Summit on Extension in Ohio's Urban Communities

Strengthen Ohio
by Strengthening Cities and Urban-Rural Connections

Held January 29, 2020 in Columbus

This event followed the OSU Sesquicentennial Think Beyond Summit, Urban Universities, Thriving Communities on January 28, 2020.


  • To better understand and address the real-life context of Extension work in urban communities (scale, diversity, complexity, urban-rural interface).
  • To strategically align with the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Framework and Integrate with university, college, and other converging interests.
  • To collaboratively focus on OSU Extension's strategies to be relevant locally, responsive statewide, recognized nationally.
  • To create a Plan of Work with an understanding of the weight of the past, push of the present, and pull of the future.
  • To strengthen Ohio by strengthening cities and urban-rural connections.




9:00 a.m.             Registration and Refreshments     

9:30-10 a.m.          Welcome and Introductions - Jackie Wilkins

10-10:30 a.m.    Urban Extension, Aligning and Integrating with Converging Interests

10:30-11:15 a.m. Possible Future - Whitney Gherman & Nicole Debose
(World Cafe Roundtables: Weight of the Past, Push of the Present, Pull of the Future, from Equitable Futures Toolkit)

    • Positioning (Awareness and Accessibility) OSU Extension locations and presence. How we market and communicate.
    • Programs (Relevance and Impacts) The people we reach/don't reach. Our programs, products, and events.
    • Personnel (Capacity and Alignment) How we attract, hire, develop, and retain talent for long-term and short-term priorities.
    • Partnerships (Connections and Resources) Types and degrees of partnerships, funding, and other resources leveraged.

    11:15 - 11:45 OSU Extension in Ohio's Most Populated Counties (Case Study Research Summary and Discussion - DaVonti' Haynes & Amy Michaels)

    11:45 a.m.            Preparing for Afternoon

    12-2 p.m.             Planned Future: Working Group Roundtable Luncheon - Priority Identification, moving from current to desired state

    What do we need and how do we know we're making progress?

    • Positioning
    • Programs
    • Personnel
    • Partnerships

    2-2:15 p.m.         Break      

    2:15-3:00 p.m.   Innovative and Practical Next Steps: Working Group Reports on Positioning, Programs, Personnel, Partnerships

    3:00-3:30   Final Reflections & Closing Remarks

    • Impact: Relevant Locally, Responsive Statewide, Recognized Nationally
    • Integration and Alignment: OSU Extension Counties/Areas/State, CFAES/OSU, National Networks
    • Context: Scale, Diversity, Complexity of Ohio's urban-suburban-rural interface
    • Other (NUEL Award, Regional Caucus, Action Teams) - Nicole Debose
    • Personal Commitments

    Handout Packet


    Pre-Summit Video Overview

    OSU Extension in the City - Addressing Ohio's Urban Influence and Urban-Suburban-Rural Interdependencies
    (7 minute video by Dr. Julie Fox)   PowerPoint

    image of Urban Influence PPT slide