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During this multi-day virtual Multicultural Self-Awareness Workshop, participants will explore ways in which to view interactions with people different from themselves. The emphasis is on differences rather than similarities. The workshop focuses on the individual and helps explore belief systems about multiculturalism to identify feelings and values from a multicultural perspective. This intensive learning experience focuses on increasing awareness of several areas of prejudice, discrimination and oppression, including racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism and ableism.  Participants are encouraged to reflect on how they've learned to think about human differences and on the widespread tendency to view differences within a monocultural view of "better than/less than" thinking. The event is taking place May 12, 13, 19, 20, 2021 from 1-4 p.m. EST. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Michigan State University 

In May 2020, Western Center for Metropolitan Extension & Research (WCMER) and National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) hosted listening sessions related to NIFA developing an Urban and Emerging Agriculture grant program. The Western Experiment Station and Extension Directors have formally created a development committee with a charge to establish a Western Urban, Indoor, and other Emerging Agricultural Production Research, Education and Extension Initiative to facilitate and promote multi-state research and extension projects. Anyone, including those outside the Western Region, interested in joining this effort (all aspects of the food system including production, marketing, distribution, access, equity, and resource recovery) are encouraged to do so. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: ECOP Monday Minute 

Thousands of people in the Miami Valley don’t know where their next meal is coming from, according to a report from the nonprofit group Feeding America. The report; called Map the Meal Gap, details food insecurity across the nation using U.S. Department of Agriculture data, including data from the Dayton area, which is reportedly worse off than the national average. According to the report, A household is considered food insecure, if there is not access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Dayton Daily News

This month, 32 Extension directors and administrators gathered on Zoom for Learning for Leaders - Urban Agriculture: Needs, Opportunities, and Actions. A panel of experts joined ECOP Chair Chris Watkins (Cornell University). Strategies were presented that support the sustainable development of commercial and community-focused urban agriculture. Follow this link to learn more
Follow this link to view the YouTube recording. 

Sourced from: ECOP Monday Minute 

Building upon 14 years of Ask An Expert, eXtension's new Ask Extension platform is now available for cooperative Extension at all land-grant universities regardless of membership. For every question an Extension expert answers through this platform, it reaches an additional 200+ people. Additionally, groups and experts that use Ask Extension can brand it any way they want. Other top features include a streamlined email system that allows simple replies, contact information for clientele now being available to experts, clientele login accounts for accessing question history, and greater control for groups and experts on who can access questions. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: eXtension 

Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County, a program of The Ohio State University College of Social Work, entered the AARP and World Health Organization international network of Age-Friendly Communities in 2016. This network defines a five-year process for communities across the globe to assess, plan, and implement needed improvements through the lens of older adults. Each community is given access to resources and guidance for how to complete the work, but is also given the flexibility to cater the process locally. December of 2020 marks the first round of improvements in Columbus and Franklin County-defined by five years of robust discovery and innovation with older adult residents and those who serve them. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Next City 

Join U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, The Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for a second event in the My Brother's Keeper Ohio (MBK Ohio) virtual leadership series. Josh Cribbs, the former Cleveland Browns wide receiver who was recently named to the Browns’ Legend Class of 2020, will also participate and provide opening remarks on the importance of mental health to overall success. The event takes place on Monday, Decemebr 14, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. EST. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: The Kirwan Institute For The Study Of Race And Ethnicity

An old East Coast port city building community trust and redefining its image. A rural Kentucky county opening new doors for families. A Bay Area city cultivating local leaders to drive long-term change.

These three places may look different—by geography, by demographics, by culture, by opportunities—but they all have something in common: residents who love their communities and want to make them better. In the past, though, their ideas weren’t always heard, or no one asked in the first place. Promise Neighborhoods in Camden, New Jersey; Perry County, Kentucky; and Hayward, California (as well as a dozen others across the United States) have been trying to change that. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Urban Institute 

Extension Directors and Administrators are invited to network and engage with expert panelists who will present multiple strategies that support the sustainable development of commercial and community-focused urban agriculture. Joining ECOP Chair Chris Watkins will be Anu Rangarajan, Director of the Cornell Small Farms Program, and Brad Gaolach, Washington State University Extension, Director of Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension (WCMER). The event is taking place Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. EST. Follow this link to learn more

Sourced from: ECOP

This meeting is a business meeting of the NUEL national steering committee that will be focused on moving the National Urban Extension Initiative Implementation Plan forward, planning for the National Urban Extension Virtual Summit (May 18-20, 2021) and the National Urban Extension Conference (May 2022) and working on kicking-off the national Urban Priority Program Teams. The business meeting is open to anyone interested NUEL's work, and will take place Thursday, December 12, 2020 from 12-4 p.m. EST. Follow this link to learn more.
Registration closes December 9, 2020. 

Sourced from: NUEL