Summit on Extension in Ohio’s Urban Communities

More than 40 participants, representing OSU Extension county and state offices as well as campus and community partners, participated in the January 29 Summit on Extension in Ohio’s Urban Communities. Participants explored converging interests of university, college, and national urban Extension. Diverse working groups discussed the pull of the future, push of the present, and weight of the past for the four strategic Ps outlined in the National Framework for Urban Extension – positioning, programs, personnel, and partnerships. These groups moved from dialogue about a potential future to specific goals for a planned future for 2020-2025. Students DaVonti’ Haynes and Amelia Michaels shared preliminary analysis of a case study conducted with Extension’s urban-serving teams in Ohio’s most populated counties. Two outstanding professionals, Chris and Marvin Olinsky, were celebrated for their contributions to Extension in Ohio’s urban communities. This event followed the OSU Sesquicentennial Think Beyond Summit on Urban Universities + Thriving Communities. See for additional information and opportunities to join the positive forward motion.

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