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You are invited to attend the National Urban Extension Leaders Virtual National Urban Extension Summit, which is being held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 and Thursday, May 20, 2021. Participation is free and open to all interested Extension professionals. Register here.
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For several decades, Extension leaders have studied how personnel working in high population density, or urban, areas can be most effective (Brown, 1965; Fox, 2017; Harriman & Daugherty, 1992; Krofta & Panshin, 1989; Miller, 1973; Schaefer, Huegel, & Mazzotti, 1992; Yep, 1981; Young & Vavrina, 2014). While there are similarities to Extension staffing and workforce development in all geographic areas, personnel serving the Extension mission in urban areas face unique challenges due to the context of urban communities:
Scale – Due to the sheer number of people living in urban communities, the ratio of Extension personnel to residents and key stakeholders is usually far greater in urban areas than in rural areas. This challenges the reach and effectiveness of Extension’s long-established engagement strategies which have relied heavily on direct education. Reaching large numbers of people requires new approaches to program planning, delivery, and evaluation. Follow this link to read the Leading Edge Dialogue White Paper.
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What is diversity and why is it important? What is the difference between equality and equity? What does it mean to be inclusive? How do all of these things fit together to achieve justice? This 60-minute session will explore these questions and provide an introduction to diversity, equity, and inclusion so attendees can better understand and engage in current social justice movements. The webinar is being held Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 1-2 p.m. ET. Follow this link to learn more.
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Join the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 4 p.m. EST for a special webinar in celebration of Black History Month featuring three Black leaders in public higher education. During this event, the featured speakers will discuss their own personal journey, reflect on the history and progress public universities have made toward better serving Black students, and explore the challenges and opportunities for public universities as they work to do more to expand access, ensure the success of Black students and faculty, and foster inclusive campuses. Follow this link to learn more.
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For Aaren Topley, B.C.’s front-line workers inspire him to continue learning, researching, and working with all things food. “Whether that’s a teacher doing a school garden or a meal program, or someone providing community meal programs to people that are living on the streets,” he said. “Those people really inspire me day today. I get to connect with them.”
Topley has worked in food system development for eight years and is now the provincial manager of Can You Dig It at the Public Health Association of BC. For the past four years, he has worked with Farm to School BC, which brings fresh and sustainable produce to schools across the province. Follow this link to learn more.
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The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Learning & Sharing Virtual Series is a CUMU members-only program focused on critical dialogue with practical takeaways that create action. This virtual series brings together CUMU administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community partners over the course of three months to learn from one another and share challenges and successes on a set of discrete issue areas. This virtual series is offered at no-cost to CUMU members (The Ohio State University is a member) and their partners. Follow this link to learn more.
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The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan universities Learning & Sharing Virtual Series is a CUMU members-only program focused on critical dialogue with practical takeaways that create action. This virtual series brings together CUMU administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community partners over the course of three months to learn from one another and share challenges and successes on a set of discrete issue areas. This virtual series is offered at no-cost to CUMU members and their partners. Follow this link to learn more.
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While there are similarities to Extension staffing and workforce development in all geographic areas, personnel serving the Extension mission in urban areas face unique challenges due to the context of urban communities:
- Urban Rural Interface
So how do we collectively address the unique workforce challenges within urban Extension? Read through a summary of robust dialogue shared among Extension and Human Resource professionals at NUEC'19, along with a published resource to help you take your Urban Extension workforce development strategies to the next level. Check out this white paper - the latest in the series compiled from the Leading Edge Dialogues. Dr. Julie Fox was the lead author with other contibutors authors from around the country.
The Leading Edge Dialogues (LED’s) were 90-minute interactive workshops held during the 2019 National Urban Extension Conference which explored critical issues facing our cities and our universities. Each LED consisted of a multi-sector panel presentation followed by a facilitated group discussion with all attendees. These papers capture both the presentations and the innovative discussion that followed for one of the LED’s. Check out the series here.
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Natural disasters cause significant damage each year to our urban forests, and years of local investment in planting and caring for community trees can be suddenly wiped away. We know that urban forest and community resilience can be improved by using best practices in planning, response and recovery. The questions we seek to answer through this special webinar event are: how can we rapidly assess storm damage and what are the lessons learned in mobilizing an effective response and long-term recovery effort? Dr. Steve Norman of the USDA Forest Service will share the newest publicly available remote sensing tools available to predict and assess forest damage. Will Liner of the Florida Forest Service will share how they effectively assessed damage using Urban Forest Strike Teams in Florida and Alabama last year after Hurricane Sally. Alex Sherman, city forester with Springfield, Massachusetts will share lessons learned in long-term recovery from a 2011 tornado.
This webinar is Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 1-2:15 p.m. ET
You can connect to the webinar at this link.
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Peri-urban farmland is under constant pressure from urbanisation. And it is disappearing at worrying rates. What would it take to protect it? And what can we learn from countries that have tried to do so?
In a review article published in Land, researchers from the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment look more closely at success and failure factors for farmland protection policies in developed countries. Follow this link for the full article.
Sourced from Urban Food Futures