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As city leaders across the country develop strategies to prepare residents for changing job trends, here is one strategy you might not have considered: early childhood education. While young children may seem a far cry from our workforce, there are several reasons why any city leader preparing for the future of work in their communities should be thinking about early childhood. To move toward the vision of the early care and education professions as jobs of the future, for the last two years the National League of Cities has provided in-depth technical assistance to a cohort of cities to help local leaders increase recognition of the importance of the early childhood workforce in their communities and implement programs and policies to better support and prepare that workforce. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Cities Speak.
Former Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, founder of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership and distinguished fellow with the Center for Universal Education (CUE), and CUE Fellow Christina Kwauk discuss the current state of gender equality in leadership roles, the pipeline from quality education for girls to increased opportunities for women in leadership, and expanding the evidence on what works to challenge gender stereotypes. Follow this link to listen to the podcast. Sourced from: Brookings
The National Land-Grant Diversity Conference is hosted by five land-grant universities from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. It is designed for public and private university administrators, faculty, and staff; research and academic programs; K-12 educators; community leaders; health and social services professionals; employers and supervisors; human resource staff; elected officials; and all others with diversity interests. The goal of this diversity conference is to learn more about yourself and others, to network, and to link resources to integrate diversity into programs, policies, and practices for creating community well-being. The conference is being held February 7-8, 2019 in Hebron, Kentucky. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: The College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment
As the effects of widening inequality play out at the neighborhood level across our country, unexpected cross-sector collaborations are uniting arts and culture with the work of community development. In Washington, D.C., an ongoing affordable housing crisis, coupled with longstanding racial inequities in employment and income, have resulted in dramatic demographic changes in many neighborhoods that were previously dis-invested in, and were predominantly black. Such inequitable change has reinforced both the need, and the shared value, of aligning arts and culture with community development to address the physical and cultural displacement pressures many residents face. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Shelterforce
What did city leaders want to learn about most this year? The numbers don’t lie: autonomous vehicles, recycling, small cell deployment, the census, and local trends. At the National League of Cities, they are dedicated to ensuring that cities are able to thrive and stay abreast of emerging issues in an ever-changing national landscape. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Cities Speak
For as long as cities have existed, their overall attractiveness and effectiveness have largely been determined by one measure: population growth. But as our nation has moved past the rapid growth phase of its development, that’s increasingly become ineffective. A better way to evaluate cities is by measuring their ability to attract wealth. That’s what really improves their capacity to address fiscal issues. By applying such a measure, it appears that cities are finally closing the affluence gap between themselves and their suburbs. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Governing
This interactive workshop will explore how identities, beliefs, and backgrounds shape our perceptions of other people in ways that can unconsciously widen the diversity gap and negatively influence the people with whom we interact. Participants will learn how to identify and empathetically respond to unconscious, or implicit, bias in order to foster a more inclusive environment for everyone. Prior to the workshop, participants are asked to take a few online tests developed by Harvard University to detect unconscious biases and preferences. The workshop is being offered January 11, 2019 from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio and January 25, 2019 from 1:30-4 p.m. in Wooster, Ohio. Follow this link to register. Follow this link to take an unconscious biases analysis. Sourced from: The College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences  
OSU Extension has received one of nine Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grants are meant to address the needs of rural Americans through individual and family health education programs delivered through Cooperative Extension. For FY18, the awards are focusing on the prevention and reduction of opioid misuse and abuse in rural areas. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences