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The 2019 National Urban Extension Conference

The National Urban Extension Leaders are proud to present the 2019 National Urban Extension conference, hosted by Washington State University Extension – located in the heart of Downtown Seattle, Washington.

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Urban Communities Re-imagined – Kettering Foundation Project

Thursday, September 22, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT.

Description

Framing issues for public work requires authentic and inclusive participation from many representative voices. A multi-region, multi-state project – launching in October 2016 and funded by the Kettering Foundation  – is exploring how the framing process itself can increase citizen participation in the deliberative process among under-represented groups, and help build critical relationships to address social justice issues facing many of our urban communities.

The webinar will explore the role Cooperative Extension has historically played in convening community conversations as a change agent. The presenters, project PI Patrick Proden and Co-PI Angela Allen, will then share their vision of a creative and inclusive framing process, and a deliberative dialogue component, leading to the creation of an urban issues guide which can be utilized in communities across the country to encourage personal and societal transformation. The project seeks to interweave the traditional strengths of the liberal arts, the values of civic inquiry and reflection, and the practical work of sustaining and supporting our communities and ourselves.

Recording

Slides

Presentation Slides (.pdf)

Presenter Info

Patrick Proden

Patrick Proden

Metro Regional Administrator
Kettering Project PI
Oregon State University Division of Outreach and Engagement
Public Services Building
155 N. First Avenue, Ste. #200 MS-48
Hillsboro, OR 97124-3072

503-821-1113, Email Patrick, Patrick’s Website

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.

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.

 
Angela Allen

Angela Allen Ph.D.

CNRED Educator/Faculty
Kettering Project Co-PI
University of Wisconsin- Extension
9501 W Watertown Plank Rd
Wauwatosa WI 53226

414-256-4630, Email Angela, Angela’s Website

Dr. Angela Allen leads the Milwaukee County UW-Extension Community, Natural Resources & Economic Development (CNRED) Program where she is also an educator and a faculty member.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Allen is locally and nationally known for developing educational programs which have earned her both the 2016 Wisconsin Extension Environmental and the Community Development Association Outstanding Early Career Award. Education has been central to Angela’s community development work, where she emphasizes local engagement and capacity building, as well as community-institutional partnerships. Her CNRED Educator role utilizes her 20 years of experience, and provides the right environment to support transformative community change.

Dr. Allen worked in community revitalization & engagement consulting work from 2010 to 2013 in Detroit, where she was named as the first district commissioner to the Detroit City Planning Commission. Her efforts helped her community after win a $500,000 ArtPlace America grant in 2014 – the neighborhoods first major grant award in over 25 years.

Dr. Allen is currently developing new programs that integrate strategic planning, collective impact, network weaving, public deliberation, digital storytelling and complex adaptive systems change.

Leadership in the City

Thursday, September 19, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT.

Description

The ability of Extension professionals to serve as leaders in the city is essential for linking the Extension mission with the unique aspects of metropolitan communities. This webinar provides an introduction to Leadership in the City, a competency-based curriculum designed to develop Extension professionals’ competencies in entrepreneurial leadership, entrepreneurial networking, and entrepreneurial innovation. Areas of focus include understanding the city leadership context for Land-Grant University/Extension professionals; developing a strategic partnership network and relationship management system; and advancing innovation and management focused on essential city leadership priorities.

 

Recording

 

Slides

Leadership In the City – Slides (.pdf)

 

Presenter Info

Julie Fox, OSUJulie M. Fox, Ph.D.
Associate Chair, Department of Extension, Ohio State University

Email Julie       Julie’s Website

As an Associate Professor with the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Julie serves as the OSU Extension in the City Program Leader, Central Region Extension Director, and Associate Chair for the Department of Extension.  Working with OSU since 1998, she holds a Ph.D. in Human and Community Resource Development and a MBA in Global Management.  Her background includes working in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Prior to working with OSU, she served as the executive director for an international trade association and a marketing manager for a worldwide nonprofit organization.

Reaching Urban Veterans through Urban Horticulture

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT.

Description

Logo: RUTGERS V.E.T.S.

Rutgers Veterans Environmental Technology and Solutions (RVETS) provides a structured learning environment to introduce unemployed or underemployed US military veterans to urban agriculture, aquaponics and organic land care as career options. RVETS also encourages veterans to become business owners in their community through entrepreneurship training in collaboration with the Rutgers-Newark School of Business.

RVETS provides over 1000 hours of training to 10-15 veterans over the course of 6 months along with an hourly stipend. Trainees work in county parks, community gardens and greening projects, and school gardens. Food from the gardens and greenhouses tended by RVETS is donated to a local soup kitchen.

Learn about the development and operations of RVETS from program co-founder Jan Zientek. Jan, the acting Agricultural Agent and County Extension Department Head for Essex County began formally working with veterans in 2008 at the VA Hospital in East Orange, New Jersey, where he created a garden training program which was integrated into the VA Compensated Work Therapy program. Jan will share how RVETS evolved, and strategies for creating partnerships and serving veterans in other urban communities.

