Thursday, April 28, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT.
NUEL began in 2013 as a grass-roots effort from a group of passionate and committed urban Extension educators with the mission to advocate and advance the strategic importance and long-term value of urban Extension activities by being relevant locally, responsive statewide, and recognized nationally.
NUEL is geared towards creating a network for collective impact currently with active participation from 23 states. NUEL is passionate and committed to moving urban Extension forward realizing each state in the Cooperative Extension System is different and may have diverse ideas, strategies of what urban represents, and how their goals are accomplished.
This webinar will cover the NUEL structure, goals, engagement benefits, and action team initiatives underway, strategies for involvement and networking opportunities. In essence, our goal is to share everything you ever wanted to know about NUEL and to encourage your involvement.
By engaging in the webinar you will have an opportunity to become a voice for urban Extension and offer perspective as this national effort continues to progress.
Register today for this important and timely webinar!
Metro Regional Administrator
Oregon State University Division of Outreach and Engagement
Marie A. Ruemenapp
WCMER Research Fellow & Extension Educator
Michigan State University Extension
Thursday Feb 25, 2016 12-1 pm PDT.
Taking a bold step toward active and deliberate engagement of the state’s urban regions, University of Florida’s Strategic Plan for Urban Extension Initiative is organized to use an adaptive management approach that promotes flexible, adjustable decision-making in the face of uncertainty as outcomes from the initiatives actions and other events become better understood. A snapshot of plan components, alternatives for action and our early steps in initiation will be discussed.
This webinar will discuss how a two year planning process resulted in the adoption of the plan and where IFAS is in the implementation phase.
Webinar PowerPoint: UF IFAS Webinar Slides (.pdf)
Urban Extension Strategic Plan: UF IFAS Urban Extension Plan (.pdf)
Final Briefing Document: UF IFAS Final Briefing Paper (.pdf)
District Extension Director (retired)
University of Florida – Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Dr. Vavrina is the product of three land-grant universities. In his academic career he served as a Vegetable Extension Specialist at both the University of Georgia and UF attaining the rank of professor in 2002. He transitioned to Extension administration that same year to oversee 11 counties as one of Florida’s five District Extension Directors. His predominately coastal district in SW FL includes the Tampa-St. Pete corridor and encompasses 5.2 million people. His passion for urban Extension began in the mid 90’s with the realization that FL’s burgeoning population would soon position it as one of the most populace states in the US (presently 3rd). He has championed the urban Extension movement in FL, the southeast though the Southern Region Program Leadership Network as the Middle Managers Urban Task Force Chair and nationally through the National Urban Extension Leaders where he sits on the Steering Committee. Dr. Vavrina recently retired but continues to champion urban Extension when and where he is asked.