The presentation explores contemporary and emerging issues for urban extension programming to consider in addition to discussing key strategies in developing strategic, collaborative and mutually beneficial partnerships in urban environments with best practice models and lessons learned as OSU’s urban extension work evolves in the Portland metro region.
Additionally, the webinar will explore community engagement in urban regions supported by the strong foundation in OSU Extension programming. As part of OSU’s urban extension efforts, partnerships are critical to strengthen the economic, environmental, and social well-being, of urban residents, and the overall diversity of needs and people represented in urban communities.
Through the delivery of research-based educational programming, OSU is able to meet the needs of the urban demographic by being nimble, flexible and resilient to their ever-changing needs. This focused opportunity for OSU strengthens community, stakeholder and decision maker relationships throughout Oregon.
Patrick Proden serves as the Oregon State University Outreach and Engagement Regional Administrator for the Metro region in Portland, Oregon. Prior to his Regional Administrator position, Patrick served as Country Director for the U.S. Peace Corps in Tanzania.
Patrick is currently involved in two civic engagement Kettering Foundation projects as a partner and Oregon State University representative in the ‘Rural Issues’ project and is leading the ‘Urban Communities-Urban Reimagined’ project as PI launched in October, 2016 in partnership with UW-Wisconsin. He serves as Chair to the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) and as an advisory board member for the Western Center for Metropolitan and Applied Research.
Throughout his career, Patrick has held several leadership positions as a Director of International Programs, Director of Operations, and Senior Program Officer, where he provided vision and leadership for high volume, high impact, community development programs both domestically and internationally.
Patrick is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in Anthropology and earned an M.A in Education from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland.
In his spare time, Patrick enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and enjoys outdoor pursuits such as mountain climbing and cycling.