science
Example of State Extension Resources - Nebraska
Example of Policy
Example of Statement
Civil Rights Review
Collection of articles from eXtension
USDA NIFA Policy Statements
The Principles of Equitable Civic Engagement 

Cultural Competency

Intercultural Competence - Intercultural Development Inventory
Cultural and Linguistic Competence Checklist
Multicultural Education (Worldcat)
National Center for Cultural Competence


Engagement Scholarship Consortium
Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification
National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NADCEP)
Community Development Society
Association for Community Organization and Social Administration ACOSA and the Journal of Community Practice
Cultivating Change Foundation
Transformative Guide - Kirwin Institute
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Equity & Inclusion
The Cyberhood
Urban Affairs Association (UAA)


A Social Identity Theory of Leadership
Understanding Peace and Conflict Through Social Identity Theory
Intercultural competence through cultural self-study: A strategy for adult learners
Deconstructing Dominance: Toward a Reconceptualization of the Relationship Between Collective and Individual Identities, Globalization, and Learning at Work
Navigating Difference: Development and Implementation of a Successful Cultural Competency Training for Extension and Outreach Professionals (more on Navigating Differences)
Training across cultures: What intercultural trainers bring to diversity training
Understanding White Privilege - Kendall 2002
From White Racist to White Anti-Racist: the lifelong journey - by Tema Okun

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    This guide is frequently updated based on the perspective of people committed to engagement in urban communities. If you have a suggestion, please share it with Michelle Gaston.