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Local urban agriculture policies have gained momentum since the turn of the XXIth century. However, it is difficult to get the bigger picture of where we stand after 20 years of policy development. For this reason, researchers from Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future reviewed past and current urban agriculture policies in 40 of the most populated U.S. cities. For this review, they examined regulations as well as plans, guidance, programmes, and policy recommendations. They show that urban agriculture policies have greatly developed but that there are still many opportunities for them to explore new themes, open up to new stakeholders, and be more accessible to citizens. Follow this link to learn more.

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The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity starts up their Spring 2022 Virtual Forum Series on February 3. The 75-minute webinars are held every other Thursday through April 28. The first session on February 3 is titled "No Struggle, No Progress: Social Justice Organizing in the 21st Century." All forums are virtual and will be recorded. To RSVP, click here.

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Have you discovered data.census.gov's fresh new navigational improvements? The enhanced navigation, released in December 2021, makes the Census Bureau's main data access platform more versatile, and easier to use than ever before. In this webinar, they will cover the new filter panel navigation, new table customization view, and a walkthrough of the live site, where the presenter will show various examples on how to find the data you need.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 1-2 p.m. ET

Link for the webinar

WebEx Event Number (if needed): 2762 459 8848
WebEx Event Password (if needed): Census2022!
* The password is only for users who join from a WebEx application or mobile app.

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities has released its 2021 Annual Report. The past year has been filled with both exceptional challenges as well as unique opportunities for the public university community. Through its robust government affairs and advocacy work, programmatic activities, and an unprecedented number of virtual convenings, APLU worked with universities to drive equitable student success; foster research and innovation to meet societal needs, and deepen community, economic, and international engagement to benefit all. Follow this link to download the report.

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The annual ServeOhio Awards recognize outstanding people, groups and initiatives in each region of the state who make great contributions to their communities through service and volunteerism. A cash award of $1,000 is issued to support the organization that benefited from the winner’s service. ServeOhio is accepting nominations for the 2022 ServeOhio Awards until January 28, 2022. Learn more.

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Federal grant programs often fund status-quo approaches and organizations, leaving out low-income, rural, and BIPOC residents. Learn how local stewards are leveraging the uniquely flexible and engagement-oriented structure of the American Rescue Plan to bring innovative, collaborative solutions to communities across the country. Follow this link to learn more.

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UBUNTU is the social philosophy that Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu used to unite post-apartheid South Africa.
It says ... I am only because you are. Read more about UBUNTU from Karl Bradley, Leadership Development Specialist at the Extension Foundation.

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The American Exchange Project is a student rural-urban exchange program which aims to bridge America’s cultural divide. The program, founded in 2019, hit a rough patch when the pandemic slowed plans and delayed its pilot year to summer 2021, but it’s now expanding its range of participating communities, developing a network of rural and urban cities and counties from which teenagers can learn how the “other side” lives, and eventually erode the idea of “sides.” Follow this link for more information.

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To highlight the value Land-grant Universities bring to SNAP-Ed, the SNAP-Ed LGU Program Development Team has created a one-page infographic to share with key stakeholders. The infographic found at the bottom of the website snap-ed.extension.org emphasizes the LGU structure and system, local connection, added value, experience, and key program outcomes. Questions about the infographic can be directed to the SNAP-Ed LGU Program Development Team Assistant, Lauren Sweeney.

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In the hands of community members, data can be a tool to advance local priorities by illuminating racial inequities, building consensus among stakeholders, and advocating for shifts in policies and resources. But making this vision a reality requires philanthropy, action coalitions, government agencies, and research organizations to center equity—as both an outcome and a process—in data use. Follow this link to learn more.

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