Recording

Slides

Reaching Urban Veterans Through Horticulture (.pdf)

Presenter Info

Jan Zientek

Jan Zientek

County Extension Department Head
Senior Program Coordinator, Agriculture and Resource Management
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Cooperative Extension of Essex County
Email Jan
Jan’s Website

Competency in the City

Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT.

Description

Complexity and diversity in large cities requires Extension professionals to develop specific competencies. While the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other personal characteristics are similar to those reflected in all geographic settings, influences in the large cities intensify the degree to which personnel apply related competencies such as cultural competence, managing multiple resources, and communication to reach a larger and more diverse audience.

In this webinar, Julie Fox will share results of a competency study on the unique aspects of serving the Extension mission in urban communities. As a result of competency identification, Extension leaders can use the findings to improve Extension’s ability to attract, develop, retain, and structure competent talent. Julie will also provide an update from the National Urban Leaders Network (NULN) Professional Development action committee as they work to establish best practices for developing the capacity and competency of urban Extension educators, specialists, and administrators working with multi-stakeholder agendas

Recording

Slides

Competency In the City Webinar Slides (.pdf)

Presenter Info

Julie Fox OSUJulie M. Fox, Ph.D.
Associate Chair, Department of Extension, Ohio State University

fox.264@osu.edu       cityextension.osu.edu

As an Associate Professor with the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Julie serves as the OSU Extension in the City Program Leader, Central Region Extension Director, and Associate Chair for the Department of Extension.  Working with OSU since 1998, she holds a Ph.D. in Human and Community Resource Development and a MBA in Global Management.  Her background includes working in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Prior to working with OSU, she served as the executive director for an international trade association and a marketing manager for a worldwide nonprofit organization.

National Urban Extension Leaders – NUEL 101

Thursday, April 28, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT.

National Urban Extension Leaders Logo, with text: land grant universities - communities - actionDescription

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!

Recording

Slides

Presentation Slides (.pdf)

Presenter Info

Patrick Proden

Metro Regional Administrator
Oregon State University Division of Outreach and Engagement

Marie A. Ruemenapp

WCMER Research Fellow & Extension Educator
Organizational Development
Michigan State University Extension

Literature Database for Metropolitan Extension

WCMER research fellow Marie Ruemenapp conducted an extensive search of existing published literature relevant to metropolitan extension.  Her methodology and results are outlined below along with how this database (an EndNote database was created) will be accessible in the future and how you may use it to conduct additional research. You can view her webinar on this work.

Methodology

Searched for literature since 2000

Conducted Nested Boolean searches:

  • “Cooperative Extension” AND (“Urban OR “Metro)
  • “University Extension” AND (“Urban OR “Metro)
  • Additional terms searched, only included new items found

Search Indexes used:

  • ProQuest – particular attention to ERIC and dissertations.
    ProQuest Research Library contains over 2,000 periodicals in the following areas: Arts, Business, Children, Education, General Interest, Health, Humanities, International, Law, Military, Multicultural, Psychology, Sciences, Social Sciences, and Women’s Interests. One of the two search indexes that searches the Journal of Extension and into includes (ERIC) Education Resources Information Center. ERIC blends two files: Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE), covering the published journal literature from over 775 periodicals and Resources in Education (RIE), covering other research document literature, such as conference papers, books, theses, and research reports.
  • OCLC/First Search – particular attention to ERIC and WorldCat
    Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) or First Search is a broad base search engine that searches books, manuscripts, computer data files, maps, computer programs, musical scores, films and slides, newspapers, journals, sound recordings magazines, and videotapes in education, communicative sciences, social work, human development, and family studies. It is the other search index that searches the JOE and ERIC, and I was especially interested in WorldCat. It containing more than 35 million records in library holdings around the world.
  • EBSCO Host – particular attention to AGRICOLA and Urban Abstracts
    Is a broad based search engine searching many resource databases for communication, computer, gender studies, nursing, sports, religion and environmental sciences, including a broad set of agricultural and biological sciences through AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access) and Urban Studies Abstracts that focus on planning and design and sociology subjects.
  • Web of Science – particular attention to CAB Abstracts and Social Science Citation Index
    Includes the Institute for Scientific Information Citation Indexes, CAB Abstracts, Social Science Citation Index (SSCI). These search indexes search medical, biological, agricultural, animal and environmental sciences, geography, communicative sciences, international development, food and nutrition, social sciences, human development and family studies.
  • Google Scholar
    Is a broad based search engine that provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. This tool searches across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.

