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At January's Learning for Leaders meeting with participation by 31 leaders (1862, 1890 and 1994), from 21 states, Guam and American Samoa, participants learned the interdependent steps for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from Dr. Shannon Archibeque-Engle, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Assessment at Colorado State University. ECOP Chair Chris Watkins, Cornell University, hosts the series. Follow this link to watch the 1 hour and 13 minute recording.

The next Learning for Leaders session is on February 5, 3-4:30 p.m. about Improving Inclusivity in Our Institutions and ECOP. Contact Assistant Director Sandy Ruble for details on required registration.

The 2019 SNAP-Ed through the Land-Grant University System Report and Infographic are now available here. The report, just released in December, features the outcomes and impacts of LGU SNAP-Ed programs representing 42 institutions and 37 states.

In February, we will celebrate National African American (Black) History Month and the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent. The following facts are available thanks to the public’s invaluable participation in U.S. Census Bureau surveys. Follow this link for infographics and statistics you might want to share next month as we celebrate U.S. history.

Sourced from: US Census

Master Gardener Volunteers from across Ohio grew nearly 80,000 pounds of produce in 2020 statewide and donated it all to 101 food pantries in cities and towns across the state. The produce grown included fruits, vegetables, and herbs and was equivalent to 65,200 meals, according to Pam Bennett, state master gardener volunteer program director and horticulture educator with OSU Extension. Although Master Gardener Volunteers have grown and donated food through this program for 20 years, growers ramped up their production efforts to help deal with the growing issue of food insecurity issues faced by individuals and families in 2020 statewide, said Mike Hogan, an OSU Extension educator who facilitates the program in Franklin County. Follow this link to read more.

Sourced from CFAES News

The impulse to archive has been framed and understood in the literature as a modern desire to control fleeting reality. Libraries as such respond to this desire by collecting, storing, and circulating resources (books and other kinds of media). But more recently there has been an emphasis on the public character of library spaces in which people gather not only to obtain information and read by themselves but also to experience the very urban quality of proximity to others in more informal and less structured environments as public space. Follow this link to read more.

Sourced from: Urban Affairs Association

In the aftermath of an environmental, socio-economical, or sanitary crisis, we question our adaptability as individuals within a community. We thus thrive for community resilience as a means to mitigate future crises. With the population concentration happening in cities, such concerns are particularly legitimate for urban communities. “A city without resilient communities will be extremely vulnerable to disasters. Human communities are the social and institutional components of the city, directing its activities, responding to its needs, and learning from its experience” (Kim & Lim, 2016, p. 6). Follow this link to read the full article.

Sourced from: Urban Affairs Association 

In July 2020, NUEL, in partnership with the Coming Together for Racial Understanding (CTRU) team and Michigan State University hosted a Dialogue on Racism. The final report was shared with Extension directors and is available on the NUEL website. Following the Dialogue, a few members of NUEL continued to explore how to support state Extension leaders and all urban Extension in offering policies, programming, and professional development that enhances our active consideration of the everyday experiences of those belonging to marginalized groups. You are invited to participate in the first of many conversations to develop and implement an action-based DEI plan for NUEL. If you are a NUEL steering committee member, urban contact, or an urban Extension professional with interest and knowledge on DEI topics please complete the Doodle poll by Friday, January 8. (You do not have to be a member of NUEL to participate.) Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: NUEL 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced six additional locations for Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees focused exclusively on urban agriculture.

Organized under USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture, the new committees in Atlanta, Dallas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, Phoenix, and St. Louis join ones in Albuquerque, NM, Cleveland, OH, Philadelphia, PA, Portland, OR, and Richmond, VA. (announced earlier this year) and are part of a broader effort directed by the 2018 Farm Bill for USDA to enhance support for urban agriculture.

“County committees play a critical role in representing farmer priorities at the local level,” Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey said. “These six FSA county committees will provide input and priorities unique to the opportunities and challenges of farming in urban environments.” Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Morning Ag Clips