Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Sustainable Urban Landscapes Symposium

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is hosting its 9th Sustainable Urban Landscapes Symposium as part of its Excellence in Horticulture Series of Symposiums. Speakers will tackle various talks under the loose headline of “Success Stories in Sustainable Horticulture.” The lineup this year includes: Peter MacDonagh, an internationally renowned expert in green infrastructure; Dr. Jamie Strange, Entomologist at Ohio State University and an expert on bumblebees; Joe Boggs, Hamilton County OSU Extension; and from the CZBG, Mark Fisher, Steve Foltz, and Scott Beuerlein. The event will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Registration closes March 6, 2020. 

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Think Beyond Summit: Urban Universities + Thriving Communities Presentations

Urban Universities + Thriving Communities Communities flourish when everyone within them has the opportunity to flourish.

On January 28, 2020 Educators, industry, nonprofit, and community leaders at The Ohio State University gathered to exchange ideas and reinvigorate collective efforts toward strengthening and sustaining vibrant, inclusive communities. It was made evidently clear that communities flourish when everyone within them has the opportunity to flourish. Through thought-provoking presentations by world-renowned speakers and thoughtful discussions, summit attendees learned that when urban-serving universities and communities join forces, they can confront the complexities of education, healthcare, economic, and human development.

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North Central Region Network Conference – Call for Proposals


Share your successes and lessons learned by submitting your proposal for the NUEL North Central Regional Network Conference. Proposals are due Friday, February 28, 2020. The conference will be held May 18-19, 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin.

The five themes for the conference were chosen through NUEL NC Region’s listserv and are listed below with the highest-ranking theme listed first. These themes are intentionally Extension specific, to promote presentations highlighting cross-disciplinary work, and will also serve as presentation content areas.

  • Program Delivery in Urban Areas
  • Systemic Equity/Cultural Competency
  • Resources
  • Technology
  • Healthcare

Presentations will be innovative, interactive sessions in which participants learn about or use tools, techniques, and approaches applicable to their work. Presentations must involve participants, using formats such as; role playing, simulations, practice sessions, tool application, case studies, success/failure stories, and discussion to spur thoughts. Breakout sessions will be one hour and fifteen minutes in length to allow time for post presentation discussion. Presentations can be 30 or 60 minutes in length. Thirty-minute presentations will be paired in the same room with another 30-minute presentation discussing the same theme. Sixty-minute presentations will not be paired. Team presentations are encouraged for 60-minute presentations.

The deadline for Submission is Friday, February 28, 2020

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Follow-up to Summit on Extension in Ohio’s Urban Communities

All are invited to attend a Zoom meeting on March 2, 2-3 p.m. EST. The meeting will pull together attendees from January’s Summit as well as others across the state who are interested in the future of Extension in Ohio’s Urban Communities. The goals generated from the Summit along with a Plan of Work will be explored during the session. If interested, please add the meeting to your calendar and join us on March 2.

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North Central Region Network Conference

Join National Urban Extension Leaders on May 18-19 for the NCR Network Conference to engage with colleagues from your region. The conference will be held at the Pyle Conference Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus located in the heart of Madison, Wisconsin.

Conference Goal: To build a network of urban Extension professionals in the North Central Region that leverages the knowledge and life experiences of the participants.

Conference Objectives:

  • Provide an affordable and high-quality professional development experience for urban Extension colleagues in the North Central Region.
  • Showcase Urban Extension models that are successful.
  • Leverage the knowledge and life experiences of the urban Extension professionals to improve work in our respective urban communities.

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The NUEL Steering Committee will meet on May 20 & 21 following the NCR Network Conference – All are welcome to attend! Be sure to register for the steering committee if you plan to attend.

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Food Security & Healthy Communities Panel Discussion

Last month, CURA hosted a panel discussion on Food Security & Healthy Communities. This was the first in a series of events centered around the theme of Food Security & Healthy Communities. The panel consists of experts from the City of Columbus – Cheryl L Graffagnino, Franklin County – Brian Estabrook, OSU Extension – Karima Samadi, and the College of Engineering, Knowlton School of Architecture – Kareem Usher.

Nearly 11% of the world’s population are food insecure or malnourished, and it may get worse: by 2050 farmers will need to produce almost 60% more food than currently. In Franklin County Ohio food insecurity is affecting Columbus neighborhoods. The type of food that is available to residents in these neighborhoods also plays into food insecurity. People who live in areas that do not have easy access to supermarkets tend to rely on stores that sell nutritionally-deficient or more expensive food. Transportation services, sidewalks, and the availability of crosswalks are also variables in residents’ access to healthy food options.

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Making a Difference Through Family and Consumer Sciences

Celebrating Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Day on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS): the field of study focused on the science and art of living and working well in our complex world.

Family and Consumer Sciences Educators: career title of individuals most often found working in secondary, post-secondary, and Extension programs.

Who should celebrate Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Day?
Anyone who wants to:

  • celebrate Family and Consumer Sciences Educators
  • share the story of FCS education’s relevance in today’s society, and effectiveness in addressing modern life needs within our United States
  • encourage students to consider careers as FCS educators

I am a Family and Consumer Sciences educator in an urban county. In many ways my programming looks similar to my colleagues in rural counties but there are some differences. While I feel self-conscious about taking a day to promote my work, I’m starting to understand the importance of FCS Educator Day. When I look at the inspiring work that my colleagues are doing across the state, in urban, rural, and suburban communities I realize that it’s a wonderful opportunity to highlight the stories and work of FCS Educators.

The theme for promoting FCS careers is: Making a Difference Through Family and Consumer Sciences. I’m confident my FCS colleagues would be making a difference, no matter what their field of work. When I think about this group of individual professionals, working in different communities across the state, there are notable commonalities. One specific trait I notice in my peers is that every one of us is a Problem Solver. We certainly don’t look at everything the same way, act in the same way, or solve problems in the same way; but I cannot think of an example when my colleagues weren’t willing to jump in and help create solutions. The problem solving is not limited to just offering advice. My colleagues actively help work on and contribute to solutions.

Occasionally, challenges are easily identified and then fixed. More often, especially when working with people and families, there is no one right answer. Sometimes it’s even difficult to determine the specific dilemma. Most solutions take time and require dedication and effort. My colleagues don’t shy away from a challenge. Because we work in various counties across the state, most of us do not see one another on a regular basis. We rely on technology to call, zoom, and share resources. Even without working together in the same physical space, FCS educators often work as teams and therefor are good at co-creating solutions.

For FCS Educator Day,

  • If you are a problem solver and you’re considering your best career path, learn more about Family and Consumer Sciences. It’s a field of study that benefits a variety of careers.
  • If you are reading this and thinking, “I know an FCS Educator,” take a moment to let them know what you appreciate about them. If someone is comfortable being in the spotlight, please share their story widely. If someone prefers working in the background, it’s a good time to recognize what they contribute to this field. Send a note, post a message, or share a picture of the professionals that contribute to strong families and communities.
  • If you are reading this and thinking, “I wish I knew an FCS Educator” check out your local schools and Extension office. Occasionally, FCS is not given the recognition it deserves. While FCS Educators could be spending more time promoting the work they do, my guess is that most of my peers will spend FCS Educator Day, similar to other workdays. They will be building a better community, working with one person, family, or class at a time and not necessarily seeking accolades.

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Article courtesy of Patrice Powers-Barker, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Lucas County, Ohio


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.