Results

The searches produced 2,357 literature citations.  362 of them were duplicates, leaving 1995 unique citations

These articles were organized into themes (folders in EndNote Database)

  • General Reference Materials
    • Historical materials about Extension related to working in urban/metro
    • General information about Extension’s urban/metro work
    • University Extension, outreach, partnerships, community centers
    • Information about Extension/non-profit community and economic development, and other general community building work in urban/metro
    • Any references that are not specifically program focused
  • Agriculture/Food Systems
    • Urban ag, gardens, Master Gardeners and food systems
  • Natural Resources
    • Water quality, SeaGrant, urban insects and pests (squirrelsJ), etc.
  • Health, Nutrition and Families
    • SNAP, EFNEP, nutrition, childcare, health, wellness, etc.
  • 4-H/Youth Development
    • 4-H, youth, anything about children
  • Community and Economic Development
    • Community development, economic development, land use

What’s next?

Accessibility: WCMER is currently researching how to make the EndNote Database openly accessible for broad use.  Please check back for updates

Further Research: No assessment of the quality of the resources were made at this time.  This applied work was only to collect existing resources.  The WCMER is looking for fellows to conduct further research utilizing this database for scholarly products such as review articles or meta-analyses on specific subjects (e.g. urban food systems, engaging millennials, etc).

If you are interested in conducting such research as a WCMER fellow, please contact the WCMER director Brad Gaolach (gaolach@wsu.edu)

WSU’s Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension

Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT.

Description

In 2009 WSU King County Extension’s plans to transform a 40-person county extension office into a metropolitan research center came to an abrupt halt. King County, reeling from the recession, slashed funding to WSU by almost 90%, eliminating nearly all Extension programming in Washington’s most populous county. Despite the extraordinary challenge, WSU maintained its long term vision, supported remaining programs and, in 2015, launched the Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension. Join WSU Metropolitan Center Director, Dr. Brad Gaolach, as he describes this journey, how it strengthened WSU’s resolve to transform Extension in the metropolitan region, and how it adds value to county extension offices and the university as a whole. The webinar will be followed by Q&A with the presenter.

Recording

Slides

Presenter Bio

Brad Gaolach, Ph.D.

Brad Gaolach, Ph.D.

Director, WSU Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension

Email Brad, 425.405.1734, Brad’s Website

Dr. Brad Gaolach is an Associate Professor, Washington State University Extension working on community sustainability in Washington’s metropolitan communities. He is the founding director for both WSU’s Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension and the Western Center for Metropolitan Research and Extension.

Prior to his current appointment, he served as the County Director for the two most populous counties in Washington State. Trained as population and community ecologist, he brings systems and sustainability based approaches to community-based applied research and education programs. He has conducted applied research and developed extension programs ranging from water quality, climate change, agriculture, food systems, and community and economic development. Since joining WSU Extension in 2001, Dr. Gaolach has emphasized collaboration amongst the assets of WSU and community-based partners.

Florida’s Urban Extension Strategic Plan

Thursday Feb 25, 2016 12-1 pm PDT.

Description

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.

 

Recording

 

Slides

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)

 

Presenter Bio

Charlie Vavrina

Charlie Vavrina,

District Extension Director (retired)
University of Florida – Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Gainesville, Florida
csv@ifas.ufl.edu

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.

Metropolitan Extension Best Practices: What is our research base?

Wednesday Nov 18, 2015 12-1 pm PDT.

Description

Within the last couple of years, the role, visibility, and impact of extension programs in urban and metropolitan communities has received increasing attention: the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research (WCMER) and the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) network were formed, A National Framework for Urban Extension was developed and adopted by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP).  Additionally, across the nation Extension programs are critically assessing and evaluating their programs and developing new models of delivery for Extension in metropolitan communities.

With this as a backdrop, a WCMER research fellow conducted an extensive literature review of peer-reviewed articles, reports, factsheets, and other appropriate literature.  These were compiled into and EndNote database and categorized by topic and program areas.  Once finalized, WCMER will make this database accessible to the public.

This webinar will present the findings of this literature review, demonstrate how the articles are organized within the database, provide a brief overview of how to use EndNote, and discuss how these data will be used in upcoming publications and research opportunities.

Recording

Slides

slides from presentation (.pptx)

Presenter Bio

Marie Ruemenapp

Marie A. Ruemenapp

Michigan State University Extension
446 W. Circle Drive; # 108 Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824

Email Marie    (248) 380-9100 (O)

Marie Ruemenapp has worked for Michigan State University (MSU) Extension for 29 years in various educational and administrative positions. She is currently assigned to the MSU Extension Director’s Office as part of the organizational development team working on special assignments. Prior to her current role, Marie served in two administrative roles in Southeast Michigan. From 2010 to May 2015 she was the district coordinator for Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties which encompass the greater Detroit metropolitan area. In this role, she provided administrative leadership for 11 Extension offices that housed approximately 125 staff. From 2005 to 2010, Marie held the positon of Regional Director for Southeast Michigan, a 13 county area staffed by 325 Extension staff and home to approximately 60% of Michigan’s residents. Besides working on special assignments for the MSU Extension Director’s Office, Marie is working on her Ph.D. at Michigan State University in urban and regional planning.