News & Events

News & Events

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  1. Ohio’s Urban School Districts Outperforming Rural Ones

    Apr 24, 2019

    Even with higher rates of poverty in Ohio’s major cities, urban school districts are outperforming rural districts, a recent study by The Ohio State University shows.
    Follow this link to read more. 

  2. Grant Opportunity for Grow Ohio – Food Insecurity

    Apr 17, 2019

    As a result of a great discussion at the recent Master Gardeners Volunteer State Advisory Committee, they have decided to revamp their Grow Ohio program while still providing counties with an incentive to address the food insecurity issue.
    Follow this link to learn more. 

  3. Listen, Fail, Measure: The New Way to Make Great Cities

    Mar 6, 2019

    Research shows that vibrant public spaces are essential to social connection and economic mobility, cities that manage assets as a connected portfolio (rather than treating them as discrete spaces) can create a richer, more vibrant, more participatory public realm. Follow this link to learn more. 

  4. Adams Earns National Honor for EFNEP Work

    Feb 21, 2019

    Robin Adams has been named the 2019 National Excellence in The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Award winner. She is known for teaching EFNEP nutrition education classes in Mahoning County to limited resource families. Follow this link to learn more about Robin Adams.

  5. NUEL eXtension Fellow – Deadline March 1

    Feb 15, 2019

    The National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Group and eXtension are pleased to announce they are accepting applications for a NUEL Fellow to assist in the advancement of professional development focused on the unique nonsubject matter needs of Extension Professionals working in urban environments. The linked Role Description provides the details and application process.

  6. Cultivating an Inclusive Environment: Recognizing and Responding to Unconscious Bias Workshop

    Jan 9, 2019

    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. 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 learn more. 

  7. National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Steering Committee Meeting Report

    Dec 13, 2018

    The National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Steering Committee Meeting was held December 3-5, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Attendance included more than 30 participants representing 18 states and 22 universities. Read the report from Nicole Debose.

  8. Civic Innovation Challenge: Ideas Competition

    Dec 11, 2018

    MetroLab Network and Smart Cities Lab are designing a research and action competition in the smart and connected communities domain with support from the National Science Foundation. The first phase of the Civic Innovation Challenge is the Ideas Competition, which asks you - researchers, government employees, nonprofits, residents — to identify challenges and priorities in your cities and communities that can benefit from technical exploration, scientific discovery, and new approaches.

  9. New Ideas from the Alliance for the American Dream

    Nov 26, 2018

    Join The Ohio State Alliance for the American Dream’s finalist teams on December 3, 2018 as they present their innovative solutions to our fading middle class. Follow this link to learn more. 

  10. 2018 Biannual National Urban Extension Leaders Meeting

    Oct 24, 2018

    Join colleagues from across the country at the National Urban Extension Leaders biannual network meeting in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina December 3-5. Follow this link to learn more.