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DaVonti’ is the Graduate Associate working with the Strategic Initiatives and Urban Engagement unit.DaVonti' Haynes is a doctoral student in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership program in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Ohio State at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the College of Social Work. His research interest includes collegiate access for urban and Appalachian populations, successful transition mechanisms, retention, and programming for students from high school to college. DaVonti' has previously participated in 4-H through the Cuyahoga County Extension Office, and will be a new member of the Strategic Initiatives and Urban Engagement team at Ohio State University Extension.

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Join the Racial Equity in Food Systems Working Group Monday, September 16, 2019 from 3 - 4 p.m. EST, to learn about "Food Sovereignty and the Role of Extension." This webinar will provide an introduction to sovereignty, looking at how and why this principle is used in different First Nations communities. Following this introduction, two partners (one from the community and one from Extension) will describe how they have worked together on food sovereignty projects. They will describe how the partnership developed and key elements of a partnership that promotes food sovereignty. There will be time in the webinar for questions, comments, and suggestions of related resources. Presenters include: Janie Simms Hipp, Jennifer K. Gauthier, and Brian Kowalkowski. Follow this link to register. Sourced from: Michigan State University
The National League of Cities Community and Economic Development (CED) Committee Fall Policy Meeting was hosted in Gaithersburg, Maryland near Washington, DC. Gaithersburg is one of Maryland’s largest and fastest growing municipalities, and consistently ranks as one of the five most culturally diverse cities in the United States. The proximity of Gaithersburg to Washington, DC gave the committee an opportunity to advocate on CED issues. Committee members traveled to the headquarters building of the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and participated in a roundtable discussion with HUD Secretary Ben Carson, HUD Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research Seth Appleton, HUD Deputy Chief of Staff Alfonso Costa, and representatives from the HUD offices of Community Planning and Development, and Intergovernmental Relations. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: Cities Speak
Each of the five regions within NUEL has three Steering Committee positions. People in these positions serve as an action team chair, regional caucus chair, or executive committee member. Expectations of Steering Committee members are to serve a 2-year term, participate in bi-monthly Zoom meetings, attend in-person meetings (2 per year), and to fulfill their role as chair/executive committee member. Marie Ruemenapp has served on the NUEL Steering Committee representing the North Central Region and began serving as the NUEL Chair in 2019. Marie’s two-year term, however, ends at the end of this year. In Seattle, during NUEL's Caucus meeting, they decided to continue filling empty positions through an election process (with state director approval prior to self-nomination). If you are interested in becoming a NUEL Steering Committee member please forward a paragraph to Nicole Debose at and Carrie Edgar at Please include your name, photo, current title, relevant background, and reason for wanting to serve on the committee no later than Friday, September 20, 2019. Sourced from: NUEL
2019 College of Social Work Community Engagement & Action ConferenceSeparate from OSU Extension's work with Community Outreach and Engagement, Ohio State's College of Social Work invites you to join them for its Community Engagement and Action Conference themed “Welcome Here: Moving Toward Collective Impact, Diversity, and Inclusion for New Americans.” The conference will take place September 20, 2019 from  9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Fawcett Center, in Columbus. The cost is $30 per individual and includes five CEUs, breakfast, lunch, and parking. Scholarships are available to students and exhibitors. RSVP is requested before September 17. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), the Sustainability Institute (SI), University Libraries, and the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) are hosting Food Flash Talks on October 17, 2019, as a part of a series of events for World Food Day. In keeping with World Food Day's aim to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all, they are looking for speakers who are currently doing research or programming on the environmental, social, political, and/or economic components of food production, access, and distribution. Each flash talk presenter will have 7 minutes to provide a compelling overview of their work to an audience of students, fellow researchers and members of the general public. Open for students, staff, and faculty to submit a proposal until September 20. Follow this link to submit a proposal. Sourced from: CFAES
Air Quality is quickly becoming a global health crisis, especially in highly urbanized areas. Urban air pollution depends on many factors, ranging from meteorological conditions to geographic factors. The panel, moderated by Harvey Miller, PhD, Director, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, consists of experts in urban air quality who will share new insights. The panel discussion will take place Friday, September 6, 2019 from 12-1 p.m. on Ohio State campus - Thompson Library, Room 165. This event is free and open to the public, RSVP appreciated. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: CURA
The affordable housing crisis looks different in every American city. Demographics, natural resources, and infrastructure are just a few factors that influence community needs, and they vary from place to place. NLC’s most recent report,  Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing provides direction for how elected officials and community leaders can implement policy changes, building projects, and planning schemes that support citizens’ growing need for dignified places to live. Partners for local governments are architects, many of whom are already renovating and building new living spaces in their own cities. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Cities Speak
Rapid rise in the number of electric vehicles (EV) humming down the streets of Columbus is not an accident. The growth has been part of a deliberate four-year effort to accelerate next-generation mobility, not only for this city, but also for others like it. Ohio's capital region has set a goal of increasing EV adoption five-fold. In 2015, less than half of 1 percent of cars sold there qualified as EV. The aim now is to get that number to more than 2 percent by 2020, doing so through growing partnerships with the car dealership community, local electric providers, businesses, and others. This strategy, guided by Smart Columbus, has led to a 121 percent increase in EV registrations from the beginning of 2017 to end of 2018, according to Smart Columbus statistics. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Government Technology
Show your support by registering for the Cincinnati Buckeye Run. Proceeds from this race benefit Hamilton County 4-H and their efforts to provide positive youth development through community clubs, school based initiatives, after-school programs, and SPIN clubs. Date: Sunday, September 29, 2018 Location: Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum Check-in: 8-9 a.m. Runners Start: 9 a.m. Walkers Start: 9:15 a.m. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: Hamilton County Extension