Communities flourish when everyone within them has the opportunity to flourish. When urban-serving universities and communities join forces, we can confront the complexities of education, healthcare, economic, and human development in order to:
Prepare an increasingly diverse workforce to successfully navigate careers through technological, economic, and social change.
Assess, treat, and prevent urban health risks for increasingly diverse populations.
Create sustainable solutions for continued and inclusive growth that improve the quality of life in our communities.
Join educators, industry, nonprofit, and community leaders at The Ohio State University on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST in the Ohio Union to exchange ideas and reinvigorate the collective efforts toward strengthening and sustaining vibrant, inclusive communities. Follow this link to learn more.
The Coalition for Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conference (CUMU) was held in Philadelphia on October 20-23. CUMU is one of the nations largest and long-running organizations committed to serving and connecting the world’s urban and metropolitan universities to address the unique challenges faced in urban environments. The Ohio State University is a member of the coalition. The conference brought together many high-level partner universities, city governments and non-profit organizations to discuss how community engagement can be leveraged to serve our collective client residents. Learning about the different perspectives was a valuable experience for me as an attendee. I enjoyed seeing how Extension can provide outreach and education to serve the Land Grant mission of Ohio State while learning how other stakeholders address their own client needs. I highly recommend this conference as a unique and valuable experience to gain insight on how other partner institutions address the challenges that are faced in urban and metropolitan environments. Follow this link to learn more.
Join James S. Bates, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Extension Field Specialist, Family Wellness and the team at the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center for a brainstorm discussion via Zoom on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 10 a.m. to learn about your experiences related to school-family-community engagement in the communities and schools you serve. They are also interested in your feedback on an infographic toolkit they would like to develop around school-family-community engagement. For those who are not able to attend but would still like to be part of this initiative, please feel free to email Dr. James Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Barbara Boone at email@example.com with your thoughts. Viewing the recording may prompt additional thoughts you could share.
Below is the outline for the meeting:
Welcome and Introduction
What is school-family-community engagement?
How does it help families and communities?
How did FCS Extension become involved?
Open discussion of the following:
Introduce the infographic material
What topics related to school-family engagement might be of interest to schools, families, community?
Publishing in journals provides an opportunity for Extension professionals to share their program, research, and teaching efforts with others and to contribute to the knowledge base of the profession. For many Extension professionals, however, the publication process can seem overwhelming and just the thought of it is enough to bring on writer’s block. An initial question often asked is: What can I write about? With time for writing at a premium, one of the keys is to work smarter by considering the publication potential presented by everyday Extension practice. This webinar will set participants up for success as authors by reviewing publication opportunities, the writing process, and how to overcome common mistakes. You’ll hear from Theresa Ferrari, an Extension Specialist in 4-H Youth Development, at The Ohio State University. She has varied experience as an author, reviewer, and editor of scholarly publications. She represents NAE4-HA on the board of Extension Journal, Inc. and is the chair of the Editorial Committee, which has oversight for publishing the Journal of Extension. The webinar will be held Friday, October 25, 2019 at 12 p.m. ET. Follow this link to learn more.
This webinar is focused on emerging technologies in regards to local foods systems and their possible effects on regional landscapes. We term these technologies “smart implements” and they include advanced farm management systems as well as robotic harvesters and cultivation tools. They can be partnered with other technologies, such as urban greenhouses and vertical agriculture. Through this combination, it may be possible to create automated greenhouses within or close to urban environments. This may allow a reworked urban environment, with food systems becoming increasingly contained within cities, especially for high value crops like fruits and vegetables. Possible consequences include increased urban density, better standards of living, and a new source of economic growth for these communities. All are invited to examine these exciting potential futures. The webinar will be held Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 2 p.m. ET. Follow this link to learn more.
The Ohio State University Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), the Sustainability Institute (SI), University Libraries, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) are hosting a three-day series of events for World Food Day. Events on October 16-18 will highlight World Food Day’s aim to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. Follow this link to learn more.
Today 55% of the world’s population live in cities and towns and the number is growing every day. Every October UN-Habitat and partners organize a month of activities, events, and discussions on urban sustainability. 2018 was the most successful Urban October on record with a total of 61 countries and 107 cities marking World Habitat Day and World Cities Day, and hosting events to celebrate Urban October. Urbanization presents some of the most significant opportunities and challenges in the world today. Cities are centers for economic growth and development but also face demographic, environmental, economic, and social challenges. Follow this link to learn more about Urban October.
In this 2.5 day training, you’ll learn how to begin thinking differently about collaboration, how to help groups have different, and more productive kinds of conversations, and how to make sure conversation turns into action. There will be a simulation for the first two days of the training, and you’ll be learning Strategic Doing by doing it – as well as plenty of time for unpacking why it works so you can make it your own. On the last half-day, you’ll have time to consider how to start using Strategic Doing to approach your own challenges, and get assistance from the instructors as well as your peers. Participants will receive a copy of the book: Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership (Wiley, 2019), a workbook, as well as access to an online library of resources. The workshop will start on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 8 a.m. and conclude Friday, November 8 at 1 p.m. Follow this link to access event details.